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At least one kid thought Miami gave “good effort, good job”

Jun 6, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

It’s good to know that while the rest of us will spend the day killing the Heat for their effort and the job they put forth Tuesday night there is one young fan that believes they did their best.

He was the lone voice of support as LeBron James, Shane Battier and DNP-CD Ronny Turiaf left the court following their devastating Game 5 loss at home. Watch the video.

“Good effort, good job. Good job, good effort.” All said with encouraging claps.

It’s heartening to know that the lessons of U8 soccer — that it’s about having fun, trying hard, and having orange slices and juice boxes after the game — have stuck with this kid.

He’s young, no need to tell him yet that this is a results-based world where losing at home when you are the team with more raw talent is seen as a failure. That the Heat’s collapse has the feel of doom through hubris that fueled many a Greek tragedy. That can all be for another day. He’s got a whole life ahead to learn those lessons. For now…

“Good effort, good job. Good job, good effort.”

Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the video.

  1. professoressadiesel - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM


    Think Pat Riley might try to sign that kid to Coach Game 6??

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      lol. Worst part about it is the Heat didnt give a “good effort”. Not getting back on D multiple times because you are complaining to the refs, in the 4th Quarter of Game 5??? Your MVP standing in the corner instead of cutting to the rim??? Not playing your 3rd All-Star in the 4th, even though he felt fine???

      Im not complaining, but are the Heat trying to lose?

    • zhangocracy - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      He needs to know how to operate a VCR. Then he’ll be qualified.

  2. tampajoey - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    The Bandwagon Heat fan’s tears of insufferable sadness are so delicious!

  3. mx429 - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    He understands how important it is for a child to hear encouragement even in the face of failure, and he was addressing children. That spoiled, self-important and whiney children don’t understand this honest and well-intended sentiment is not reflective upon him, just his lack of experience with brats.

  4. mungman69 - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    I thought it was a woman.

  5. beatsbythe0ne - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I almost cried laughing when I heard this!!

  6. lionsplayoffs - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    It absolutely the perfect ending to the telecast. I heard it live. Even that kid somehow managed to sound sarcastic. It’s funny how different this whole thing would be if LeBron hadn’t arranged that ESPN Decision stupid show. People still wouldn’t have liked the move, but they wouldn’t have hated him and the team like they do now.

  7. berbes - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    that kid had the most heart out of anyone else wearing heat jersey’s last night. now, someone tell him about santa.

  8. hookem6903 - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    How many times did he say it? Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4….

  9. noahbird - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    That kid was loud and repetitive. His coach/dad (in that order) needs to work on his son’s vocab and letting him know that a good effort doesn’t count when you make millions.

  10. shockexchange - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    That shows you the impact these starts have on kids. Regardless if the Heat wins or not, that kid is going to “ride or die” with Lebron, Wade, Turiat, et. al. Perfect endorsement for the NBA.

    • zhangocracy - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      His parents also award him participation ribbons in a little league doesn’t keep score.

  11. sportsinhd - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Hearing that kid live I assumed he was probably a sarcastic Celtics fan.

  12. loungefly74 - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    a great reminder to us adults that in the grand scheme of life…it’s a game they are playing for our entertainment…thats it.

  13. zhangocracy - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I detect the hint of a Boston accent in that kid’s voice.

  14. abchome - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Maybe the kid’s taunting. LBJ disappeared in the last 8 minutes and Turiaf didn’t play at all.

  15. lakerluver - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Poor, delusional kid. At least he has more heart and passion then LBJ.

  16. ceschatz - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Awww, bitter lakers fan’s team sitting home watching LBJ in the playoffs 2 years in a row.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      awww…bitter laker fans crying about how it hard to carry 5 trophies…

  17. ceschatz - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Awww, bitter lakers fans living the in the past because they have no present or future.

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