To the astonishment of anyone who watched the first two games of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are (is?) the 2006 champions. South Florida is euphoric after years of basketball futility.
I'm coming up with this one off the top of my head, but I believe this is the first time in NBA history that a team without a plural nickname has won it all. The Jazz had a couple of shots, but never closed the deal. It may even be the first time in major team sports (unless you count hockey as a major team sport, which nobody does). Of course, it doesn't hurt that neither the NFL nor Major League Baseball has any teams with singular names, but still...
I'm told (and the ABC broadcast reiterated) that a Mavericks victory parade route had been developed and published in Dallas sometime around Game 2. Heat players mentioned it as part of the inspiration for their sudden turnaround.
If it's true, that's the most ill-advised parade in Dallas since the presidential motorcade snaked through Dealey Plaza.
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