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Did LeBron lift 'Heatles' nickname from KG?

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 4, 2011 06:01 PM

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The Miami Heat have won 18 of 19 games, and -- just perhaps -- all that winning has given LeBron James an inflated ego.

Beaming from his team's recent win streak and from the Heat's ability to pack opposing arenas, James had this to say to Sunsentinal.com after this week's victory against the Bobcats.

"We call ourselves the ‘Heatles' like the Beatles," said James.

OK. As far as nicknames go, that's not bad. I'm still partial to Miami Thrice, but to each his own. The real problem with James's comparison of his nascent basketball team to the greatest rock and roll band of all time is that -- gasp -- he may have stolen it.

In 2007, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett called the newly-assembled Boston Celtics the "Ceatles", comparing Boston's Big Three (plus an anonymous One) to John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Watch the clip below, which shows Garnett making that comparison on ESPN All-Access in Oct. 2007. (Start the clip from the 1:30 mark and note Paul Pierce's and Ray Allen's reactions. Priceless).

It's entirely possible James never saw this clip. Of course, it's also possible he did.

So many questions surround James's use of "Heatles". Did he know about Garnett's reference? If so, when? Did he use it anyways, figuring that three years had passed and that the general public usually forgets almost everything in that amount of time?

So many questions, but the one I'd like answered: If the Heat really are the "Heatles", which one is John?

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