Miami Heat's Official List Of Haters for This Season and Beyond
The aftermath of LeBron James' Decision has brought with it an aftermath of controversy. Think of it as a volcano eruption which began in Cleveland, Ohio and spewed around America with critics and haters weighing in on their intense disgust for a team that has Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and a mastermind in Pat Riley.
For Heat fans they may want to call these famed haters', "Public Enemies" who are sure to jump on the squad for losing a game this season or bashing the Heat when they are up against a strong team like Orlando or Los Angeles and saying they have no chance because they have Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum. I repeat, "no chance", this is what some might allude to.
Without further ado, let's roll down the list for this season's Miami Heat Public Enemies, who are sure to be the Heat's annoying voice at every corner...
Of course coming from one of the teams who have a real shot at challenging the Miami Heat this season, Lakers coach Phil Jackson has something to say about the new team.
"They got great talent," Jackson said in an interview with ESPN 1000. "There's no question about their talent they have. But, talent doesn't always win. The team that shows the best teamwork will win it. We think that [the Lakers] have established something. “I always refer to when Wilt Chamberlain was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and that put [Elgin] Baylor, [Jerry] West and Chamberlain together — three of the top scorers in NBA history — and they never won a championship together the four years they were together.”
Phil Jackson thinks the Miami Heat would have a shot if they build teamwork but these three have established that when they played in the Olympics and have been friends ever since the NBA draft. While he isn't a hardcore hater, he becomes a bit sour on the list of the Heat's public enemies.
While Reggie Miller likes the Miami Heat as a team, he didn't like the general idea of LeBron James joining two other superstars and forming a super team. Coming from a guy who played in Indiana, a small market compared to New York, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles, it is true to form.
However, we can't ignore that he thinks it was a bad idea and that he should have stayed in Cleveland. While it would have been a great story Reggie Miller has to realize he won no rings staying in Indiana and he may regret that now.
Dan Gilbert isn't a Miami Heat hater but he is LeBron James' public enemy but whoever enemy James has so does the Miami Heat. Deep down, he hates the Heat's guts for pulling off the free agent hauls of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James.
As you can see in the video, Dan Gilbert says his team will win an NBA title before the Miami Heat and that "you can take that to the bank."
Right, like I'll invest money on that guarantee may be the King's former owner. Dan Gilbert ended up being the Miami Heat's first official public enemy on Decision night with his infamous public letter.
Jon Barry is one of a few public enemies who happen to be self proclaimed NBA analysts. In order to understand what I'm about to say, please view the video. Barry has never liked the whole decision and the teaming up of the Miami Heat. In this recent video of Miami Heat as they open training camp, Jon Barry further makes it known he doesn't like the Miami Heat. For those too lazy view quotes below:
"Vince Carter did not play well in this last season's playoffs, I think he'll come back with a vengeance," - Jon Barry on Orlando Magic's chances against the Miami Heat.
"I still believe that you have to take a step back before you take a step forward," - Jon Barry referring on Miami Heat's title chances despite the Boston Celtics doing it in their first season with their Big 3. Since when you do go up a flight of stairs and walk backwards?
"I think Miami gets beat in the Eastern Conference Finals," - Jon Barry on his prediction of the Miami Heat finish. It's funny that he doesn't mention the team they will lose to and that he "thinks" they'll lose. A true analyst will assure viewers of his bold prediction and say who they will lose too. The Magic? The Bulls? Who? Hater written all over Jon Barry, hopefully ESPN realizes that and removes him from coverage.
And finally to answer the question brought up at the start of this video, I would prefer Hannah Storm and Sage Steele in between Josh Elliot and Jalen Rose any day.
Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy had choice words to say about Chris Bosh when he first joined the Miami Heat.
"[Bosh] has been following Wade around for two weeks like a lapdog. So that doesn't really surprise me."
Stan Van Gundy has added his magical fuel to the fire already building around the Miami Heat-Orlando Magic rivalry. Van Gundy is a former Heat coach who left on cloudy terms with the team after 20 games before getting replaced by Pat Riley.
Van Gundy doesn't like Miami Heat but his brother sure does, Jeff Van Gundy predicted they'll win more than 72 games and possibly break the regular season win streak. It goes to show not all brothers think alike.
"Get a life!"
That's what Pat Riley said in reference to all Heat enemies but specifically Otis Smith for his comments of LeBron James the day after the Decision.
Orlando general manager Otis Smith said, "I thought he was, I guess, more of a competitor."
