Heat forward Josh McRoberts is still an unknown quantity with his new team, but that doesn't mean he hasn't already made an impression on fans. In his first home game since coming back from offseason toe surgery, McRoberts wasted no time in cultivating his appeal when he ripped his jersey down the middle like Hulk Hogan.
The destruction of McRoberts' jersey looked intentional — like a baseball player breaking a bat over his knee — but on Monday the former Bobcats man said that wasn't the case.
"It looked crazy," McRoberts said. "It looked like I was trying to rip it apart. I usually just pull on it and hold onto the top of it...When it started to go, it just went and it made it look like I was ripping it even more. But it wasn't cool."
So, it doesn't sound McRoberts is going to make the jersey-ripping thing part of the nightly show, and that's too bad. Just think of all the marketing and sponsorship opportunities...OK, I can't think of any off hand, but when the Heat and other NBA teams slap corporate logos on their jerseys in a few years, players who rip those things in half will be cult heroes.
"They make them a little bit different every year," McRoberts said. "I'll let you decide what different means."