Tuesday April 15, 2013, will be a day to remember. The crowds were not congregated at the post office in lines waiting to mail their income tax returns. The crowds gather elsewhere. It will go down in history as the day the Miami Heat bench (minus LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh, and Udonis Haslem) take a stand to claim their place in history.
NORRIS COLE # 30 plays basketball as smoothly as John Coltrane played his sax and Thelonious Monk played his piano. In his College town of Cleveland among his family and friends a/k/a the Cole Mobile entourage, Norris Cole steps up to the plate and bats 16 points, plus 11 rebounds and 9 assists. A former football player, Norris Cole’s stamp as an athlete comes towards the end of this basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers when Norris throws down a wicked knuckle ball play, normally thrown in baseball without spin but some waving whips and dips causing erratic and unpredictable motion. With seconds left in the game and the clock ticking down his final play puts Cole in the history books. The Heat is up by only 1 point. Cleveland’s phenomenal guard, Kyrie Irving # 2 from Duke has the ball racing towards the rim with enough time to score. Heat and Cavalier fans are all holding their breath, knowing that if Kyrie makes this shot the game is over and Cleveland wins. Cole is breathing hard and sweating, running right in step alongside Kyrie. Cole is sweating but he is stone cold adamant that he will not let Kyrie score. Norris knows his time is limited. His conviction refuses to let Kyrie snatch a win from the Miami Heat. He must stop Kyrie from making that winning score. Norris locks his vision, like a laser on the ball in Kyrie’s hands. Still moving with enormous speed, Norris goes into a zone and becomes one with the bouncing ball. The clock is quickly running down, 3 seconds, 2.5 seconds, 2.4 seconds. Cole must do something and do it fast. Cole’s pulse is throbbing. At just the right moment, with 2.2 seconds, Cole launches out and strikes between dribbles, without touching Kyrie, Cole makes a clean sweep taking the ball right from Irving’s hands as Kyrie continues a dribbling motion (minus the ball). Kyrie is in emotional shock, not knowing what just happened. Norris Cole executes with perfect precision then turns and races to the other end. The clock runs out and that’s the end of that story. “Oh, did I say the Heat wins 96-95 with Cole’s first double-double of his career, 16 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.
Tuesday, April 15, 2013, will go down in history as the day that Miami Heat player RASHARD LEWIS # 9 from the small town of Beaumont, Texas joins the big leagues. rebounds. Rashard moves his 235 pounds forward and hooks a pretty good size fish, scoring a game-high 19 points plus 3 rebounds. On the court Rashard is as relaxed as his deep-sea fishing venture with Rick Kalin, the winner of an American Airlines auction, where Rashard catches a pretty good size fish and experiences the wonders of the sea. Rashard learns there is no place like the tranquility of nature’s vast ocean. Rashard brings some of that experience with him in this game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, where Lewis relaxes his guard and has the most fun since he joined the Miami Heat.
Tuesday, April 15, 2013, will go down in history as the day that Miami Heat player JOEL ANTHONY # 50 becomes lighter, gets up off his feet and experiences levitation, scoring his highest points ever.
Tuesday, April 15, 2013, will go down in history as the day that Miami Heat player CHRIS ANDERSEN # 11 tries his wings with a dunk that elevates and solidifies him as “the Bird” man that COULD fly.
Tuesday, April 15, 2013, was the day that Miami Heat player JUWAN HOWARD # 5 steps in the shoes of Miami Heat Coach Eric Spoelstra’s, from the side lines Howard coaches the bench. “Looking good, Fab 5, looking like a coach.”
Tuesday, April 15, 2013, will go down in history as the day that Miami Heat player JAMES JONES # 22, winner of the NBA 2011 All-Star 3-Point Shoot-Out Competition, demonstrates what it takes to keep your muscles and mind limber and your game sharp no matter how many games you have to sit on the bench waiting, but ready when your number is called. Despite many days between playing, like an understudy in a Broadway performance, Jones steps on the court ready to play and he gives a winning performance with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Jones then steps in front of the camera with poise and tells the world to look out, the Heat is on.
Tuesday, April 15, 2013, is one day before Miami Heat player RAY ALLEN # 34 will select the winners of his Legend Pack Sweepstakes. Some lucky winners will be happy. “Hey Ray, I want the game worn Nikes to help me run faster in writing more creative, thought-provoking, educational, inspiring blogs. Let’s make a deal.”
Miami Heat player SHANE BATTIER # 31, my hometown boy from the Detroit area, knows how to take charge and get the job done. Whenever there is trouble brewing with a smothering score, this 6-foot-8 power-forward consistently banks triples, advancing the score by leaps to widen the Heat’s lead.
Miami Heat player MIKE MILLER # 13 is the thriller that went from the chilling cold of the Minnesota Timberwolf’s to Miami’s spanking Heat. Mike is familiar with Milwaukee’s chilling cold so I don’t need to tell you Mike to dress warm cause you know the Bucks will come to Miami intending to throw a chill on Miami. “Not to worry.” Miami Heat has a Trump card (not you Donald). Fans are ready with their White Hot Heat to help the Miami Heat escape the chilling cold. Burn the house down if necessary.
Today, Tuesday, April 15, 2013, will go down in history as the day that Miami Heat player JARVIS VARNADO # 24 comes out of obscurity and gets introduced to the world. Last Sunday, at family day he walked alone carrying a big stick, but expect Varnado, from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, and one number above Michael Jordan’s # 23, to be a force in his own right and one to be reckoned with. Today, Rookie Varnado – he plays, he speaks, and he shines. Oh, did I forget to say he smiles. Varnado left Mississippi for Boston then left Boston to create some heat in Miami. Unfortunately, today on April 15, 2013 Boston created heat and made history, but in a different kind of way.
JARVIS VARNADO # 24
The Massachusetts Historical Society located in Boston, houses the ink pen used by President Abraham Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, which became official in January 1863. It’s purpose – to give some freedom, create some order, and re-distribute some rights. A little over a hundred-years later in April, 1968, the King-maker, Dr. Martin Luther King, whose dream for peace gave definition to civil, and whose foot-race was for rights, got assassinated. King left the passion burning, but death put an end to his foot-race. This week, on Tuesday, April 15, 2013, one-hundred-fifty years after freedom rang the bells in Boston toll at least 3 deaths and more than 180 wounded in a heinous act, by two brothers who drank some cool-aide that puts a tragic stamp on what has been a harmless foot-race for a simple pleasure. 8-year-old Martin Richard, one of the three killed in Boston held a sign that read “PEACE.” What is it about Peace that brings death? The Boston Marathon organized by the Boston Athletic Association is the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon. Runners take time from their hectic schedules to run for a worthy cause and have some fun; instead, these runners got blasted with bombs and ball-bearings. As with any loss, only time can heal the pain but the race must go on.