Miami Heat: Everyone's Favorite Team to Hate, But Is It Fair?

Mark EvansCorrespondent IIIJuly 27, 2011

MIAMI, FL - MAY 31:  Dwyane Wade #3, LeBron James #6 and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat react after the Heat defeat the Dallas Mavericks 92-84 in Game One of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on May 31, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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These days, it seems like it's pretty easy for people to be Dallas Mavericks fans. Or, really just be a fan of anyone who beats the Miami Heat. Taunting Dirk's sickness on national television probably won't help their cause.

All you have to do is turn on ESPN or talk to a sports fan to see how people view the Heat. And don't even ask about LeBron James. We all know how that conversation will go. I guess all it takes is a preseason parade and predicting seven championships for people to hate you. Weird, huh?

In all honesty, I don't spite the Heat for teaming up. Celtics fans, me included, need to understand that our team has done the same thing. I know it was a different era and different circumstances, but the Celtics have had multiple Hall of Famers on their teams in the past. And it might not have been through free agency, but isn't our team the one who put together Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen? Nobody complained about that.

That being said, Kevin Garnett didn't have an ESPN special where he announced he was leaving Minnesota. Ray Allen didn't flex his biceps at a welcome party and scream as loud as he could. Paul Pierce didn't say he was going to win seven championships. Still, they teamed up. They wanted to win. Nobody blamed them, did they?

Of course not. They were even celebrated once they finally won their championship.

All I'm asking is to be fair.

Jordan comparisons for LeBron are not fair. He never proclaimed to be Jordan, and he never will be. LeBron is a freak athlete, a physical specimen; a once in a lifetime talent. But he isn't cold-blooded in the way Jordan always was. Jordan never wanted to pass up the last shot, he never wanted to be a second option. He wanted to step on your throat, rip it out, and then tell you all about it.

Honestly, LeBron isn't like that. He's different.

LeBron is more of a Magic Johnson. Great passer, great court vision with size that is hard to match up against.

But, this just in, they are a very good team. There are times where they can't be beaten, and it's frightening. They're going to be like this for years to come as they become more acquainted to playing with each other. I would be shocked if they don't win at least one championship.