After the Miami Heat suffered another agonizing loss, their fourth in a row, to the Chicago Bulls 87-86, there were numerous reports, most importantly from their coach Erik Spoelstra, that players were seen in tears from the emotional game.
Does this sound like a team that guaranteed multiple championships three months before the first game was even played?
It sounds like a bunch of cry-baby, overpaid, self-centered, choir-boys.
For a team named the Heat, they simply cannot handle any of it when it comes their way.
This team cannot handle scrutiny or pressure from anywhere, even though they supposedly have superstar leaders on their team with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.
"The Miami Heat are exactly what everyone wanted, losing games. The world is better now because the Heat is losing," said a dejected and a frustrated Dwayne Wade after the loss to the Chicago Bulls Sunday evening.
When you take the approach of "it's us against the world", of course nobody is going to like you.
But are Wade and Co. in such denial that they completely forgot about the extravagant off-season fiasco they created by toying with numerous cities' hearts?
There are always going to people who hate you no matter who or where you.
You just have to deal with it.
The Heat simply cannot.
Not only do they feel the whole world is against them, but apparently, the whole basketball league has something against them,too.
The Heat are currently 14-18 against teams above .500, and they are just 1-9 against the top five teams in the league.
I would be crying, too.
Especially knowing the Heat will have to go unbeaten the rest of the way to be better than LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers last season.
The subject of crying in sports is a wide and heavily separated discussion.
Some feel it should be warranted under certain circumstances, and others feel it should be left behind closed doors, preferably away from the cameras.
But I have never seen it occur in a regular season game, particularly in basketball.
As draining as the Heat and Bulls game was, the best thing to do is regroup and figure out what went wrong to make adjustments for the future.
How can we interpret these images of the Heat players crying?
Does this mean it may be the downward spiral of the Heat and will it prompt a quick first round exit from the playoffs?
Could this mean the "Big Three" are possibly an experiment that went terribly wrong?
For many, it could very well be the sign of tossing in the towel.
The Heat simply have looked atrocious against the top teams in the league.
They do no have enough in the tank to push them to the extra mile to become elite.
The scene of a man slumping down, with his hands in his face full with tears, may be the image that sums up the Heat's play this season.