Posts Tagged ‘Tyler Johnson’

Miami Heat throw it back to the 1990s

By Jeff Case

Last night, the Miami Heat hosted the San Antonio Spurs in a TNT showdown on national TV. As such, the Heat decided this would be a “throwback” game and sported uniforms the team wore during the franchise’s 1990s era. But they didn’t stop there with the historical stuff.

They had a throwback “I Love This Game”-themed commercial, playing off the popular advertising campaign the NBA used in the 1990s …


VIDEO: Miami Heat “I Love This Game” commercial

… there was a throwback player introduction before the game …


VIDEO: Heat’s throwback player introductions

… and perhaps the best part, they had the players do a 1990s-style infomercial featuring Amar’e StoudemireDwyane Wade, Tyler JohnsonGoran Dragic and Chris Andersen dancing to hits from Bobby Brown (“Every Little Step”), Kris Kross (“Jump”), Tom Jones (“It’s Not Usual”/The Carlton) Los Del Rio (“The Macarena”) and M.C. Hammer (“Can’t Touch This”).


VIDEO: Miami Heat infomercial

Miami’s Tyler Johnson beat the odds

Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a kid growing up in Mountain View, California, Tyler Johnson knew he wanted to be an NBA player. He figured his best shot of getting there was to learn from the best, so he targeted a basketball camp held by his local NBA team, the Golden State Warriors. There was on problem, though: Johnson’s family couldn’t afford the camp. So he put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Warriors asking for a scholarship to their camp. He got the free ride, kept putting in work, eventually got a college scholarship to Fresno State, this summer played for the Miami Heat’s summer league team, went to training camp with the Heat and then signed with Miami’s D-League team.

And earlier this week, all that work paid off when Johnson made his NBA debut with the Heat, in Oakland against the Warriors, with his family in the stands. As Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said, “Everything he’s got in this game, he’s earned. You can tell just from the little bit of time we’ve gotten to know him since Summer League, he’s an extremely hard worker and you root for those type of guys.”

No kidding. Here’s a video from the Warriors who got a copy of Johnson’s letter from his Mom…


VIDEO: Tyler Johnson letter