The inside story of how Miami Heat center Dwayne Deadmon became ‘The Mechanic’ – The Mercury News

The most notable part of how Dwayne Deadmon became “The Mechanic” may not be the way the social-media account created a nickname that went viral to the degree of formal adoption by the Miami Heat.

The most extraordinary element is how it fits into the hard-working, gritty Reserve Center.

“When I was a senior in high school, my senior project was actually one where I worked in a garage,” Deadmon told the Sun Sentinel this week. “I can change the oil. I can change a tire. I know how to do sparkplugs to a certain extent. They’re a little trickier. I can do a few things.”

Who knew?

certainly no one Miami Heat Beat (Twitter: @miaheatbeat), when the social-media account embodied Deadmon’s work ethic upon his Heat arrival last April, one at a time to help Bam Adebayo with the team’s dirty work in paint for someone was kept hungry.

No problem. A nickname was born.

“We do a postgame show called Hangover Time,” said @miaheatbeat host and editor Giancarlo Navas. “We’re basically talking about the game. And we kind of fell in love with Deadmon. Initially, they were struggling with the rebounding year they got. So that kind of energy and Started bringing things.

“And I believe it was Tiffany Meeks on our postgame show who said, ‘He looks like the uncle on the block who will fix your Camaro.’ And then we started creating this character, because he also fixed stuff on the team, right? That’s why we made a segment called Dedmon’s Garage.”

Left there, it would have been just an innovative nickname suggestion, with the potential to spill over into the ether.

But after being tagged with the moniker on social media, Deadmon moved on.

Her Halloween costume from earlier this season?

Well, as the caption on his Instagram Read, “Happy Halloween from the Mechanic and Elmo.”

There, in an Elmo costume, stood with his son in a Deadmon mechanic’s overalls.

“My wife bought them for me because of the surname,” he said. “It was a joke we really liked.”

Navas and his team were besides him.

“He posted it and tagged us,” Navas said. “We couldn’t believe it. We lost it. It was the mechanic and Elmo. For us, it was, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe this is happening.’ And we thought it was our weirdest lie, and now Deadman’s on it.

And that’s it, from the very beginning Dedmon took it as a hug, finding something particularly appealing about Dedmon’s Garage.

“I thought it was funny,” he said.

from there. , , It took over his life.

It was mentioned on the podcast that Jeremy Tache ‘does for Bally Sports Florida.

Heat captain Udonis Haslem started using it.

Longtime Heat play-by-play voice Eric Reid mentioned it on the Heat broadcast.

Basketball Reference was listing it on Dedmon’s biography page.

Suddenly, it was a staple of Heat’s official social-media accounts, one that Cedric Brown, the Heat’s director of digital programs, said could no longer be ignored.

“During that stretch when he started playing really well,” Brown said, “it’s all we can see in his mentions of, ‘The Mechanic, the Mechanic, the Mechanic.’ And it was like, this is awesome.’ ,

So he got it run by Deadmon.

“He said it’s the ‘toughest’ nickname in the league,” Brown said of the gritty element. “And when you hear that, then we knew we had to really lean on it.

“We had his blessings and we just ran with that.”

Like Navas, the Halloween post topped it all.

“When we saw it,” Brown said, “we knew at the time we had no choice but to go ahead with it. That was it. We would feel like we could do ourselves and our fans by not using it.” doing injustice.”

For Deadmon, 6ft 11,250 pounds, it’s the latest development in a series of nicknames that he said began. , , at birth.

“Heavy D, that was my nickname when I was little,” he said of the moniker first coined by the late Jamaican-born rapper, producer, singer, and actor.

“Obviously,” the 32-year-old Deadman continued with a smile, “when I came out. I was a big kid.”

Later, he said, the surname became D-Mac.

“It started in college,” he said of that one. “A friend of mine gave me a nickname one day when we were chilling, and it kind of stuck.”

And, now, the mechanic.

“I mean, it works for the team, it works for me. So that’s cool,” he said. “I learned early in this league, it took him to play a role, stay fit and keep a job It’s about sticking.”

And if necessary, handle the oil change.

Only, he said, the stakes have changed.

“It would be $250,” he said.

Wow, $250 for an oil change?

“It’s not a rip-off,” he smiled again, “you’re paying for the experience.”

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