NBA Finals: Five Reasons LeBron James and the Miami Heat Deserve to Lose

Joe IannelloAnalyst IIIJune 6, 2011

NBA Finals: Five Reasons LeBron James and the Miami Heat Deserve to Lose

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    The Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night  88-86, and have taken a two games to one series advantage in the NBA finals.

    This was a huge win for the Heat and their fans, as the team that has won game three of a series tied one-one in a two-three-two format has won all 11 times.

    Ever since LeBron teamed up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, it seems like the entire country was forced to choose sides. Either you're with the Heat or you're against them.

    Did LeBron really owe anything to his hometown, or did he have the right to choose whatever team he wished to play for? Whichever (and whomever) side of this fiasco you are on, the Miami Heat don't deserve to be the NBA champions just yet. 

    Here are the top five reasons the Miami Heat deserve to lose the NBA finals.

5: It's Dirk's Time

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    It has been well documented this postseason that this may be Dirk's last chance to get a ring. The Heat's big three obviously will have many more opportunities to chase championships in the talent-depleted Eastern Conference.

    Dirk Nowitzki has been absolutely sensational the entire postseason and has shown that he is the best scorer in the NBA finals. In the playoffs, Dirk has averaged 28 PPG and 7.8 rebounds.

    Quite simply, Dirk doesn't need Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh by his side to win an NBA championship. Dirk Nowitzki is Batman and Robin. Dirk plays second fiddle to no one.

    The proclaimers of LeBron James' greatness (see Scottie Pippen) should take a hard look at how Dirk single-handedly brought his team back in Game 2 to win. Michael Jordan would have never let that happen, "King James," not ever. 

    Dirk stayed in Dallas to finish what he started. Dirk felt an obligation to the great fans of Dallas, Texas, while LeBron James and Chris Bosh completely disregarded the fan bases of Toronto and Cleveland.

    For that reason alone,  Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks should have the entire country (besides Miami) behind them.

4: LeBron's Mouthpiece

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    I won't even mention "The Decision" on this slide, but there are so many things to not respect about LeBron James' demeanor.

    I have been indifferent to the Miami trio (and LeBron for that matter) for the entire season, but watching James, Wade and Bosh scream at the referee's constantly has made the NBA playoffs unwatchable.

    Chris Bosh may only score one field goal in the second half, but you better believe that he is going to scream to the crowd and let every fan in the building know that he scored.

    Dwyane Wade's constant bantering of the officials and premature celebrations with his pal LeBron (yes, they were celebrating and lost in Game two) are threatening to ruin his legacy as a warrior.

    Then there is LeBron and his mouthpiece. I will leave it at this, LeBron, if you want to protect your pearly whites, that is fine, but stop chewing on the darn thing nonstop because you look ridiculous.

3: Erik Spoelstra

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    Here is something for you to watch closely in Game 4 of the NBA Finals: Eric Spoelstra is out so far on the court for the entire game that the Heat might as well be playing with six men. This may seem a little out of the ordinary, but hear me out on this one.

    I have been watching the NBA for a long time but I have never seen a coach that chooses to (and is allowed) so much access to the court. I watched a half-dozen times in the fourth quarter alone where Spoelstra was out as far the three-point line.

    Maybe Eric is just asking if his guys are okay, because we all remember when he said his guys were "crying after a loss" in the regular season. Or maybe he is just making it look like he is doing something?

    You can be assured Pat Riley was shaking his head in disapproval when the Heat blew a 15-point lead in the final six minutes of Game 2, and Eric Spoelstra did nothing to stop it. Call a play or a timeout or something, man!

    You are the coach, Eric Spoelstra, not a player, so kindly sit in your chair and let your team of superstars do whatever they want. Just like they did in Game 2.

2- Lack the Heart of a Champion

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    This slide is dedicated to the "great" Scottie Pippen.

    Mr. Pippen, please stop comparing LeBron James and the man who made you what you are (His Airness, Michael Jordan) for the following five reasons:

    1- Michael has six rings and LeBron has zero.

    2- A team with Michael Jordan on it would have never blown a 15-point lead in the NBA Finals in the final six minutes of a game.

    3- Michael Jordan defers to no one at the end of the game, especially you, Scottie Pippen.

    4- Michael Jordan doesn't need to join a team of star-studded players to win a title, because he made everyone around him exponentially better.

    5- Michael had (and still has) the heart of a champion and LeBron showed us all in Game 2 that he does not....and 49 out of the 50 states in America couldn't be happier. 

1: There's No Crying in Basketball

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    Ladies and gentlemen, the No. 1 reason why LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat deserve to lose the NBA Finals: They are making the great game of basketball look like the Barclay's Premier League.

    LeBron James is without a doubt the most gifted physical specimen the sports universe has ever seen. He is 6'8 and is 260 pounds of rock-solid muscle. He is as fast as anyone on the court and can jump out of the gym.

    LeBron is literally built like a linebacker, while being as a tall as an offensive tackle and as fast as a wide receiver.

    LeBron's partner in crime, Dwyane Wade, is known as one of the strongest guards to ever play the game. Just one glance at either of these guys' shoulders and you start to wonder if they are playing the wrong sport.

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade should be playing football. No, excuse me, they should be playing futbol.

    Two of the strongest players in the game (LeBron and Wade) continue to flop like they play for Manchester United every time they go near the hoop. Before this series started, I couldn't care less who won the NBA Finals, but after three games I have had enough.

    Every single time Wade and James take the ball to the basket (I used to think that was the point) they go flying through the air like they were on a trapeze. More times than not, the referees bite, and why wouldn't they?

    A guy that is 6'8' and 260 pounds of muscle wouldn't go flying to the ground on his own, would he? Yes sir, yes he would.

    The NBA Finals have become an unwatchable joke thanks to the flopping and dropping of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Even worse, if James or Wade do not get every single call they proceed to berate the referees up and down the court until they get their next call.

    And the announcers that are working the microphones for the games will not say a word because James and Wade are their money-making machines.

    The NBA is walking a fine line in letting two of the best physical specimens the sports world has ever seen flop to the ground at will.

    The NHL calls penalties on players that take dives and even soccer is taking measures to penalize grown men for their horrible acting skills.

    There are many fans out there that will never respect LeBron James or Chris Bosh no matter how many rings they win, because they feel that they took the easy way out.

    If they do not stop their acting (flopping) during the biggest series of their careers to date, they are about to lose a whole lot more.

    The Miami Heat may be up two games to one on the Dallas Mavericks, but they have nothing to be proud of at this point.

    They have turned the NBA Finals into the Champions League final.