Heat’s LeBron James plays catch with fan during win over Clippers
By Ben Golliver
LeBron James is a nightmare for opponents and, increasingly, a dream-maker for fans.
A few weeks back, the Heat forward tackled a fan to celebrate the fan’s halfcourt shot worth $75,000. Then, during a 111-89 win over the Clippers on Friday, James played a quick game of catch with a fan seated in the lower bowl of the American Airlines Arena.
The brief exchange took place just before halftime with the Heat leading 62-45. Heat guard Dwyane Wade kicked a ball into the stands on defense and James went to retrieve the ball, gesturing and clapping in the fan’s direction. The fan, dressed in a white James jersey, passed the ball to James, who decided to whip it back to him rather than continue play. James then asked for the ball back again and the fan obliged, before receiving cheers and high-fives from the other fans around him.
“I just wanted to show my appreciation to the fans that we have here,” James explained on the ESPN broadcast, according to USA Today Sports. “They’ve been great all night.”
The fan, also interviewed on the ESPN broadcast later in the game, admitted that James’ actions confused him at first and that he briefly thought he was going to be able to keep the ball. Eventually it dawned on the fan, who said he was visiting Florida from Honduras, that James was just giving him his 15 seconds of fame.
“This is the most exciting thing I’ve ever lived in my life,” he said.
You can’t blame James for looking for new ways to amuse himself with the Clippers offering so little competition. The reigning MVP finished with 30 points (on nine-for-11 shooting), six assists, five rebounds and two blocks in just 31 minutes in the blowout victory.
The Heat improved to 33-14 with the win. The Clippers dropped to 35-17.