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Heat players nickname themselves “The Heatles”

Jan 4, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

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Well, this should be gasoline on the fire that is people thinking the Miami Heat’s egos are running amok.

During his postgame comments Monday night (via the Miami Herald), LeBron joked that the Heat call themselves “The Heatles” because they sell out every stadium they tour on the road. (The Heatles is a not-so-subtle Beatles reference. You know, the Beatles. That band Apple is incessantly hyping on iTunes right now.)

Ugh. I can’t want until the phony Heatlemania has bitten the dust.

LeBron, you should have stuck with contraction talk. It’s just too early for this — the Beatles are the most successful rock band of all time and you guys have yet to really do anything except look good in December. You haven’t even been on Ed Sullivan yet.

One other thing — try selling out your home arena before you go say this stuff. Think the Beatles didn’t sell out in Liverpool? The Heat are packing arenas on the road but any reader of this blog can still walk up to the box office windows and buy tickets for Heat games at the American Airlines Arena. Not good.

(LeBron, just a word of advice between you and me — if you’re on a Beatles kick avoid that whole “bigger than Jesus” thing that John Lennon tried. Did not go over well then, would get you crushed now that Christians have figured out this Internet thing. Just a warning.)

Over at CBS Facts & Rumors, Matt Moore makes the case that LeBron is really a good fit for John Lennon, Dwayne Wade makes a very good Paul McCartney, but that Chris Bosh is really more Ringo than the intellectual George Harrison (it was Harrison who helped transform the Beatles into the groundbreaking band it became by the late 1960s). All that works for me. I might start calling Bosh “Ringo.”

  1. hnirobert3 - Jan 4, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    How is Bosh not Harrison? The second he started playing better on the offensive side and committing himself more to rebounding is when the Heat started the little run they are on.

    As to who’s Ringo… that’s easy. It’s Joel Anthony.

  2. florida727 - Jan 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Shut up, LeBron, until you actually win something. Will this self-promoting fool never stop looking to get his name mentioned in the media somehow. I’m so sick of this guy. I really wish he would just go away… and no, I’m not a former Cleveland fan.

  3. nomenclature77 - Jan 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    The players are calling themselves the Heatles? You mean Bosh, LeBron, and D-Wade? There are no other players on the team.

  4. thestudiokida - Jan 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    florida727, if you must comment on an article why not try to make it relevant? You say youre tired of LeBron talking to the media and making headlines? Well the rest of us are tired of every Miami Heat post featuring 200 idiots like you spreading indescriminate hate on the team. If you want to hate trying making a valid point about the nicknames.

  5. thieveland216 - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    I don’t know what’s more pompous: Lebron’s vile existence or the turd at CBS going to extraordinarily great lengths to draw such inane comparisons and play out this story longer than it has to be played out.

    Lebron made a douchey comment, and I guarantee he will make many more.

  6. willeyb296 - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Don’t you just miss the days when NBA players let their game do the talking?

    • hnirobert3 - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      Welcome to our society. You can thank the internet, media, social networking, etc. The days of reading the box score in the newspaper are DEAD, so get over it.

  7. silencegooddoer - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Hey LeBron, we nicknamed stupid comments “LeBronisms”

    Catcher in the Rye anyone?

  8. jayzus - Jan 4, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    “Ugh. I can’t want until the phony Heatlemania has bitten the dust.”

    I had to laugh at this since you are particularly interested in keeping all things HEAT prevalent on your site. No one can blame you really since it’s about the only topic that people seem to consistently post on.

    • hines86for6 - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      It’s a Clash reference. Song: London Calling

  9. thestudiokida - Jan 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    I hope it sticks. The Beatles were the best of their generation and now the Heat will establish themselves as the best of this one. Kobe is washed up, bitches!!

  10. topprospect - Jan 4, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Your assertion that one can buy tickets at the arena is slightly misleading. The only tickets one can buy at the arena on gamedays are standing room only. And at $50-$80 a pop to stand in the upper level…that’s a tough sell.

  11. secdominance - Jan 4, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    you know, journalism is supposed to be free from bias

    • secdominance - Jan 4, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      what am I saying, there is no such thing as sports journalism anymore. Silly me

  12. cordae - Jan 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Okay, maybe I’m a bit too young to understand the whole “beatles” mania thing, but they were NOT larger than life. They just made good music (according to others). I don’t care how many records theyve sold or how many arenas they sold out, they’re human beings just like the rest of us. It’s not like he said they were “Jesus and the 12 apostles”. So how exactly is it a “douchy” comment? People need to get a grip. It’s not that serious……really.

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