LeBron James and Miami Heat Do the ‘Harlem Shake’ [Video]

LeBron James in a king’s costume together with his mates from the Miami Heat made their own “Harlem Shake”.

Just when you thought it was dead, the “Harlem Shake” meme is back again!

The Harlem Shake is a dance routine that has taken the nation by storm, likely to the dismay of Gangam Style guy.

Though the dance itself originated back in the 1980s, it recently came back into the national lexicon due to a song by Baauer.

The whole “Harlem Shake” concept is rather simple. Just two shots.

Two shots. First shot: a sole costumed figure begins dancing slowly as the beat to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” picks up while a group carries on about its business, oblivious to the dancer.

Second shot, after a brief cut: the whole group, in zany costumes, goes buck wild as the song hits its electronic fever pitch. That’s really all there is to it.

Simple, goofy, harmless: everyone from Playboy models to soldiers to college kids to senior citizens has gotten in on the fun in recent weeks.

A whole host of mascots and dancers got in on the fun during All-Star Weekend too.

But now we may add the Miami Heat to the “Harlem Shake” craze.

The Miami Heat staked their claim as the NBA’s best team last season by hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, and now it seems like they’ve set their sights on coming up with the most creative “Harlem Shake” dance video.

LeBron James and his Miami Heat have made their own rendition which hit the web Thursday, and it’s quite solid.

LeBron James wrote on his Twitter on Thursday and introduced the video—and throw another tongue-in-cheek jab at Dwyane Wade’s “W.O.W” nickname in the process:

“A King James and @DwyaneWade aka W.O.W productions.  http://gohe.at/HEATHarlemShake

It was filmed in Miami’s locker room, with James saying it was a “King James and Dwyane Wade” production.

“In life u gotta figure out how to have fun and enjoy it. Hope y’all enjoy,” Chalmers wrote on Twitter.

The Heat’s version opens inside the locker room with Chris “Birdman” Andersen flapping his wings around slowly as his teammates stretch.

Once the cut hits, a shirtless James is wearing a king’s crown and robe and going ballistic.

Chris Bosh is rocking a cowboy hat, Mario Chalmers is dressed as Super Mario, Wade is wearing a giant bear’s head, and there’s a sombrero, a rainbow afro, a rolling bin, a Kris Kross outfit, a fireman’s hat, and a Phantom of the Opera mask to top it off.

It may be a couple weeks late, but this is well played, Miami Heat. Well played, indeed.

“Harlem Shake” has sat atop Billboard’s “Hot 100” songs for the past two weeks, thanks in large part to the song’s viral takeover.

In particular, people just really, really love doing the dance. A quick search on YouTube brings up a drove of people from all walks of life—from an entire newsroom to the University of Georgia’s swimming and diving team.

The Heat have also gotten widespread attention lately for their pregame-warmup dunk contests, videos of which have also gone viral.B

By the way, the reigning NBA champions also have the league’s longest current winning streak — 12 straight going into Friday’s game with Memphis, says the NY Daily News.

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