Miami Heat fans have never been mistaken for die-hard Boston Celtics fans and Los Angeles Lakers fans. So, after the arena started emptying out in Game 6 before the game was even over, Heat players were not enthused.
"For all those guys who left, make sure you don't come to Game 7," Chris said. “We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game. You never give up. People gave up on us. They can stay where they are and watch the game at home."
Dwyane Wade was a bit more gracious with the only fan-base he’s ever known.
“It's hard to be a fan," Wade said. "I get nervous and frustrated when I watch my son play in his games. But you'd rather be in this moment than not be in this moment. I heard about what happened with some of our fans the other night. But it's OK. I welcome them back with open arms. Just stay a little longer," he said. "Stick with us. It's all good."
The sports culture in Miami is built in a way that unless the team wins, the fans don’t generally support them. So, if the Heat players want the Heat fans to stick around, they are going to have to look like they are winning the game, otherwise, don’t be surprised if you see another massive exodus, especially if the Spurs are holding the Finals trophy on their floor.