Chris "Birdman" Andersen has never been on an NBA championship winning team. And until a few months ago, he probably thought he might never get that chance.

Five months ago, Andersen was an unrestricted free agent, bouncing back and forth between his homes in Texas and Colorado and wondering if he would play in the NBA again. The 34-year-old was coming off of knee surgery and legal issues that threatened his career after 11 seasons in the league, and he wasn't even watching NBA games at that point.

"I wasn't watching basketball then, bro," Andersen told USA TODAY Sports. "Nope. I was out in the country. I was hunting hogs, messing around and hanging with the homeboys. That's it."

Then, in January, the Miami Heat called Andersen and offered him a 10-day contract. He jumped at the opportunity, realizing that this was a chance to revitalize his career and compete for a championship.

"It was a call," Andersen said with a smile. "They wanted me to come in to bring energy and defense off of the bench and provide a little spark. That's what I'm here for."

When Miami brought Andersen in, he had to get into playing shape.

"I didn't have the opportunity to work out like I normally do during the summers because I had knee surgery so when I came in I was probably around 50 percent basketball shape," Andersen said. "It took me a while to get to the point where I'm at. I put in the hard work, lifting weights a little bit more, riding the bike a little bit more and doing some extra sprints after games, stuff like that."

He has been one of Miami's best role players in the 2013 postseason, averaging 7.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 15.3 minutes.

During the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, Andersen missed just two shots in the series, finishing 16-of-18 from the field.

Andersen hasn't even had a chance to look back on his amazing journey and it's not something that he's going to focus on until after the season is over.

"I ain't got no time to reflect," Andersen said. "All I'm thinking about is the next game, how I need to get better and how I can help my team out. … Everybody keeps asking me those questions, but I'm really not in that realm right now. I'm more focused on trying to beat the San Antonio Spurs. Once it's all over with and I have a couple of days, some time to actually reflect, then I'll look back on the journey of being a free agent and now being in the Finals. I'll look back on it then."

Even though he has only been in Miami since January, he has fit right in with the Heat and grown close to his teammates. While Birdman may be viewed as out of place in some cities, he fits in around Miami, with his mohawk and heavily tattooed body.

"In Miami, anything goes," Heat forward Shane Battier said with a laugh. "You can wear whatever you want. You can drive whatever you want. Bird is one of the guys. He's one of the guys.

"It seems pretty obvious, but he brings amazing energy. For a team that's talented, we're not the highest motor team, but he's a high-motor guy and he really helps us in that area."

When Andersen was trying to learn the system and adjust to his new team in Miami, LeBron James is one of the players who helped him the most. Andersen said the way James carries himself off the court is impressive.