“Looks Like a Middle School Prep Rally”: Miami’s Favorite Coach Since Pat Riley Steps Out of Comfort Zone but Falls to Fans’ Unmatched Wit

Published 05/22/2023, 7:55 AM EDT

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Miami Heat President Pat Riley is a well-known figure in the city of Miami. He has solidified himself as a favorite amongst the people of Miami with his tenure at the Heats since 1995. He is also the only Head Coach in NBA history to win Coach Of The Year with three different teams. Before his tenure with the Heats, he served as the Head Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers (1981-1990) and the New York Knicks (1991-1995).

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And now, joining him as a fan favorite is another individual who signed as the HC of the NFL team, the Miami Dolphins in February. The 40-year-old Dolphins hope previously spent five seasons coaching the San Francisco 49ers. He had a challenge waiting for him at the Dolphins in his first year, as they were left without their starting QB Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered multiple concussions in the 2022 season. And now, the HC is making headlines once again after stepping out of his comfort zone to showcase his support for the NBA team in their recent fixture.

Mike McDaniel showcases his unwavering support for the Miami Heat

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Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel shares a bond with current Heat coach Erik Spoelstra for the past couple of years. They show their support for each other during their own ventures in their respective sports. Spoelstra met McDaniels at the Dolphins training camp at the start of the last NFL season. And McDaniels also comes forward to attend the Miami Heat games in the NBA. While making an appearance before the Denver Nuggets game in February, the Dolphins HC once again showed up to rally fans to showcase their support for the recent NBA fixture.

 

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The Miami Heat are on their way to advancing to the NBA finals. They have a 2-0 series lead against the Boston Celtics. And their recent game 3 fixture saw them making it 3-0, as they clinched the victory against the Celtics on Saturday with a scoreline of 128-102. Prior to the game, Mike McDaniel was seen on the court hyping up the fans while chanting, “Let’s go Heat!” to show their support for their team.

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But his appearance is not the only event that fans noticed. In the video, fans were quick to see that there were not a lot of people in the stands, leading them to question why the seats were empty during the matchup.

Fans perplexed  over empty stands 

Fans shared their observations of the video, as they were left wondering why there weren’t a lot of people visible in the audience.

One fan why there were few attendees at the game

This fan felt that the chants made him nostalgic about middle school memories

Another fan stated they had to wait till the 2nd quarter for the stands to fill up

This fan felt that the chanting was a practice round before the game

Another fan questioned the whereabouts of the fans of the Miami Heat

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Despite how the video may be perceived, it is clear that the Miami Heat has solidified their run for an NBA championship by securing this win. And now, McDaniels will be looking forward to starting the new season of the NFL on a good note with his team as well.

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Priyam Hazarika

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