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Birdman Andersen sure dressed up for the Miami Heat’s Thanksgiving

Miami Heat Thanksgiving

The Miami Heat spent Thanksgiving at LeBron James’ estate in Akron and had some nice team bonding time. They were already in Cleveland for a game the night before, so they decided to hang around the area to spend the holiday at James’ palace.

Naturally, a couple of the team’s players shared photos on social media from the event. You can see many of the players dressed casually or slightly nicer … and then there was Birdman.

Chris Birdman Andersen rocked a beanie and I’m almost certain that’s a Remetee shirt he has on. Remetee, you may recall, is the clothing line started by Ryan Braun.

Birdman Thanksgiving

Birdman Andersen — still about that thug life, even on Thanksgiving.

Photo: Instagram/LeBron James

Chris Andersen was catfished

Mario Chalmers BirdmanChris “Birdman” Andersen has led a much more interesting life than your average professional athlete. He made his way back to the NBA once again last season and won a championship with the Miami Heat. Andersen also missed two years from 2006-2008 after he violated the NBA’s drug policy. And then there was that time he got catfished.

Before joining the Heat last season, Andersen found himself at the center of a bizarre investigation. He missed a playoff game in 2012 when he was playing for the Denver Nuggets when authorities searched his home in relation to their Internet Crimes Against Children unit. No charges were filed against Birdman, and his lawyers had the following to say in a statement that Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim passed along:

“A female fan in 2010 mailed Mr. Andersen multiple letters and included several photos in which she was scantily clad. Chris and this woman communicated with each other and in 2011, this woman, who represented herself as 21 years of age, flew to Colorado, showing her required identification. After leaving Colorado, she became upset at his lack of interest. In 2012, she threatened to retaliate if he did not provide financial remuneration. … Mr. Andersen has been fully cooperative with the authorities.”

It later came out that Andersen had a relationship with a girl from California who misrepresented her age. However, he did not break any laws. The legal age to give consent in Colorado is 17. So there was that, but that wasn’t all that happened to the Birdman.

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Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen championship bobblehead has no tattoos

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Shortly after the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs to win their second-straight championship, the NBA’s official store began selling apparel and memorabilia to help fans commemorate the victory of the team they walked out on early during Game 6. One of the items available for purchase is the Chris “Birdman” Andersen bobblehead that you see above. Notice anything wrong with it?

The hair looks okay, but something is missing. Oh, that’s right — Birdman probably has more tattoos than anyone in sports. If you’re going to completely ignore the ink, don’t bother making the bobblehead. You can’t have Birdman without tattoos. They go hand-in-hand.

We have seen bobbleheads that look nothing like the players they are designed after and others that even throw with the wrong hand, but this is just a blatant disregard for one of Birdman’s most identifiable characteristics. Who would pay $29.99 for that?

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

Kevin Love wonders if Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen is going off the wagon now

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is one of the most entertaining athletes to follow on Twitter. But on Thursday night, he may have crossed the line with a tweet about Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen.

Mario Chalmers BirdmanLove was essentially just saying what a lot of people were thinking, but it’s not a bright idea for him to be the one to put it into words. As you may know, Birdman was banned from the NBA for two years starting in 2006 after he failed a drug test for using what are termed “drugs of abuse” by the league. While it is unclear which drug or drugs Birdman was using, we do know that amphetamines, cocaine, opiates and PCP fall under that umbrella.

Prior to getting into drugs, Birdman admitted that he had a drinking problem. He was reinstated in 2008 after serving his two-year suspension and has by all indications gotten his career back on track. His story has served as an inspiration for many people who are fighting addiction, so Love’s joke was in poor taste.

Unlike the Texas Rangers who celebrated with ginger ale a few years ago so Josh Hamilton could participate, the Miami Heat had plenty of alcohol flowing in the locker room on Thursday night. Of course, that hardly means Birdman fell off the wagon during the festivities. The only thing he’s guilty of is posing for this epic photo.

Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen celebrates championship with epic mean mug picture

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Chris Andersen, known to most NBA fans simply as “Birdman,” captured his first NBA championship with the Miami Heat on Thursday night. The long-time Denver Nugget was signed during the middle of the 2012-2013 season, and he ended up making some important contributions for the Heat down the stretch. In Game 7, he played 18 minutes of excellent defense while grabbing four rebounds.

After the game, Birdman celebrated like he knew this moment was coming. As you can see from the photo above that SB Nation passed along, he rocked the “champs” party glasses, went vertical flat-brim with the hat, and gave an epic mean mug.

What, you were expecting a smile? Come on now.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

Paul George dunked on Birdman, put him on a poster (Video)

Paul George absolutely annihilated Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen with a dunk late in the third quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night.

The Indiana Pacers forward was being guarded by LeBron James with about 10 seconds left in the quarter. He went left, blew by James, and then took off and dunked over Birdman with a spectacular throwdown.

Here’s the image for your poster:

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