LeBron James and Miami Heat: Would Championship Make Situation Better or Worse?
Hating the Miami Heat.
In just 10 short months, it has become one the most fun things to do for NBA fans everywhere (except for the five real fans in Miami). We take joy in watching them struggle.
It's fun to see them cry and complain. It's always nice to make fun of the fact that they only have two and a half superstars. And, during the regular season at least, it was fun to watch them play in a home arena that was only half full most of the time.
Where did all of those extra fans come from during these playoffs, anyway?
But, do people actually hate the Miami Heat?
Not at all. I for one have no problem with them as an organization.
Although they have never been a dominant team, the franchise has had some memorable moments since coming into the league in 1988, capped off with a championship in 2006. They have had a star coach in Pat Riley, star players in Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade and some exciting rivalries with teams like the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls.
It isn't the city that people hate, nor is it the organization.
What people have against the Heat is that their current team, led by LeBron James, walk, talk and act like they are the kings of basketball.
I mean, they celebrated like they had already won the championship just a day after signing both James and Chris Bosh, while also re-signing Wade.
I have no problem with Wade. He is an excellent leader, a great player, can always be held accountable and is one of the toughest players in the league. Does he act like he has been there before? Yes. But that's because he has been there before. D-Wade has a ring.
The problem that most people have with the Heat is James and Bosh. LeBron acts like he has won everything when in reality he has won nothing. Bosh seems to think he is better than he really is, and seems to be content with just going along for the ride in Miami. Sure, he puts up a monster line here and there, but also has been known to completely disappear.
It's no big secret that the majority of NBA fans aren't really in love with the Heat. But would a championship help their situation, at least in the eye of the public? I'd say so. Here's why.
1. They Would All Have Rings
What is something that Lebron-haters love to point out?
Sure, they like to talk about how he thinks he is bigger than the team. Yes. they like to say he will never be Jordan or even Kobe. They would also say that when the going gets tough, LeBron runs away and hides.
They say all of that, and much more. But more than anything, people love to point out that LeBron still does not have a championship ring. He has all of the talent in the world, but he has nothing to show for it.
His haters never want to see him get a ring. So if he does, a number of people won't care about him and the Heat anymore.
2. It Would Help a Number of Other Teams
In 2007, the Boston Celtics acquired both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and along with Paul Pierce, formed their own version of the "Big Three." The trio went on to win a championship in their first season together
In July of 2010, both LeBron and Bosh joined Wade in Miami, and now the Heat are on the verge of winning a championship of their own.
See a pattern here?
The NBA is changing. More and more star players are interested in teaming up with other great players. The Celtics started it, the Heat took it to a new level and now the Knicks seem on the verge of putting together their own superstar trio.
This is now the formula that works, and more teams are going to start realizing it.
If you don't believe me, then watch what both Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are going to do when they become free agents next summer. They are going to be joining new teams, and the fan bases of those new teams certainly won't be complaining.
3. The Media Attention Will Lessen
When the Heat gathered for training camp this past September, they didn't just go to any random gym. No, they trained at an Air Force Base in Florida for close to a week.
But they weren't alone. ESPN, along with a number of other media outlets, seemed to be there for every minute of it.
And then the season started. All we heard about were the struggles of the Heat and the chemistry issue. Then we had to hear about how good they were playing. It just never seemed to end.
If the Heat come up short this season, that is all we will here about next season, as well.
It won't end until Miami wins a title. If they do, the media will be able to find some other story lines to follow, which means there will be less coverage of the Heat.
And that would be a good thing for everyone.
4. Erik Spoelstra Would Have Some Job Security...Maybe
I'm not sure about you, but I can't take another season filled with speculation that Pat Riley, at any moment, may decide to return to the bench and coach the Heat.
If Miami wins the title this year, he won't have to. But if they fall short, the pressure will continue to mount, and Riley may feel that he is the only man for the job.
But who knows. This is Pat Riley we are talking about. Anything is possible with him.
5. Who Knows, They Might Change
Part of the reason James and Bosh act the way they do is that, unfortunately, they always seem to be defending themselves.
Honestly, it must be hard to come off as a positive person when all people want to do is point out the negatives in you.
If the Heat win the championship, there will undoubtedly be less critics. As a result, maybe they will get to talk about other things besides the criticism being thrown at them.
I don't know either player personally, but I'd like to think that both of them are better guys than they come off as. Perhaps if they win a championship and the pressure is lifted off of their shoulders, the public could get to know the real LeBron James and the real Chris Bosh.
Unless underneath it all they are still selfish, arrogant and naive people. In that case, I don't think anyone wants to get to know them any further.