The Miami Heat Movie: Imagining the Story of the Streak on the Big Screen
While records in the sports world may seem like the pinnacle of success, nothing means forever like the immortality of film. Let's be honest: before this season, did anyone even know or care that the NBA win streak record was 33 games? Comparatively, we're sure way more people knew that in Rocky IV Apollo Creed came out to James Brown singing "Living In America." Or that Ricky Vaughn's nickname was "Wild Thing." Or that Matt LeBlanc was the baseball tutor for a monkey named Ed.
In the world of entertainment, film trumps sports, hands down. So to commemorate this year's Miami Heat, and the impressive win streak they've pulled off (and should extend tonight), we're imagining our own Hollywood blockbuster about the team: Miami New Times' Cultist presents a Chuck Strouse production: Blaze, The Much Told Story of The Miami Heat's 23 Game Win Streak.
Legendary Bulls and Lakers' coach Phil Jackson famously earned the nickname Zen Master for his calm personality and endless reservoir of basketball knowledge. While Eric Spolstra may not have enough basketball years under his belt to earn a truly awesome moniker like that, we'd like to put in an early nominee for the nickname Eric "Sensai" Spolstra in honor of Mr. Miyagi himself. Yes, there is a bit of an age difference between Miyagi and the Heat's young coach Spolstra, but thanks to the magic of New Times technology, we were able to scoop up a young Morita from his time on Happy Days.
The Heat's leading man can only be played by one of Hollywood's most famous and beloved leading men, except with a lot better hairline (sorry LeBron). Only Smith has the range to capture James' notorious goofy side, and still have the dramatic acting ability to portray the most infamous moments of the streak -- including the one that has come to be known simply as "killing the Jet":