Micky Arison Rumors
In recent years, the Heat have done as good a job of any team in the NBA of mixing unique, distinctive alternate uniforms in with their regular ones. During the last few years of the LeBron James era, they had a series of sharp-looking monochrome jerseys. Now, Heat owner Micky Arison threw out a hypothetical new design to test the waters with fans, a Miami Vice-themed set of jerseys that he asked fans to comment on at his Instagram page.
Earlier tonight, Micky Arison took to Instagram to ask Heat fans if they’d like to see adidas produce alternate uniforms bearing teal and pink accents. Along with the photoshopped mock-up, Arison said he’d pass the word on to the league’s current outfitter. Thus far, the response is mixed, but it seems like fans are generally in favor of giving the new/old look at shot.
Heat officials learned of the story via news reports, and were dumbfounded that the league would not have first spoken, at least as a courtesy, to the one franchise actually affected by any NBA/Cuba relationship. Heat owner Micky Arison and club president Pat Riley declined a Miami Herald interview request Wednesday, but another team executive told us, “The NBA never consulted with us. This was undertaken unilaterally. The minute we found out we registered our vehement objection to the league office. Neither the Heat nor any personnel will be participating.”
And now the franchise deals with an NBA/Cuba situation a different Heat source said “seems political.” Longtime former NBA commissioner David Stern was extremely active in Democratic politics and a major financial contributor throughout his years in office. New commissioner Adam Silver also was an ardent early supporter of Obama and has donated to the party — the political leanings at the highest level of the NBA perhaps suggesting a climate that would lead to a goodwill tour as a show of support for Obama’s new policy of thawing relations with Cuba. The four-day event could be a precursor to further league involvement with Cuba, such as exhibition games scheduled there.
Cruise stock prices spiked upward when Obama announced his thawing policy toward Cuba. People like Arison immediately imagined their majestic ships flowing lucratively in and out of Cuban ports, ferrying monied tourists eager to explore the exotic island so near yet so off-limits for so long. That could be another delicate spot for Arison, the idea that increasingly normalized relations with Cuba could be very good for Carnival and his already enormous bank account – but could also lead many Heat fans to angrily consider those profits to be Castro-dirty.