The dream has been realized for the Miami Heat. The team is now here -- South Florida's new Big 3, at least.
How long did it take for Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh to get a taste of their newfound expectations after they took the stage Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena?
As long as it took for the crowd of 13,000 fans to chant, ``Beat L.A.''
In a ceremony essentially fit for royalty, the Heat's new trio of basketball stars soaked in an atmosphere that resembled more of a rock concert than an introductory news conference.
Wearing their full Heat uniforms, Wade, James and Bosh ascended the stage in a rising platform amid smoke, flames and fireworks. With Wade standing in the middle, flanked by James and Bosh, the three smiled, danced and pointed to fans.
And then they delivered the message South Florida was waiting to hear.
``We're going to make the world know -- not just the league -- that the Heat is back,'' James said, wearing his new No. 6 jersey. ``It feels right.''
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