Despite Loss, Young Miami Heat Fan Still Impressed by His Team’s Effort (Video)
We always tell kids, “it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.” And I’ll be damned if they don’t believe us.
Last night in Miami, after the Heat suffered a heartbreaking home loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals (they were up by 13 points in the 2nd and 9 points in the 3rd), there was at least one fan at American Airlines Arena who was not utterly disgusted with their star-studded team.
As the Heat players walked off the court and down the tunnel to their locker room, they were greeted by an enthusiastic chorus of moral support from a kid who couldn’t be more than 11 years old. You only see him for a split second on the video that follows, but you hear him loud and clear for much longer than that, as he yells “Good job, Good effort” at each of the passing Heat players.
Even I have to admit it’s pretty cute. And I had long assumed that kids became jaded by NBA prima donnas by the age of 8 at the latest. But this kid still has his innocence. So everyone, shhhhhh. Don’t tell that kid that LeBron, D-Wade, and the Bosh-trich are getting paid tens of millions of dollars for one thing: to win championships.
The kid was right about one thing, though: it was a pretty solid effort by Miami. LeBron finished with 30 points and Wade finished with 27. Unfortunately, despite all that effort, nobody else on the team could muster more than 9. So perhaps the “good job” part is a little inaccurate.