The Washington Times - December 17, 2012, 11:50AM

As the country still reels from the tragedy in Newtown Conn., several members of the NBA community chose their own special way to pay tribute to the victims and the survivors. On Saturday night at the American Airlines Arena before the games against the Wizards, several members of the Miami Heat decided to bring their kids with them on the court during the National Anthem.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it was something the players wanted to do.


“It’s been a heavy day,” Spoelstra said. “It is a despicable tragedy. Our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers go out to everyone in the community there in Connecticut. It hit home with our guys. In the locker room this morning, when I walked through, you could see it visibly in their expressions.”

“Everyone was talking about it. It’s hit all of us. We talked about it at the start of shootaround and it was the guys’ idea to have their kids out there. You just feel so bad for the community and those families and there is just nothing that is going to be able to make it right.”

 Heat guard Dwyane Wade had son’s Zaire, 10, and Zion, 5, with him, as well as his nephew, Dahveon.

 “It was just a team decision,” Wade said. “Coach talked a lot about our families and spending time with them when we can. Just everything that is going on, we just wanted to, like every team in the league did, give a moment of silence for the tragedy that happened. We just wanted to bring our kids out. I made sure my kids put their hand over their heart to pray for the families that we effected by this tragedy. It is great that we can have all our kids there. ”

“I am so appreciative to have my kids with me everyday. You think about the families that won’t have that opportunity because of the decision that was made by someone. Your hearts go out to them so much. It makes you appreciate every second a little more.”

Chris Bosh has two children, daughter Trinity, 3, and son Jackson, 7 months.

“Our children are important to us,” Bosh said. “ I couldn’t imagine being in the position that some people are in right now, having to go through what they have to go through. It wasn’t like they were dropping their kids off in a dangerous situation; it was school. It was just a regular, normal day. It makes you realize that you can’t take things for granted, and sometimes we do. Most importantly our condolences go out to all the families that lost somebody.”

LeBron James was with his two sons, LeBron Jr., 8, and Bryce, 5.

“It was very emotional,” James said. “D Wade brought it up and we all thought it would be the best thing to do. Not taking anything for granted, knowing we have our family still. Very emotional time with that moment of silence and to have our kids out there was great.”

James also had the words Newtown, Ct. written on the side of his shoes.