It all began on the fateful day of July 7th of last year, when Dwyane Wade shunned hometown Chicago and re-signed with the Miami Heat. Soon Chris Bosh, formerly of the Toronto Raptors, signed with the Heat as well.
Then when LeBron James partially destroyed his reputation forever by announcing he was taking his talents to South Beach by doing the extremely ill-advised "Decision" the next day, the hate of the Heat began.
Not that they did anything wrong, though, except when they had a pre-NBA Finals for 2011 party, and when LeBron infamously counted how many rings the Heat would get.
Or maybe Crygate, Coughgate, or even just the fact three friends and two top-five players and one top-20 player decided to join forces and perhaps change the NBA..
Maybe I'm just being delusional.
The Miami Heat went on a roller-coaster ride many NBA teams wouldn't even think of. They had a rocky start but finished the season out strong, despite countless boos from across nearly every arena (mostly at LeBrick, shout out to Skip Bayless) and the hatred that followed.
With the NBA Finals gone and a Heat loss at the expense of the Mavericks, the Big Three are now the most hated three people in America. Why? They thought it would all be easy. Beat the teams you supposed to. Compete and win against the teams that are average, and win a few dog-fights against the NBA's best. Right? Didn't happen this past regular season, and the NBA Finals made it worse, losing to an older Mavericks team many thought would be an easy task to overcome for the NBA Finals win.
LeBron also thought it would be easy, knowing he had a scorer of Wade's caliber that would take the pressure of him in scoring and closing games out. He was wrong again, missing all of his walk-off shots in the regular season (shout out to Skip again) and going missing so much in the NBA Finals that he deserved to be on a milk carton.
Yes, I know LeBron had an outstanding series against the Celtics and Bulls closing both out simultaneously, but when the pressure was at his highest, he faded away like normal. Even odd man out Bosh outplayed him
The Heat celebrated, danced, whined to reporters, displayed high levels of arrogance and, in the end, they lost. They realized you can't buy an NBA ring no matter the talent, and also that you must put in major work for the golden hardware.
The sad thing is that the West is not only reloading for a title run with the Thunder, Spurs, Grizzlies, Lakers, and the champion Mavericks, but the Bulls are also gonna make moves to get better. The Magic (assuming Howard stays) and Hawks return as contenders. Lastly, the Celtics are poised for one final run. So the Heat pressure to win will not only rise, but the ridicule will get even worse the more times they fail to win.
It's the summer, and all the hoopla is over. Hopefully the Big Three, alongside their teammates, are in a gym, working their tails off harder than before. No championship predictions. No party. No distractions. Just straight hard work and basketball. This past season should be a season they forget and learn from.