LeBron James transforms after losing his headband in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Watch out, Tony!
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You know how there’s that totally illogical reveal element to the Superman story where suddenly Clark Kent can transform into the Man of Steel just by taking off his glasses? This ridiculous notion that ONE accessory can catalyze a complete alteration of character? Like, dudes, we can all still tell Clark Kent is just a four-eyes, suited-up version of Superman. Welp, apparently, it’s not that ridiculous since that’s exactly what went down last night when LeBron James lost his headband in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. In truth, it really wasn’t just James that propelled the Heat to stave off elimination and force the series against the San Antonio Spurs into a Game 7 (there’s no “I” in team, etc.etc.), but (with the HUGE exception of Mike Miller and his one-shoed three-pointer), no one else’s in-game style took a hold of Twitter in quite the same Superman moment way as LeBron and his headband. And now that we think about it, they ARE both from Ohio…
The Heat had been trailing the Spurs for the majority of the game, and things were shaping up in a way that would secure the Spurs franchise its fifth Championship title. Until that headband fell. James’ headband has already been a kind of running joke in the NBA as a kind of disguise for his receding hairline, so when it dropped the knee-jerk Twitter reaction (aside from feeling the need to comment on it) was shock.
IMMEDIATE INITIAL SHOCK:
Taking off LeBron's headband is like taking off Tobias Funke's cutoff jean shorts. #NeverBald
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) June 19, 2013
LeBron with no headband… pic.twitter.com/1H7ERnUQ7w
— Jeremy (@TheLilTicket) June 19, 2013
Miller no shoe, Bron no headband, wait until Birdman takes off his tattoos.
— Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) June 19, 2013
But instead of having a kind of Samson without his hair moment of defeat, the freak athlete we all know LeBron to be reared its head. In that fourth quarter, after losing that headband, he started to turn the trajectory around, helping the Heat tie up the score and force the game into overtime.
BEAST MODE ’BRON:
"You see, LeBron. You've had the power all along. It was always inside of you. My job is done here" – LeBron's Headband.
— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) June 19, 2013
2k14 special feature : unlock no headband lebron
— Scottie Trippen (@DavidxNohomo) June 19, 2013
Putting the team on his back. HOLD MA HEADBAND!!!
— Miami Wonka (@MiamiWonka) June 19, 2013
*takes headband off* pic.twitter.com/xSZlDZN6Hw
— Yung Yakisoba (@HyakujuNoKaido) June 19, 2013
"When the headband comes off I transfoooorrrrrrrm." – Danity Kane
— Kid Fury (@KidFury) June 19, 2013
And then, as most things that find their way into public consciousness and marinate on the internet (see: Justin Bieber’s ECF Game 7 outfit, the LeBron Headband meme mutated and got hilariously out of control.
LIFE OF ITS OWN:
Wonder what LeBron's headband will wear at the podium in the post-game #press conference
— InsideHoops.com (@InsideHoops) June 19, 2013
What if LeBron James' headband was Dan Gilbert's horcrux?
— Eli Langer (@EliLanger) June 19, 2013
Spike Lee's "The Headband Game" feat Danny Glover @TrinidadJamesGG leading the score. Theaters 2027.
— ¢mill$ (@ChrisMiller35) June 19, 2013
Guess who found his Headband pic.twitter.com/y5OWpV6wUr
— Chamillio Salamander (@0_0WideShut) June 19, 2013
I'm purchasing mike millers shoe and lebrons headband for 1.754 million
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 19, 2013
Mike Miller – no shoe . Lebron James – no headband. Chris Bosh please don't get any ideas…. pic.twitter.com/GWNwbPRpKx
— Young Husky (@Husseeyy) June 19, 2013
The question is: will LeBron James wear his headband in Game 7 this Thursday?