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Monday 2 p.m. report: What Heat players said at Monday's title celebration

Highlights from the Heat’s celebration today inside AmericanAirlines Arena, which followed the parade:

### LeBron (introduced last) and Wade both had cigars in their mouths when introduced to the crowd during the post-parade celebration inside AmericanAirlines Arena. Wade and Birdman were wearing sunglasses. LeBron and Juwan Howard kissed the trophy. Pat Riley danced.

### Erik Spoelstra told the crowd: “We feel like Miami parties better than any city in the world, but it took nine months of incredible sacrifice. We could not have done the two Game 7s without you [fans].”

### Riley, after receiving a city of Miami honor from Mayor Tomas Regalado and several commissioners: “It’s been 337 games in the last 3 years. A lot of people don’t understand how much it takes to play 337 games and end up in Finals three years in a row and win two back to back championships. It really is about respect. There isn’t any doubt they’ve separated themselves from the pack this year. Their names are going to be respected and honored. And that’s all we have.”

### Ray Allen, asked on stage about his game-tying three-pointer in Game 6: “That is the biggest shot I ever hit in my career. This is the greatest collection of shooters I’ve ever been a part of.”

He said Mike Miller’s shot when he lost his shoe was even more amazing than his. After the first two weeks, I felt like I had been here for two or three years. He said the veteran Heat players treated the new ones “like long lost brothers all year.”

### Everybody was interviewed, even Jarvis Varnado, who said: “I’m extremely blessed being around all these guys.” You don’t say?

### James Jones: “This is hardest working team in sports. Every guy came back better this year than last year.”

### Norris Cole, on winning two championships in his first two NBA seasons: “My teammates got done telling me I’m pretty spoiled. I’m blessed to be on a team like this. I don’t take it for granted.”

### Mario Chalmers: “My teammates believe in me. That makes it easier to believe in myself. The thing about this team is, we hate losing. We like to come back with a vengeance, let them know that was a fluke that they beat us.”

### Udonis Haslem: “This is the reason why all of us came here. I’ve been known to kick a little [butt] now and then [on opponents]. I told my teammates, I never thought I’d be making this kind of money. Just to pay $2000 to slap someone upside the head, I’ll pay that all day. I might have gone to one Miami Heat game growing up, and that was way up top. I’ve never thought I’d be here.”

### Mike Miller, on his former UF teammate: “I’ve been grooming [U.D.] a long time to do this. To be here winning two championships with him is a great experience.”

### Chris Andersen: “I never imagined being in this spot in January when I was sitting at home debating if I would play this year. To play with some of the best all-time basketball players is amazing. I love a big challenge. When everybody counted me out, I made a point to prove them wrong."

Why is he so popular? "Maybe because I’m a crazy ass white boy.”

An unrestricted free agent, Andersen said: “Let’s try to get the three-peat next year.”

### Wade: “To be here celebrating my third championship, who would have thought it? This one is special because I know the category it puts me in. I know how hard it was to get to the point.”

### On dealing with his knee problems: “I’ve got a great support system. Being resilient. Just never giving up. When people believe in you, you can do amazing things.”

### Wade, on his teammates: “Me and Bron were about to fight in Game 6. Nobody seen that. We’ve got moments like any family. We get along, then we don’t. I thank them for being my teammates, for being awesome people. It doesn’t work if everyone is not selfness.

“In 2010, one of my decisions was to play with Udonis hopefully for the rest of my career. We all knew to do that, it would be a financial sacrifice. Then it became sacrifice for what we do on the court. It hasn’t been easy. But at the end of the day, we’re champions.”

### Wade: “I’ve seen him grow to be Chris Bosh. He’s no one else. He’s himself. That’s what I love about him. He’s the best bleeping player in the planet. The thing I like best about LeBron is he’s probably one of the best teammates in the world. He deals with things a lot of us doesn’t.”

### Shane Battier: “Let’s be honest. I was not very good for most of the playoffs. But I was proud I was able to finally show up for my teammates. That was what this year was about: To show up for your brother…. We all know the secret to this championship was our performance at the South Beach Battioke this year.

“We care about one thing – winning the ring and doing it with class and togetherness. That’s what separates the Miami Heat from any other team in pro sports. It starts with the best owners in pro sports, the Arisons. We’re the most prepared team in the NBA.”

Battier then donned a Horse-tronaut mask, one of the highlights of the ceremony.

### Chris Bosh: “Thank you, Miami, for everything you guys do.” Then he spoke in Spanish briefly.

“That was one of the most challenging years I’ve ever had… We came to work every day knowing what we had to do to accomplish our goal, and I can’t believe that we did it…. I’m just a guy on this team playing his part.”

### LeBron James to the Heat fans: “I love you all. You guys were unbelievable once again.” LeBron then asks fans to chant: “I’ve got no words.”

On the playoffs: “It was a war mentally, physically, spiritually. It’s a grind to win a championship.”

Sun Sports’ Jason Jackson gave him a headband. On losing his headband in Game 6: “It was an out of body experience for me. My headband comes off in a game, I lose all powers. I can’t dunk, shoot or dribble. I’m like a newborn baby, I start slobbering.”

On his two championships: “They always say you love your first. But the second one was sweet as well. I love them both.”

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