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Miami Heat: 10 Other Teams and Athletes Who Have Bigger Things to Cry About

Pat MarrujoContributor IMarch 10, 2011

Miami Heat: 10 Other Teams and Athletes Who Have Bigger Things to Cry About

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    The Miami Heat are the latest crybabies in the sports world. They were allegedly crying after their heart-breaking loss to the Chicago Bulls just days ago.

    But do the Heat really have anything to cry about?

    They have the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, two candidates for the MVP award and are going to be one of the front runners in the playoffs. If you look at the big picture, the Heat are pretty well off.

    There are many other teams and athletes (not just in the NBA) that have far more to cry about than the Miami Heat.

    These are 10 other athletes and teams that should be crying.  

10. Portland Trial Blazers

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    The Trail Blazers are not the most unfortunate team in the NBA. They are currently the sixth seed in a very tough Western Conference and made one of the best moves of the deadline by acquiring Gerald Wallace.

    Portland is on this list because of the bad luck they have had over the last few seasons. This bad luck all started when they drafted Greg Oden over Kevin Durant. At the time, it seemed like a fine move, but we know now that it was a failure. Oden has played in just 82 games since being drafted by the Trail Blazers in 2007 because of injuries.

    Another example of bad luck is the breaking down of Brandon Roy’s knee. Roy was one of the most promising young guards in the NBA until injuries started to derail his career.

    If the Blazers could have stayed healthier (or drafted Kevin Durant), they might be one of the best teams in the NBA right now.

9. Carson Palmer

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    Most players who hold out and demand to be traded get their wish. That does not appear to be the case with Carson Palmer.

    He threatened the Bengals front office that he will retire if he is not traded. But the Bengals are calling his bluff and have said they will not trade Palmer.

    Now I am not one to side with a player who makes as much as Palmer does holding out, but this does seem a tad unfair. Why won’t they just grant Palmer his wish?

    So many other NFL players have held out for a trade and gotten exactly what they wanted. Carson Palmer has to be asking himself, "Why not me?"

8. Larry Fitzgerald

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    Fitzgerald is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. From 2005-2009, he was the favorite target of future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner. Life was good.

    Last season, however, Fitzgerald was part of a passing attack that was 31st in the league. His quarterbacks were Derek Anderson, John Skelton and undrafted rookie Max Hall.

    Fitzgerald has earned the right to play with a top quarterback. He only has one year left on his contract, but this year could mean everything for the Cardinals.

    If the Cardinals don’t find a formidable signal caller for Fitzgerald, he could walk.

7. Kevin Love

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    Kevin Love has a lot to be happy about. He just broke Moses Malone’s record for the most consecutive double-doubles, he is the best rebounder in the NBA and was named to the All-Star team this year.

    However, Love is stuck playing on one of the worst teams in the NBA. He might be one of the best big men in the NBA this season, but he will always be irrelevant until he gets out of Minnesota.

    Hopefully the Timberwolves will do the right thing and eventually move Love to a decent team.

6. Larry Rothschild

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    I know what you're thinking: Who the heck is Larry Rothschild?

    Rothschild is the pitching coach for the New York Yankees. He has the impossible task of putting together a starting rotation for the Bronx Bombers.

    The pieces he has to work with are C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and numerous scrubs.

    In a desperate act, the Yankees went out and signed Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and Mark Prior. All three were, at one point, top pitchers. Unfortunately, that was five years ago.  

    Good luck, Mr. Rothschild

5.Ohio State Football

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    The Ohio State Football program is in a state of emergency. They will have some of their best players suspended for the first five games of next season, and coach Jim Tressel will be suspended in the first two and was also fined $250,000.

    A more severe punishment (suspension) is expected to come from the NCAA regarding the Tressel case. If that happens, Ohio State could be without their coach and star players in a pivotal week three matchup against Miami.

    Ohio State used to have the reputation of caring about the student in the term "student-athlete." Incidents like this have damaged their reputation.

4. Boise State Football

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    BYU is going independent, TCU is going to the Big East, Utah is going to the Pac-12 and Boise State is being left behind.

    This is ironic because Boise State has always been the face of the mid-major schools. As the others were getting into bigger conferences, Boise State was left wondering what happened.

    It looks like Boise State is going to continue to be the small school from the outside looking in at the National Championship.

3. Jimmer Fredette

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    Jimmer Fredette has become a national sensation. He was the hottest thing in sports at one time and is still the best scorer in all of college basketball.

    His BYU Cougars were dark horses to win the National Championship until the unthinkable happened.

    BYU’s best inside player, Brandon Davies, was kicked off the team. Without Davies, it seems as if it is a forgone conclusion that BYU has no chance in the tournament anymore.

    The legend of Jimmer Fredette will never be able to live up to its full potential. Jimmer is great, but he cannot win without such a key post player missing from his team.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers

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    I still feel bad for what happened to the Cavs this summer. The Cavs lost their hometown hero in LeBron James and have fallen to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

    Although, as unfortunate as it may have been for the Cavs, you cannot fault LeBron’s decision for leaving.

    The Cavs are like a ferris wheel at an amusement part. James had a great ride to the top, but once he got there everything changed. He knew he could only go down from there. So he started looking around at all the other rides he could be on, like the Miami Heat, and he saw how much higher that ride could take him.

    LeBron simply had an opportunity to be on a better ride, and he jumped on it.

1. Steve Nash

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    Steve Nash has had to endure as tough of a year as any point guard in the NBA. He lost his two leading scorers from a season ago, Jason Richardson and Amar’e Stoudemire, his team is no longer a part of the Western Conference elite and he divorced his wife.

    Nash is what is left behind from a great Suns team that was on the verge of making the NBA Finals four times. He is now stuck with an organization in a transitional period and desperately needs to make a move.

    As a Sun fan, it kills me to say it, but it is time to move Steve Nash. He is still a great player with a lot of trade value. Phoenix is not going to win a championship any time soon.

    Steve Nash deserves a ring. He is one of the hardest working guys in the league and should be given a chance to play with a title contender.

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