Last Thursday, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James finally captured his first-ever NBA championship. LeBron’s otherworldly performance in the 2012 NBA Finals (which included a triple-double in the Game 5 clincher) appears to have put to rest the long held belief that he could not get it done in a high pressure situation.
Miami Heat president Pat Riley is now the proud owner of a whopping eight NBA championship rings.
After winning six titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (one as a player, one as an assistant coach, four as a head coach), the basketball icon just captured his second championship as a member of the Heat organization (one as a head coach, one as an executive).
As is to be expected, one the greatest beneficiaries of the Miami Heat’s appearance in the 2012 NBA Finals is the South Florida hotel scene. With this in mind, a website called Miami Hotels Blog posted a little nugget highlighting some of the restaurants and hotels that reside near the American Airlines Arena.
Fair enough, right?
At first glance, everything appears to be OK until taking a closer look at the team this lacking in sports knowledge writer appears to believe is playing his or hers hometown Heat.
The unbelievable sentence reads as follows:
Miami’s all-star basketball team is playing hard in the National Basketball Association’s Finals against the Kansas City Thunder.
Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals was without question the biggest sporting event in the history of Oklahoma. While the Oklahoma Sooner and Oklahoma State Cowboy football and basketball programs have been a part of the national sports scene for many decades, the state’s entry into the world of professional sports only took place a mere four years ago, when the former Seattle SuperSonics decided to hang their hat in downtown Oklahoma City.
What a perfect marriage this has turned out to be!
Tuesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals. OKC will be the setting for Games 1 and 2 (played Tuesday and Thursday night), as well as possible Games 6 and 7 (scheduled for June 24 and June 26 respectively).
iFolloSports.com is the fan’s source for the scene surrounding the Finals, during both the Oklahoma and South Florida portions of the series.
Below is a look at the best places to see and be seen, as the NBA world descends upon the Sooner State.
Tuesday was an off day in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, with both the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils electing to practice at the Kings and Lakers shared facility in El Segundo (CA). The Toyota Sports Center (TSC) is located 15 miles southwest of Staples Center and two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport.
After the conclusion of the Kings morning skate, players exited the facility to an awaiting group of loyal and long suffering fans.
The New Jersey Devils took to the ice at the Kings and Lakers shared facility in El Segundo (CA), shortly after LA’s off day workout came to a conclusion on Tuesday. The Toyota Sports Center (TSC) is located 15 miles southwest of Staples Center and six miles south of the Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey hotel, New Jersey’s property of choice during the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.
The Devils team charter bus was positioned behind the TSC facility, with several members of the organization choosing to sign autographs for an awaiting group of mostly Kings fans, just before boarding the bus.
In addition to chronicling the presence of NHL legends Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, prior to Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, iFolloSports.com amassed video of figures from the worlds of athletics and entertainment, as they entered Staples Center via the arena’s VIP entrance.