It comes to no surprise that the general NBA audience either love or hate the Miami Heat. Whether it's just how the team came about or the individual players, the NBA Champions have battled opponents on the court and opponents in the form of haters.
Perhaps it's just sheer jealousy. The Heat roster is jam-packed for next season as well with some offseason acquisitions in Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen.
Being over-the-top could be another reason for all the hate. With "The Decision" being so overplayed by the anti-Heat members of the NBA universe, there was a sudden urge of despise for everything Miami Heat. The Big Three introduction could have something to do with it as well.
The haters are still out in full force, but perhaps have simmered down a little since the Heat have won a NBA title.
Here are some statements that Heat haters still make.
Yes, the hairline is getting pretty bad with LeBron James. We've all noticed it and the headband.
I guess that's now what the Heat haters have left since King James won a ring. If you want a good look at it, here it is.
Ouch indeed. Well, he gets his millions of dollars and the NBA audience will get their laughs and kicks of LeBron's hairline.
The hairline jokes will still be coming in full force. It's now the ultimate form of criticism for Heat haters.
Yes, LeBron James needed more help than the D-League team he had in Cleveland. After much thought, he joined D-Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. Who could blame him? It's an opportunity he couldn't refuse.
Did Jordan do it? No, but does that mean he didn't have help? Come on, get real. James brought the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA finals. A team that had no shot to be at that stage without a player like King James.
Of course he needed more help. Haters simply can't forgive James for the cardinal sin of switching teams. Some of the haters saying this aren't even Cleveland fans.
Did James commit a crime? He's one of the more responsible athletes out there. The 3-time MVP is the best player in the league and a true role model. He truly doesn't deserve all the hate.
How about criticizing the Cavs organization a little? It just didn't do enough to keep him satisfied. It's a business, so realize that.
What Heat haters won't give is any credit to the strong points of the team in South Beach. How about giving some praise to how Miami plays as a unit? The transition game, shooting and ball movement was quite impressive in the playoffs. But you won't hear that often.
Any poor performance will be noted to the end of day, though. If James has a poor performance, you will hear it like no other.
What's even more sad is that the Heat haters will probably get more satisfaction for the Heat's failure than their own team's success. It's rather sickening, no?
Joakim Noah said it after the Game 5 loss to the Miami Heat in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. In this video, Noah goes on to say the Heat are 'Hollywood as hell, but a good team.'
What the Chicago Bulls forward meant by this is how the team came about. Miami had a big celebration and welcome party prior to any games being played with the Big Three.
Perhaps Noah said it out of frustration, but he meant it. He doesn't seem to be the biggest Heat fan out there at the time.
James, Wade and Bosh came together in a Hollywood manner, but all they did was just welcome the Heat fans to the future. Perhaps make it a bit of a South Beach entrance.
Just give the Heat credit where it's due. The haters continue to bring up the refs and persuade people that the NBA playoffs were one-sided in the Heat's favor.
LeBron James and the squad were on a mission this year, it's as simple as that. The inexperience showed in the finals with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Heat shot the ball well from long range. They improved with free throws as the playoffs went on. OKC couldn't handle the Big Three and role players like Mike Miller, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers stepped up in big ways.
The refs are a mere excuse for Heat haters. The officials shouldn't win or lose you a game. That's just a poor, poor excuse.
I wonder if Game 5 was the refs' fault as well? Just give credit where it's due. OKC will be around for sometime with all the talent it has, but it wasn't the time.
Yes, LeBron James has only won one ring. He has promised way more than that. However, miracles don't happen overnight.
It will take time. James has finally gotten over the hump to win his first. Now, with an even deeper roster, the Heat look to repeat.
LeBron has felt the feeling of winning, but he now has to live up to his words. The haters will keep talking about his guarantees until he wins more.
Then again, he still won't get the credit he deserves most likely. The numbers he put up in the playoffs were remarkable, but it's just one ring, right?