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LeBron, Dwyane Wade watch Miami showboat in UNC win. Uncalled for?

Feb 9, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

North Carolina Miami Basketball

Today’s 87-61 win over North Carolina has to be considered the high point for the Miami basketball program.


Let’s start with the fact that they currently hold a two game lead over Duke in the ACC. That’s impressive, as is the fact that they become the first team since 1953 to beat both Duke and UNC by more than 25 points in the same season. There’s now discussion that the Hurricanes could be the best team in the country and No. 1 in the polls come Monday after.

We’re not talking about the Heat here.

This is The U. The Hurricanes. The program that was dropped by the school in the 70’s for more than a decade.

So you can understand why this group would be excited about this kind of performance when LeBron and Dwyane Wade are in the crowd.

Up by more than 20 in the second half, Miami showcased some of that excitement with an highlight reel, off-the-backboard alley-oop from Shane Larkin to Kenny Kadji on a fast break:

So I ask you: was this simply an example of youthful exuberance or an unsportsmanlike display of showmanship?

(h/t TBL for the video)

  1. sillyv6 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Can D-wades shirt be any tighter??

  2. grhopper - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Generally, that type of idiotic question doesn’t deserve a response. But since you asked, where the hell have you been? Miami has been on the receiving end of these plays against the likes of UNC and Duke,since joining the ACC. Lebron and Wade do it all the time, as do half of the good college and NBA teams. Yes it was showmanship, and more power to them. We can only hope they are in a postion to continue to do this for the rest of the season.

  3. nawlinsmitty - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    What’s the saying? Act like you have been there before? The Hurricanes have a long way to go. They won’t make it to the round of 16.

  4. wwttww - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I hate nba playing wannabe hipsters.

  5. mgscott - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Lebron was clearly not impressed. He was doing that in 8th grade

  6. canehouse - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Why the hell not… UNC has had their fun at the hands of under-manned Hurricane teams. Clearly this Miami incarnation is having a special run…. I see nothing wrong with their players indulging in a little “hows that taste… MoFo?”… I was about 10ft from the King, DWade, and JJ and they were loving the swagger Miami was displaying in front of them. I love this Miami team!!!

  7. jigga757 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    so when vince carter did it in his unc days its was cool..when danny green do all them crazy dances b4 tip off it was cool..duke Cameron Crazies have 1 million cheers 4 a visitin team its cool..but when the U basketball is startin 2 have so FUN this is what get posted…u gotta be a unc fan to ask if it was uncalled 4..SMH…ITS BASKETBALL..if they dont like it then one of the guards should have stayed back round the top of the key and got back on d..if u dont get back then thats when teams will NBA JAM dunk or NERF DUNK a hoop to get on ESPN LOL…

  8. jigga757 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    its fun 2 watch the run the hell outta unc and u see the energy thats in the buildin!!! that the same energy the football team need..

  9. miamatt - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Having LeBron and Wade sitting courtside is GREAT to see for UM recruiting; man, when the smoke clears from all this Miami just might be left a basketball town.

    That being said this play was just guys having fun (which is important) and yes, showing off a bit. I actually though the Julian Gamble dunk where he literally did a pull up and got fully horizontal was more egregious than was this play. I was pausing it on my DVR and I could absolutely have photoshopped him out and placed him laying down on a couch. I guess the officials agreed, as they hit Gamble for a technical on that one.

    The biggest challenge for Miami from here on out is mental- not buying into the mounting hype that surrounds them, continuing to defend with ferocity, rebound with tenacity, and shoot the ball in rhythm.

  10. Jason M. - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Miami has to be a bit of a surprise this season and I’m loving it. They’re playing REALLY good basketball right now.

    UNC and Duke have embarrassed teams far worse than this. I don’t think there is anything to worry about here – outside of Ryan Kelly missing time, which makes me very happy.

  11. mazblast - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    When one of the traditional “haves” runs it up on a “have not”, it’s the basketball equivalent of “that’s racin'” in NASCAR. But let one of the “have nots” turn the tables, and it’s “harrumph harrumph this is not proper”.

    This may come as a shock to some, but just because you wear the uniform of North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, etc., you’re not immune from getting clobbered.

  12. 1historian - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM


  13. 1historian - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I repeat – both. And I predict that it will come back and bite them squarely in the ass at the worst POSSIBLE time.

  14. 1historian - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    As it should be

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