The "big three" was ridiculed for prematurely declaring their arrival as the NBA's next dynasty before even playing a single game.
Finally, and most importantly, their decision to align together was seen as a slap in the face to the most cardinal rule of sports: There is no I in team.
Of course, in the irony of all ironies, the intent belying their actions was exactly the opposite.
As they have already acknowledged, it was their belief that the world would welcome their unity as a noble gesture of sacrifice, applauded for evolving past the hypocrisy of a sport which embraced teamwork as much as it sought to discover the next Michael Jordan.
Instead, their actions were perceived as the ultimate symbol of hubris.
And the subsequent atmosphere of vitriol carried over with the team throughout the entirety of 2010-2011 season, from the dizzying high of feeling like pioneers to the sobering low of being cheered during a time of heart-breaking failure.
Fast forward to present day, however, and the Miami Heat stand atop the NBA, much as they had likely envisioned on that fateful day when their decision to join together became final and before any media-fueled rude awakening could take effect.
For this reason, Heat fans have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
But, for the sake of argument, let's narrow it down to a cool five.