(MIAMI) — The NBA champion Miami Heat held their victory parade on Monday. Four days removed from the franchise’s third championship win, over 400,000 fans greeted them.
LeBron James on top of the double decker bus had a cigar in his mouth, Chris “Birdman” Andersen flapped his arms, and head coach Erik Spoelstra wore his championship hat backwards and saluted fans.
James now has two NBA titles to his name and two NBA Finals MVP’s.
“It’s the ultimate,” James told Sun Sports aboard the bus. “This is what I came down here, to be able to have a parade at the end of the year. I’m extremely blessed, man. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
“It hasn’t hit me yet. This is unbelievable to be a part of such a great franchise and to be able to go back-to-back,” James continued.
Dwyane Wade has three championships and credited the fans for sticking by the team all season long.
“It’s humbling. It’s very humbling to be here,” Wade said. “I envision a lot of things. I can’t say I envisioned this. This parade down Biscayne Boulevard was once a vision by Coach Riley and now we’ve taken this ride three times. It’s special.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire