LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have been part of the last three finals trips, while other members of the team celebrated their first Eastern Conference title with the Heat after Monday’s victory over the Pacers in Game 7. Ray Allen, who won a ring with the Celtics in 2008, and Chris Andersen, who was out of the NBA six months ago, celebrated together on the court at AmericanAirlines Arena after the 99-76 win.
Heat owner Micky Arison joined in the party, too, because he’s the boss, and that’s his prerogative. Former players like Alonzo Mourning and bit players like Norris Cole happily mingled with the current stars. The ultimate goal lies ahead, but for the meantime the Heat forgot about the Spurs and basked in the moment.