Luther Campbell says Miami needs a Heat victory

Fri, Jun 3

It's not surprising that Luther Campbell -- the hip-hop artist/record label owner also known as Luke Skyywalker and Uncle Luke -- wants a Miami Heat championship. But the reason why might be.

Luther Campell
AP Photo/Alan DiazLuther Campbell ran for mayor of Miami-Dade county, and says the area needs the Heat's success.

Because, he says, with the sputtering economy, local government corruption, and even long-running sports struggles involving the Dolphins and the University of Miami, his hometown needs it.

"I think for the times right now in the city," Campbell said by phone Thursday, "it would be great if something like this happened."

But Campbell is more than just a homer. He's serious about the city, having just completed a surprisingly successful campaign to become Miami-Dade County Mayor in the recent post-recall election. He didn't win, but he did finish fourth with 11 percent of the vote (20,962 ticked boxes) despite raising just $12,000 throughout.

The 50-year-old Campbell said he got support from several athletes, including former Hurricanes Warren Sapp, Bryant McKinnie and Edgerrin James. Heat-wise, Campbell said he received texts from "a couple of guys" from the team, including friend and assistant coach Keith Askins, telling him he had their vote.

Now he's keeping a close eye on the Heat's own campaign, as he has for much of the season. He used his column with the Miami New Times to call for coach Erik Spoelstra's firing, but "I had to eat my words about that." He said he might go to a game, most likely in Dallas (like back in 2006, when he was at the clinching Game 6), but prefers to watch the action from sports bars (his favorite, he said, is Miami Prime Grill).

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