The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs tested their physical and mental strength. Dwyane Wade's bothersome right knee and Chris Bosh's on-again, off-again shooting stroke forced LeBron James to go back to his "Cleveland days." Miami's top marksman seemed to change by the day.
But now that disaster has officially been averted and the Heat have joined the Los Angeles Lakers as the only repeat champions since 1999, the freebies are pouring in like Shane Battier's threes in the championship clincher.
According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, David Grutman—owner of Miami hotspot Story Nightclub, where most of the players celebrated Thursday night's win—served up $100,000 of alcohol free of charge to the two-time champions.
If Grutman's name sounds familiar, that's because he also owns club LIV, where the Heat partied after last year's victory.
For those of us who can't fathom what a $100,000 alcohol tab looks like, Grutman helped to fill in the details. He said the players ordered 100 bottles of Dom Perignon and three 3-liter bottles of champagne.
Surely those players needed something to balance their stomachs. After all, the Story soiree followed their champagne-fueled locker-room party—courtesy of Moët Ice Imperial champagne, the official champagne of Miami's postseason run.
So Prime 112, a pricey South Beach eatery, came to the rescue by delivering free food to the players into the morning hours.
It's good to be champs, and it's a lot cheaper than you'd think, too.