You’ve probably seen or at least heard of the Internet meme called “The Harlem Shake” and if you haven’t, then take a look at the Miami Heat’s rendition of the popular dance above.
The meme, which went viral sometime last month, has already inspired hundreds of thousands, if not millions of editions, all of which involve a group of people dancing wildly to the Baauer song “Harlem Shake.” Each video is about 30 seconds long and starts off with one person dancing. Then when the beat kicks in, the surrounding group joins in doing individual moves.
The Miami Heat’s version, which LeBron James called a “King James and DwyaneWade production,” according to ESPN.com, has become one of the more popular online, already having generated nearly 600,000 views within 24 hours of its release on YouTube.
The video takes place in the Heat locker room, where each player dances wearing a themed outfit. James is dressed as a king, Mario Chalmers poses as Super Mario and Chris “Birdman” Anderson does his signature “bird dance.”
So what does this have to do with basketball? Nothing really, but it just goes to show that sometimes having fun and staying loose makes for a successful run as a team. The Heat have certainly done both during their incredible 13-game winning streak, which they will hope to extend to 14 on Sunday when they take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.