The Miami Heat have now hopped on the worldwide bandwagon, by officially participating in what has become the most popular trend around the world lately. The Heat have done the Harlem Shake.
If you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you are very confused as to what doing the Harlem Shake actually implies. For all of you who have no idea what the Internet meme is, here is a quick summary.
The Harlem Shake came around in early February of this year, and is a video sketch that has been replicated by a lot of people. The concept itself is rather bizarre, but has some comedic appeal to it. Every video starts with one person, quite often wearing some kind of a helmet, calmly dancing to Baauer’s song Harlem Shake. Around 15 seconds into the video, the beat of the song suddenly drops and all hell breaks loose.
All of the people who initially were in the background of the video, seemingly neglecting the lone dancer, all of a sudden join in and start dancing in the wildest possible manner, often dressed in some kind of a funny outfit or alternatively, with very little clothes on.
In Miami’s version, you witness the NBA champions stretching in the locker room with the team’s newest acquisition Chris Andersen flapping his arms to the beat. As the beat drops, we see several players swiftly representing their respective nicknames. LeBron James is all of a sudden wearing a crown and a cape, while Mario Chalmers is dressed in a Super Mario outfit.
Other NBA teams have also done the Harlem Shake, but the Heat have topped them all.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis