It's already begun.
Before LeBron James had even officially announced he was joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami to form what I've coined as the "South Beach Superteam", fans all over the country and pundits galore were trying their best to diminish the Miami Heat's potential accomplishments.
There is no dearth of articles just here on Bleacher Report, as well as ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, Fox Sports, and many other sites, attempting to detail how such a dynastic triumvirate will almost certainly fail.
Of course, I expected no less.
When I posited such a team could be formed, I was ridiculed and abused mercilessly.
I couldn't find a single person who honestly believed it was even a possibility, let alone a probability, and even those who for an instance entertained the idea tried their best to convince me it was a team doomed to failure.
Those same people, along with many others are now writing loads and loads of hogwash trying to convince themselves, and America, that Miami is not the pre-eminent favorite to win the title this coming year, and every year going forward so long as they stay healthy.
They're welcome to believe such tripe, and that's precisely what it is, in my view.
Some are saying that they'll end up just like the Rockets team featuring an aging Hakeem Olajuwon, a thoroughly over-the-hill Charles Barkley, and a crusty Clyde Drexler.
Other scenarios from past "teamings" of superstars are thrown out there as evidence Miami won't reach the pinnacle of the NBA.
Are they serious?
Do they truly believe the words coming out of their mouths (or in this case, off their keyboards)?
Another point made is Miami won't be able to surround the three with anyone.
I'm guessing they believe it'll be Wade, Bosh, LeBron, and twelve scrubs running the court for the Heat next year.
Again, are they serious? Do they truly believe such nonsense?
In a word, NO!
I don't believe any of the haters mouthing such ridiculous stuff actually believe it themselves. They know only too well that Pat Riley is likely to surround these three with an incredibly talented blend of veterans and youngsters, and they're scared.
As well they should be.
In an earlier article, I said today was bound to be the greatest day in NBA history.
Some have gotten on me (attacked me), saying such is nothing but hyperbole. I don't think it is.
I believe today is the first day of a shift in the NBA, and sports, like nothing we've ever witnessed.
These three players aren't aging. They aren't past their primes. They're not on their last legs.
All three of them are in the best parts of the prime of their careers. They have enough experience to know how to win, and have the legs and energy to do it.
They're the Chicago Bulls of 1991 with a better cast, and they're primed to make a run at multiple titles that will make the Bulls' six titles pale in comparison.
They'll challenge the Boston Celtics of the 60's as the most dominant force in professional sports ever !
You can laugh at that view if you like, but I'm convinced it will be proven correct over time, and that means that today will be looked back upon as the greatest day in NBA history; for it will be the birth of a dynasty like no other.
There will be no dearth of haters of the Miami Heat. That's a given.
Every single fan in Cleveland will hate the Heat for the next century. LeBron's coming to Miami has instantly created a rivalry like no other in sports.
Chicago and its fans will almost certainly hate the boys from South Beach with equal fervor, because of their perceived, and obviously mistaken, belief that they had a shot at landing Wade, LeBron, Bosh, or a combination of the two.
They should be forgiven for that to some degree, as it was due mainly to them buying into the hype surrounding the lies of ESPN writer Chad Ford, who led them to believe the second meeting between Wade and the Bulls was at his request, and not Chicago's.
The Toronto Raptors and their fans will probably bear Miami some animosity as well, looking upon the Heat as the evil empire that stole their favorite son away, and numerous other teams like the Knicks and Nets will see Miami in the same light.
In the end, all of these teams, and all of these fans will someday have to learn to move on.
They lost, and Miami won, and there's no changing that now.
There's never any use in crying over spilt milk. That is something I personally know altogether too well, having lost a leg in a motorcycle accident.
So, my advice to them is, grieve. Let it out. Get angry. Bear malice toward the Miami Heat and its players. Do all that, and root hard against them. Hopefully that will bring you the solace you need to be able to forge ahead.
But no amount of your hate or anger will stop Miami from completing the mission Pat Riley has set for them. He brought together a dynasty today, and that dynasty's mission is to do things no other dynasty has before.
When it's all said and done I believe Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat will have won the next 7-8 titles in a row. You're welcome to laugh all you want here.
When they do, though, and even as they're doing it, they'll become the greatest show on earth.
They'll land endorsements in the hundreds of millions, and when it's all over, will all be billionaires, or close to it.
LeBron made the right decision today, as did Wade and Bosh yesterday.
No amount of anger should have, or did, dissuade them from taking destiny by the reins and galloping off into a bright future for themselves.
The Heat is On, and Woe to Anyone in The South Beach Superteam's Way!
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