On the day that the Heat headed west, the headwinds were stronger than normal. The team plane was going to use more fuel than usual, so a refueling stop would be necessary. Turns out, Oklahoma City was that stopping point.
Refueling a massive airplane takes time, so according to an airport worker who witnessed the entire scene, the players got off the jet. Most stayed in their own little world. Not LeBron. He noticed a couple of uniformed military personnel approach the team's security person.
Just like the Heat players, the helicopter pilots were in the terminal stretching their legs. They never expected the Miami Heat to walk through the door. Some of them wanted pictures with the players, but when the crew members approached the team's security detail, they were told no.
Maybe LeBron could overhear the conversation, or perhaps he could just tell by their body language what was going on. Either way, he piped up. "Hey, hey,
" he said, "any of these military guys can take a picture with us.
" He turned to his teammates. "You guys get up
," he told them. He turned to the servicemen. "Get your camera up
," he said. He started to wave the servicemen over but noticed that some of the players weren't yet on their feet. "Hey, everybody get up
," he said. "Get in a circle here. Anybody that wants their picture taken with us, we'll do it."
And that's exactly what they did. Any of the four or five dozen helicopter crewmen who wanted a photo got one. Not all of them did, but LeBron and his teammates posed with each and every one of them who asked.