Heat Check: The 4 Biggest Misconceptions About the 2011 Miami Heat

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Heat Check: The 4 Biggest Misconceptions About the 2011 Miami Heat
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Never has there been an NBA season like the 2010-2011 Miami Heat campaign.  There have been many controversial teams, going back to the Bad Boy's teams in Detroit and the ready to rumble Knicks of the mid 90's.  There were the unstoppable Bulls that dominated a decade.  Never, however, has there been a team that has garnered so much attention as the team that came together in Dade County this past year.

Perennial all-stars Lebron James and Chris Bosh made the decision to leave their respective franchises to team up with Dwayne Wade in Miami and fans went ballistic.  In order to comply with NBA salary cap rules and to obtain the necessary supporting pieces to compete for a ring, the each player took less money than they were offered to on the open market. This moved infuriated fans and made the Miami Heat one of the most hated teams in recent history.

The season was seen as both a success to some and a failure to others.  On one hand, the Heat took the won 58 games in the regular season, taking the Atlantic division and earning the second seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.  They won the Eastern conference and were heavily favored against a surprisingly good Dallas Mavericks squad, led by former MVP Dirk Nowitzki.  Their good fortune ended there, however, losing to Dallas in six games.

The frenzy created by the Heat this season seems to have cause a backlash against the teams and it's players.  Fans and detractors fueled by emotion bash the the big three and their teammates.  Some is true, some is false.  Let's uncover the true about the Miami Heat.


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