He knew he’d take some ribbing from his teammates for supporting the Miami Heat and their polarizing star, LeBron James, throughout the 2012 NBA playoffs, but Markus White has certainly had the last laugh.
And even days after the Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to capture their second title since 2006, White — the Redskins’ outside linebacker and Florida native — was still celebrating.
White on Tuesday was a guest on sportstalkflorida.com and ESPN 1040 AM, where he was asked about his support of the Heat.
“When I see LeBron James on my favorite team, you can’t help but represent everywhere you go,” White said via phone interview. “I have the championship hat on right now – just to let you all know – but that’s my team. I’m 100 percent for them. I’m gonna rock them.”
White said it’s difficult living in Virginia most of the year and explaining his love of the Heat to the locals. After all, the Heat are in the Eastern Conference — the same conference as the local Washington Wizards — and Wizards fans still haven’t gotten over James’ Cleveland Cavaliers eliminating Washington from the playoffs for three straight seasons from 2005-2008.
Haters gonna hate, White said.
“In Virginia, not everybody agrees,” he said. “Everybody thinks they’re the enemy, but you’re trying to win championships (and) just like the Redskins, the Miami Heat want to win championships.”
White has also not been shy to show his support of the Heat and James on his Twitter account, @EM_Whyte55. He tweeted this June 21, when the Heat’s title was in the bag:
White also talked about football during his appearance on the show Tuesday. A second-year outside linebacker, White followed in the footsteps of teammates Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan in transitioning from defensive end in college to linebacker in the pros.
As a seventh-round draft pick in 2011 out of Florida State, White did not get on the field much as a rookie last season. He played in just two games, seeing action primarily on special teams, and was inactive for 14.
But White said he’s eager to get back on the field this season to show what he’s made of.
“I feel like I’ve evolved as a player,” White said. “When my position changed it wasn’t easy, it was always difficult. But everything has been a challenge for me in every aspect of every game I’ve played in my life. Me personally, I just want to make sure I’m mentally sound. I don’t want to think, I just want to play ball and do what I gotta do. I know I have the energy. I know I have the tempo. I know I have the mindset. Now it’s just time to get on the field and show them what I got.”
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