Five Types of Miamians Who Still Wear LeBron James Miami Heat Jerseys | New Times Broward-Palm Beach


Five Types of Miami Fans Who Still Wear LeBron James Heat Jerseys

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It's been almost three years since LeBron James last bounced a basketball for the Heat, but constant reminders remain of his four-season tour in Miami. No, we're not talking about your dad and his Tourette's-like stream of profanity that flares up every time he sees LeBron on TV. We're talking about the No. 6 Heat jerseys that still litter the South Florida landscape.

You can check as many times as you'd like in the hopes it's a true Heat fan rocking an old-school Mario Chalmers jersey, but it's always a LeBron shirt. There's been an unspoken rule in Miami since 2014: Don't wear a LeBron James jersey around here because you'll make everyone uncomfortable. Yet some people are still doing it, with no regard for most Heat fans' feelings after LeBron's return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Who are these people? We've identified a few of them so you can be on the lookout.
George Martinez

5. The gym guy
The gym is where out-of-date sports jerseys go to die sweaty, tattered, abusive deaths, and in South Florida, there's a boatload of LeBron jerseys living out their final days at LA Fitness. The guy who wears a LeBron shirt to the gym in South Florida in 2017 might as well be wearing a sandwich board that reads, "I paid $80 for this damn thing, so I'm wearing it somewhere, all right?" If there were ever a person you would like to see trip and fall off a treadmill, it's this guy.
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Ryan Yousefi
4. The non-basketball fan, T.J. Maxx shopper
This is going to shock you, but not everyone lives and breathes sports like you do. Some people look at a sports jersey and the words on the front and back might as well be written in Turkish. But everyone knows who LeBron is. Have you ever been to a store that sells soccer jerseys and been able to picture only Messi and Ronaldo? For these people, the LeBron jersey is the exact same thing. This T.J. Maxx shopper finds a LeBron jersey on the clearance rack for $9.99 and doesn't know or care that he no longer plays for the Heat.
Alex Broadwell
3. The LeBron James superfan
The LeBron James superfan would wear a camo tutu if Dick's Sporting Goods put LeBron's number on it. This person buys every shoe LeBron releases and leaves them in the closet with the ball of paper still in the toes. This person definitely owns Lebron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School jersey. You can't really knock the LeBron superfan's right to worship his favorite sports star, but you can judge him for doing so all up in the face of the 305, 786, and 954.
Alex Broadwell
2. The Heat fan who unapologetically still loves LeBron
Not every Heat fan is wired the same. Some have been riding the #TeamPetty bus since the minute LeBron left town, while others practically helped load his moving truck the day he left and handed him a goodbye letter as he pulled away. The further we are removed from the pain of LeBron breaking up a historically good basketball team, the less it hurts and the more some Heat fans are able to show appreciation for him.

The Heat fans who were able to act civil from the get-go are probably just better at adulting than the rest of us, but one could also argue they aren't as good at being a real fan. True fans don't always listen to reason. The unapologetic LeBron fan was shunned for a while in Heat Nation but is now accepted once again.
Alex Broadwell
1. The Miami Beach party bro
This guy still wears a LeBron Heat jersey because it makes his arms looked ripped when he shotguns a beer. He's ready to fight you right now if you wanna go. There are very few places a grown man can pull off wearing an NBA jersey, but the Beach is definitely on the list of approved places. This dude isn't going out to buy a new jersey, because he spends all his money on overdressing for his job so people take him seriously. This guy definitely still wears his Shaq Heat jersey as well. The Miami Beach party bro rocks a Ryan Tannehill jersey to the mall and doesn't think twice.
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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