Friday March 1st, 2013

By Ben Golliver

Earlier this week, the Raptors released a "Harlem Shake" video and you knew it was only a matter of time before other NBA teams followed suit. Well, the Heat are officially in the mix as of Thursday, and their effort is fairly epic.

Reminder: The "Harlem Shake" concept is simple. Two shots. First shot: a sole costumed figure begins dancing slowly as the beat to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” picks up while a group carries on about its business, oblivious to the dancer. Second shot, after a brief cut: the whole group, in zany costumes, goes buck wild as the song hits its electronic fever pitch. That’s really all there is to it. Simple, goofy, harmless: everyone from Playboy models to soldiers to college kids to senior citizens has gotten in on the fun in recent weeks. A whole host of mascots and dancers got in on the fun during All-Star Weekend too.

The Heat's version opens inside the locker room with Chris "Birdman" Andersen flapping his wings around slowly as his teammates stretch. Once the cut hits, a shirtless James is wearing a king's crown and robe and going ballistic, Chris Bosh is rocking a cowboy hat, Mario Chalmers is dressed as Super Mario, Wade is wearing a giant bear's head, and there's a sombrero, a rainbow afro, a rolling bin, a Kris Kross outfit, a fireman's hat, and a Phantom of the Opera mask to top it off. Pretty good. Video via @KingJames and YouTube user miamiheat

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