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Miami Heat fan cannot wait to wear LeBron James’ sweat-soaked headband after Game 3 (VIDEO)

Dan Devine
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On one hand, I get it, miss. You are very excited to have been given a souvenir by LeBron James, and that makes sense.

You just watched the guy score 29 points and grab 14 rebounds in 44 minutes of work, leading the Miami Heat to a 91-85 home win in Game 3 on Sunday night, giving the Heat a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. And then as he walked past you after chatting with ESPN's Doris Burke, he gave you that giant headband. A player two wins away from an NBA title who's in the midst of a phenomenal run of form — through 21 contests this postseason, James has averaged 30.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and five assists per game; only two players in NBA history have averaged 30-9-5 for a postseason, according to Basketball-Reference.com, and if he finishes there in the next week and a half, he'll be the first one to do it twice — just gave you a piece of memorabilia worn in what has to be on the short list of The Biggest Games Of His Life. Of course you are thrilled!

But ... y'know ... maybe just hold it? Or put it in your bag or something? Again: 44 minutes of work. Given how much LeBron sweats on the court, the degree to which he exerted himself on the offensive end, on the glass and in defending Kevin Durant during the fourth quarter of Game 3, and the size of that thing, a conservative estimate might ballpark the amount of perspiration in that headband at roughly one gallon.

I feel fairly certain that as soon as the cotton touched (and basically eclipsed) this young lady's forehead, she instantly regretted her decision. But still: Pretty cool token of the MVP's appreciation. Just make sure you get some extra face wash up there this morning. (And this afternoon. And tonight.)

Video via tsandford.


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