Miami Heat: Don't Crown Them Yet

Evan LaFranceContributor IIIJuly 14, 2010

CLEVELAND - JULY 8:  Police stand guard near a larger than life photograph of LeBron James after the announcement that James will play next season for the Miami Heat July 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. The two-time Most Valuable Player made the choice to play for Miami next season. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
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On July 8th, 2010 the Cleveland Cavaliers lost a player in free agency. But not just any player. They lost their franchise player, the savior, LeBron James.

The Miami Heat gained two of the biggest prizes of the summer in LeBron and Chris Bosh, bringing them in to play alongside Dwyane Wade. As Miami fans rejoiced in their good fortune, Cleveland fans felt betrayed. Their owner flipped out in writing a public letter.

It is not easy to see a great player go, especially the way LeBron did. But the fact of the matter is—he did leave. He's gone.

LeBron is not coming back.

Some people say he took the best route to a championship. Others say he took the selfish way out. Even more say he took the easy path, instead of toughing it out like the legends of the NBA did before him. But a week after the so-called "Decision," will the talk ever die down?

I understand Cleveland lost a hero. Miami gained an icon. The NBA gained a team everyone will love to hate.

But can we at least wait until the season starts before we crown the Heat the favorites to win it all? Can we wait to see how the Cavs will do without LeBron before calling them an automatic lottery team for years to come?

No one knows how the season will pan out. There are thousands of articles being written on the Internet every single day about the Heat and the Cavs. These writers are jumping on the bandwagon, not seeing what is obvious.

The Lakers have won two straight titles. The Celtics still have gas in the tank. The Magic are still powerhouses in the East. The Chicago Bulls have improved their roster compared to last year's team. Even the Knicks added a piece for the future.

Before we declare the Heat the dynasty of the future and the run-away favorites, can we wait to see the first tip-off?