The Miami Heat celebrated their second straight championship with a parade through the city on Monday. Four days after LeBron James and Co. defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals, members of the team were joined by an estimated 400,000 people in downtown Miami.
Following the parade, the players and coaches were honored at a rally in American Airlines Arena, where the Heat closed out their series with the Spurs. Before the festivities concluded, a video played highlights of Miami’s run in the playoffs, which turned out to be more difficult than many had initially imagined. After sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami lost the first game of their series with the Chicago Bulls, and needed 14 games to get by the Indiana Pacers and Spurs.
"It's a special group," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "You know what? This season started over nine months ago with that trip to China and we were able to experience so many cool things together in the regular season. But at times, it just seems to be going by so fast."
The core of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will look to accomplish the first three-peat in over a decade. It could be the group’s last chance to win a title together, though, with each player having the option o becoming a free agent in 2014.
Below is video if the parade, which featured one close call. James narrowly avoided being hit by a bridge, as he barley ducked in time when the bus he was on drove underneath an overpass.