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LeBron James, Heat are having fun again

Their ‘Harlem Shake' video shows that the defending NBA champs are ready to defend their crown, with smiles on their faces.
By John Rohde Published: March 2, 2013

And you thought LeBron James was smiling after last year's NBA Finals.

That was mild compared to the Cheshire cat grin he flashes in the Miami Heat's viral tribute to the “Harlem Shake,” which shook up the Internet with more than six million views on YouTube between Thursday night and Friday night.

The pressure that seemed to weigh so heavily on James in the 2011 NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks noticeably disappeared with a four-game winning streak to claim last year's championship against the Thunder.

Literally and figuratively, you can't wipe the exaggerated smile off James' face these days. His facial expression in the video resembles one of the NBA's Big Head commercials, only it's actually James.

Players are decked in full wardrobe, except for Chris “Birdman” Andersen, who swoops in from stage left slowly flapping his arms to open the video.

“He (Andersen) is an unbelievable character,” James told the Miami Herald. “He could easily be a character in a cartoon, so it was great for him to start it off.”

Wardrobes came from local costume and party stores. Naturally, James is dressed as King James. Dwyane Wade is a teddy bear from “Saturday Night Fever.” Chris Bosh was some sort of break-dancing cowboy. Ray Allen was the Phantom of the Opera.

“We didn't want to underdo it,” Wade said. “We wanted to put everything into it. So it's fun.”

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