Well, that didn't take long.
On the heels of the Boston Celtics' 94-90 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, there were two stars usurping the spotlight after the game. One was Boston forward Kevin Garnett, whose 26 points and 11 rebounds led the Celtics to the huge upset. The other wasn't a player, but instead an anonymous kid's voice from above the Heat tunnel, encouraging the downtrodden home team with an incessant barrage of "good job, good effort"'s!
Well, he was anonymous. Not any more. Now we know who he is.
Say "Hello" to Jack Meyer of Coral Gables, Florida. He's a nine-year-old diehard Miami Heat fan, who wants to make it VERY clear that his encouraging shouts to the players after the game were not meant to be sarcastic at all. (That was a common theory last night, that whoever was yelling was actually just some sort of verbal troll. Not the case.)
From NBC Miami:
So when people have the audacity to question whether the young Coral Gables hoops fan was mocking the Heat, the passion in his voice makes it obvious where he stands.
"LeBron James was fighting so hard, Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem. Chris Bosh only played 14 minutes, yet one of his best games," he said.
Jack, who was at the game with his father James, hopes his cheers will encourage the team for Game 6.
"You can't give up this easily," he said. "You know there's always got to be a second chance for you. You always have the power to win."
On the surface, this is a bit of a feel-good story, an innocent kid getting his 15 minutes of fame because his heart is in the right place. That said, I have to admit that the video story they ran on Meyer on sun-sentinel.com (video was not embeddable, but can be found here) did not do anything to enhance my position on Meyer.
Truth be told, he comes across as one of those little know-it-all kids who might have eaten paste at some point (or had it fed to him by a classmate). Also, his parents gave him a head start on the douchey, gelled-up haircut look, but I guess with so many young Floridians being relegated to a mullet, I can't complain too much about how the kid is coiffed.
Probably the most revealing part of Meyer's Heat fandom comes with the final quote in the video:
"Miami Heat really are winners. It doesn't matter if the Heat lose, in my heart they win every single game. They're an undefeated team. In my heart, every year they win the championship."
Sounds suspiciously like a nine-year-old's version of LeBron's post-game quote last night: "We played good enough to give ourselves a chance to win. That's all you can ask for."
In other words....GOOD JOB, GOOD EFFORT...
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