'Good job, good effort' fan urges Heat to not give up in Game 6
Nine-year-old Jack Meyer encourages Miami Heat players as they walk off the floor after a Game 5 loss
MIAMI -- His cry of "good job, good effort" made him a viral star and even spawned a tribute T-shirt, but all nine-year-old Jack Meyer wants is for the Miami Heat to keep fighting as they face potential elimination Thursday night.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Co. head to Boston for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals knowing only a win will keep their championship dream alive.
It was in the aftermath of the devastating Game 5 defeat at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday that Jack, who was stationed above the tunnel, uttered his now-famous words of encouragement as the players trudged off court.
"I said 'good job, good effort,' and Terrel [Harris] noticed me and gave me a thumbs up," Jack told WTVJ.
The exchange, which was caught on the game broadcast, sparked a viral hit, a parody Twitter account and the "Good Effort" T-shirt -- but still left the lingering question of whether the young fan was praising or pitying his heroes.
Jack, who sleeps in a Heat-themed bed and has supported the team for at least five years, said he was all love.
"LeBron James was fighting so hard, Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem. Chris Bosh only played 14 minutes, yet [had] one of his best games," he said.
And he had a clear message for the players Thursday as they look to force a Game 7 decider.
"You can't give up this easily," Jack said. "You know there's always got to be a second chance for you. You always have the power to win."