On Monday night, I attended the South Beach Battioke held at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach. The event, a fundraiser for their teammate Shane Battier’s Take Charge Foundation, also featured live karaoke performances by Pat Riley, James Jones, Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh.
To think I was going to pass on the assignment, opting to stay home and relax. Trust me, nothing could have been better on TV than seeing the Heat players dance and sing karaoke onstage while their teammates, fans, and selected media cheered them on.
Mike Miller and Chris “Birdman” Andersen rapped to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby,” poking fun at being the “lightest guys on the team.”
But the highlight of the night was to see LeBron's funny side.
One of the first to perform, King James did his best King of Pop imitation dancing and smiling for the crowd. I swear I could hear dogs howling outside – he’s that tone deaf. I can’t hate on him though. It takes great humility to go onstage and be able to laugh at yourself knowing your fans can't wait to put it on Youtube later.
After his crowd-pleasing performance, LeBron asked D-Wade to join him in a duet. The duo brought a lucky lady onstage and serenaded her with a rendition of Shai’s “If I ever Fall in Love.” I'm not sure who has the worst pitch.
Yeah, most of the team is tone-deaf, but at least now I have a greater appreciation towards the Heat players. Last night, I didn’t see a winning team, I saw a bunch of regular dudes, drinking, singing karaoke, and raising money for a good cause.
Athletes – they’re just like us.