Pat Riley added that Otis Smith made "an absolutely stupid remark. He never made any kind of comment like that when he signed Rashard Lewis and he brought him down from Seattle with a $128 million contract."
Many people didn't criticize when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined forces in Boston to team up for an NBA title. The notion now is that you have to be nearing the end of your prime to join forces but the Big 3 in Miami have changed that. Heck Otis Smith tried it when he got Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis, and Dwight Howard together. Isn't that a Big 3?
While Karl Malone doesn't seem to be atop the list of the Heat's public enemies, he won't seem to budge in picking them to win an NBA title this season. His pick is the Los Angeles Lakers. Mind you the Miami Heat minus LeBron James and Chris Bosh were 1-1 against the Lakers last season. They won 114-111 at home on March 4th and lost by a Kobe Bryant buzzer beater in Los Angeles 107-108 on December 4th, 2009.
Clearly close games for a team that had Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, Paul Gasol, Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest. The Miami Heat will obviate the Los Angeles Lakers, and picking the Lakers for a third consecutive season while many critics fail to do the same for Miami is preposterous.
"You've still got to play the game,'' said Malone in an interview with FanHouse.com. "When we played (in 2003-04), everybody you played it was like their championship. But you're an injury away and your teammates have got to accept you. There's a lot that goes into it.''
His championship prediction is.....
"I'll take the Lakers until somebody beats them,'' said Malone. "I'll take the Lakers this year. Miami has got a hell of a team. But everything has got to go right for them to win.''
We'll see about that, the Miami Heat having a scoring great to disprove.
Besides Dan Gilbert, Mark Cuban is another owner who despises the Miami Heat for constructing the team they did. Cuban is also pissed that the Miami Heat beat them in the 2006 NBA finals when they were up 2-0 and almost up 3-0 in the series before losing 4-2.
Here's what Cuban had to say about the Miami Heat:
“Maybe it will work for the Heat, maybe it won’t. But if this is a trend, it won’t be long before someone bets the Trifecta and loses big. “One of my favorite sayings is, ‘First, there are the innovators, then there are the imitators, then there are the idiots.’ It applies to the NBA as much as it applies to the business world.”
Cuban dissed Pat Riley and the Miami Heat in one phrase. Cuban has failed miserably at getting players to join his team, having Dirk leave for a split second and then signing a longer deal for more financially stability which ended up going towards Brendan Haywood.
Magic Johnson always wanted to beat Larry Bird and Michael Jordan and even had an opinion about the LeBron James fiasco. Johnson said he would never have teamed up with his Jordan and Bird to win a title.
"We didn't think about it cause that's not what we were about," said Magic Johnson. "From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird."
The fact that he adores the Los Angeles Lakers for a third consecutive title adds him to the list for a public enemy. Anyone who picks the Los Angeles Lakers in the minds of Heat fans is a public enemy. There is too many questions about the Los Angeles Lakers which start with Andrew Bynum, is he going to be healthy all season long?
The bottom line is that many people pick the Lakers because they aren't the hated team in the NBA. Andrew Bynum is injured, Vince Carter is aging, and the Bulls didn't get LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony so what makes them better?
Again I look back to the fact that LeBron's Cavaliers won 66 games a couple years back, the Celtics' 66 game victories when they first had the trio of Allen, Garnett, and Pierce. The Miami Heat might hit a few bumps in the way of critics and losses but they will no doubt be one of the best teams in NBA history.
And last but not least, Charles Barkley, perhaps the Miami Heat's public enemy #1. After LeBron James tweeted that he was making a list of the people who have been slamming him for this move to South Beach and the he will remember them when he plays them this coming season, Barkley came roaring with his own take.
Barkley on ESPN radio in Dallas called the actions of Wade, Bosh, and James during the pep rally held by the Heat, "a punk move."
"I heard about LeBron's little tweet today that he's remembering everybody who said anything bad about him," Barkley said to ESPN Radio in Dallas back during the summer. "And he said 'everybody.' Well, I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that (list).
"He's got enough people kissing his ass with his family and all the people who work for him," Barkley said. "We don't have to tell him what he wants to hear all the time. That's one of the reasons why ... some of these young guys ... my opinion is he should have stayed in Cleveland.
"That one-hour special, them jumping around on stage like punks, that wasn't cool to me. From a basketball standpoint, I wish he had stayed in Cleveland, and if he takes that as criticism, so be it. He knows where I'll be, I don't run. I'm on TV every week, I'm easy to find."
Boy we can't wait for Barkley to be on TV to hear what he has to say when the Miami Heat are on TNT, it's only a matter of time.