Miami Heat's home opener is hot ticket at $25,884 for two courtside seats
Two courtside seats to tonight's regular-season South Beach debut for the Miami Heat -- and debut of the hugely hyped Three Basketeers -- sold on StubHub.com for $25,884, company spokesman Glenn Lehrman told the Associated Press.
The average price per seat was a marginally more sensible $325, up slightly from last year's average of $50, according to Lehrman. Makes sense. How often do you get to see the home debut of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a real game? The last time there was this much hype about their squeaky sneakers touching the court, you could't really see them for all the fog and smoke. Presumably, there'll be less dancing this time.
Orlando has won of 15 of their last 20 games against the Heat and whupped the Wizards on Thursday night.
"It's like Duke-Carolina," Vince Carter said. "We get along with them. But we want to beat them."
Pat Riley, the guy everybody thinks is just waiting for the right moment to replace Erik Spoelstra as coach, told Magic Johnson in an ESPN interview that he isn't particularly concerned about the 1-1 start of his "high-IQ team" and the opening-night loss in an "absolutely surreal" scene in Boston.
"It's going to take some time. That sounds like an excuse," Riley said. "You know me, I don't like to give excuses. ... Our guys are pretty strong-minded about it. I think they're going to deal with it very well."
Johnson didn't ask the Big Question Hanging over the Room: Will you be the head coach by Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's or Valentine's Day? Instead, he asked how a young guy like Spoelstra, who'll turn 40 Monday, handles three big egos. (He modestly pointed out that Riley did the same with the Lakers when with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and "myself.")
"I told him, 'Just make sure you say, "Yes, sir." ' Yes, sir, LeBron. Yes, sir, Kareem. Yes, sir, Magic." Riley joked. He was joking, right?
| October 29, 2010; 5:26 AM ET
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