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Heat fans skip several steps, chant “Beat L.A” during scrimmage

Oct 17, 2010, 11:52 PM EDT


We don’t really know how good this Heat team will be — the big three have spent just over three minutes together on the court so far. It’s been a bit of a wasted preseason for the Heat. The players get it and have said they are not looking too far ahead yet.

The fans… they are looking ahead.

At an open scrimmage the Heat hosted Sunday fans started a “Beat L.A.” chant, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Miami fans, David Stern may share your dream of a Heat/Lakers finals but, um, there’s the little issue of Boston and Orlando out East. Got to get by them before you can earn a shot at the Lakers.

That would be the Celtics with the long front line you will struggle to match up with. That would be the Orlando Magic that are going to run a point guard/center pick and roll that attacks your two weakest positions.

Heat fans, you are going to have a good team But you look past the rest of the East at your own peril. And you just gave them some bulletin board material.

  1. fouldwimmerlaik - Oct 18, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    As a Laker fan, I’m highly amused and flattered that the chant “Beat L.A.!” has become iconic of sorts. A testament to the greatness of this franchise. No other team has elicited such institutionalized expression of envy from other fans.

    The Lakers has been THE benchmark for upstart teams trying to get their own legacy.

    As far as I’m concerned, there is only one other team that can even try to make a claim of greatness — the Boston Celtics.

    The others are just pretenders, one-hit wonders, or still aspiring ones (getting there but not quite – see the Bulls, Spurs, and Pistons).

    Bring it on, Heat!

    Though I rather see another Boston-LA Finals. Getting that three-peat and Matching 17 all at the expense of the Celtics would be total bliss!

    • hnirobert3 - Oct 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM

      “No other team has elicited such institutionalized expression of envy from other fans.”

      The Yankees have you beat. In the NBA you’re #1, but in pro sports it’s not even close. It’s still something to be proud of.

      • fouldwimmerlaik - Oct 20, 2010 at 9:16 AM

        I’m sorry, but I think I’m missing something here as I am not much of a baseball fan as I’m an NBA fan: What exactly do anti-Yankee fans chant? What is the counterpart of “Beat L.A.!”?

  2. zackd22 - Oct 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Miami has fans? Weren’t there like 2,000 people in that arena last year?

    • hnirobert3 - Oct 18, 2010 at 11:27 AM

      Were Lakers fans filling up the stadium to watch Kwame Brown? From 2005-2007 you were behind the Heat in attendance numbers and percentages of seats sold. Unfortunately, Miami’s an event town. Fortunately, we’ll have the best event in the NBA nightly for at least the next 4 years.

      • zackd22 - Oct 18, 2010 at 2:19 PM

        “you” implies that I’m a lakers fan, which I’m not. Everyone knows LA fans are junk, watch their baseball games and they show up in the 3rd inning.

        The criticism is still legit though. Same in Boston before the trades, 2,000 people showing up, now the Celtics and the Heat are die hard fans, please.

      • ibejeph - Oct 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM

        Lakers fans definitely were not filling up Staples Center to watch that craptacular bunch but they do have decades of winning behind them. It is hard to call Lakers’ fans bandwagoneers when they’ve been watching a team contend (and win) for decades.

        On the other hand, the Heat have been around since ’88 and have put out a contending team twice, now three times with the Three Amigos. Suddenly, they have fans everywhere…I didn’t see anyone rocking an Odom jersey in ’04.

  3. fouldwimmerlaik - Oct 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    You are such a wuss. With the present setup in posting, you and your kind can get banned and that includes range of IP address. Your obsession in mocking my account pathetic but laughable. You can’t get over the fact that you were schooled last season.

    Carry on and continue to make a fool of yourself.

    Anyhoots, real fans know what a clearasil kid you are. LMAO!!!

  4. fouldwimmerlaik - Oct 18, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Thank you site moderator, for getting rid of the troll. I see that PBT is serious in getting rid of riff raffs.

    Poetic justice and good riddance!

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