“The Heat have made history this year,” LeBron James said in his first media interview since he and the team were swept by the Los Angeles Clippers.
“This was one of those teams that was so great they can take it to another level.”
And that level is now on display in Miami.
James, the reigning NBA champion, is returning to the city that welcomed him as a young kid to the NBA.
“We’ve got a whole bunch of different things happening this year in Miami,” James said.
“One of them is the Heat.”
James’ arrival in Miami was the culmination of more than three years of planning.
The city’s downtown skyline is still in flux, and the new arena, a $275 million project that opened this summer, has only made things worse.
The NBA’s annual All-Star Game in January was a huge success, but it wasn’t a success the city’s way.
The heat and humidity has been unbearable.
In March, the city was evacuated due to an outbreak of the coronavirus.
“It’s just one of the worst things I’ve ever seen,” said Dwayne Carter, a resident of Coral Gables, who helped organize the event.
The Heat won the NBA title and made the playoffs.
But the Heat have struggled to live up to expectations.
The team’s attendance has been the lowest in the NBA since it was founded in 2007.
The organization is paying out $250 million in player salaries, and James and his family still haven’t received their share of the revenue.
Miami was one year shy of being the third-most expensive NBA city, behind Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
It has also been one of just two NBA teams to not make the playoffs since 2004, when the league expanded to 32 teams.
The Miami Heat and Miami Hurricanes have been embroiled in a lawsuit that has threatened to derail the team’s $2.6 billion stadium renovation project.
The Hurricanes are expected to be able to announce a new lease extension at the end of the month, but the Heat’s situation is far more complex.
James’ family is not allowed to travel in the city unless they are accompanied by his father, Dwyane, a star guard for the Heat.
James is on a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Heat, which pays him a minimum of $2 million per year.
Miami is a major sports market.
In addition to the All-Stars, the Heat has invited basketball superstars from around the world to the Heat arena.
The arena also hosts concerts by the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Willis and Beyonce.
The Cavaliers have also hosted concerts by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Kanye West, Beyonce and others.
But in spite of the city and its people’s excitement for the team, Miami is still struggling financially.
“The bottom line is Miami is an expensive city to live in, especially for families,” said Joe Schindler, executive director of the Miami Development Corporation, which manages the arena.
“For a family to rent an apartment in Miami, you have to have three kids.
You have to put them through college.
You also have to pay taxes on your net worth.
And then you have a mortgage.
And it’s a difficult, tough place to live.”
James said that in order to be successful in the United States, the NBA has to be a global player.
“When you’re the best player in the world, you want to be at home, you don’t want to travel,” James told reporters on Wednesday.
“You want to play for your country.
You want to have family and friends.”