In some circles, it has remained en vogue to call any LeBron James-led team “LeBron and the LeBronnaires,” even if a couple of those backing players are among the 20 best players in the league. Some people are just never gonna get it, never never gonna get it, even though we’ve all seen the Heat put together a supporting cast that has made big plays time and time again. I’m sure there’s an En Vogue comparison for this, but I guess I’m not properly versed in their catalog.

Nonetheless, those reserve Heatsters took center stage yesterday, besting the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio while starting Mike Miller and Rashard Lewis during an officially sanctioned NBA game during the year 2013. ‘Twas quite the accomplishment for a team featuring Chris Bosh and a bunch of haircuts, which is exactly why Shane Battier perhaps unwittingly gave the lesser Miami players their very own nickname following the big win. From

The Spurs reserves had almost pulled off a similar result on Nov. 29 when they pushed the full Miami lineup with James and Wade to the limit before falling 105-100. The Heat backups simply took it one step farther, fueled by an understood lack of appreciation.

“We’ve got gamers in this room,” Battier said. “You’ve got the sigh of the arena, a collective groan, I guess you could say: ‘Oh, we’ve got watch these clowns for 48 minutes?’ But these clowns have a lot of fight in them. The Fighting Clowns.”

As we all know, nicknaming a bench isn’t easy. It’s either the totally krossed played out “Bench Mob” which has been used just about any time a bench started playing well together or something that everyone except for that team’s fans forgets (seriously, do you non-Clipper fans out there ever call their bench “A Tribe Called Bench?”). Leave it to Shane Battier to come up with something brilliant and original that also won’t catch on but is still pretty funny.

Obviously, we’re not going to call Heat players 4-15 “The Fighting Clowns” and assume that it’s going to stick. But imagine if it did. Not only is fighting a go-to mascot adjective, a lot of people are terrified of clowns, so you have to assume that a fighting clown would strike fear in the hearts of men. It makes sense logically, though I guess the fear is that this name gaining popularity could and would lead to Chris Andersen getting his face permanently tattooed with clown makeup. That’s something that’s better left unsaid, so forget I mentioned this.

Comments (4)

  1. gimme a lil credit man!

  2. If it were against any other team it would be impressive. I don’t trust these 2 teams

  3. I’m not sure if I care about what they’re named, but they are mediocre at best in my book. They played well enough to beat the Spurs the other night and then got slammed by the knicks. That’s the difference between the Heat and my Nuggets; when a guy goes down for the Nuggets, there are like 3 different guys to step up in their place. I have fun watching these guys though, and have been watching the second half of their games on my ipad. I work late at DISH usually, but watch part of the games riding the bus home. My DISH Anywhere app lets me take my live TV and DVR with me wherever I go, so no matter if they’r schooling the other team or getting clowned, I love tuning in!

  4. Maybe their team effort helps them the most to succeed in every game they won. Good post.

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