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See the Moment LeBron James Avoids a Major Mishap During Victory Parade (Hint: It Involves a Bus and Poor Planning)


"...have to repeatedly duck to avoid splattering his brain matter all over the concrete.”

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

While the Miami Heat continued its celebrations as NBA champions with a parade Monday, we learned there's more to LeBron James than reaching up and putting in baskets. The 6-foot 8-inch forward for the team proved he can get low, too.

James, riding on a double-decker bus with a cigar in his mouth while an estimated 400,000 people lined Miami's downtown streets, had to be prepared to quickly duck, along with others on the vehicle, to narrowly miss hitting his head on low bridges.

lebron james bridge (Image: YouTube screenshot)

lebron james bridge (Image: YouTube screenshot)

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Sports Illustrated called up the map of the parade route and expressed surprise that no one noted how bridges could pose a problem during the event:

Because there’s a map, anyone familiar with Miami—say a parade organizer—could have taken a look and said, “Oh, this route goes under some bridges. They’re high in the way that elevated urban roadways are high, but not so high that LeBron James, who will be standing atop a sky-scraping bus, won’t have to repeatedly duck to avoid splattering his brain matter all over the concrete.”

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 James none the less seemed to have enjoyed himself overall.

"It's the ultimate," James told Sun Sports, the Heat broadcast partner. "It's the ultimate. This is what I came down here, to be able to have a parade at the end of the year. I'm extremely blessed, man. It doesn't get any better than this."

Several players held super-soaker squirt guns and sprayed water on fans, confetti dotted the streets, and horns honked from all directions. Heat managing general partner Micky Arison and team president Pat Riley stood in the front of one bus, while Spoelstra - his championship cap turned backward - waved and clapped at fans.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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