L.A. Diaz: An Officer, a Gentleman and a Miami HEAT Fan: It's More Than Just a Game to Him
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
It's an hour before tipoff on Christmas day at AmericanAirlines Arena and I'm chatting courtside with Jason Alberti, a Miami native and former Staff Sergeant with the United States Air Force. The game is a big one -- a rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals with the HEAT hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder. Alberti and his family are part of a small contingent of military families invited to participate in an on-court gift exchange with players and coaches from both teams.
Alberti, a disabled veteran and a father of four, can hardly contain his enthusiasm. His eyes dart nervously across the length of the court and back again as he surveys the pre-game activities: cameras setting up, assorted players practicing their shots, HEAT president Pat Riley about to walk past us. Alberti's right leg is bouncing up and down uncontrollably. He stands up to greet Riley, extends his hand and vigorously shakes Riley's hand. Alberti's eyes are brimming with pleasure and nervous excitement. He sits ba
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