Miami Heat: 5 Reasons the Hate Should Finally Come to an End
It's that time of year again. Fall is just around the corner, and that means a new basketball season filled with promise and hope. For some fans, the painful loss their team suffered last season is about to be avenged with new-found strength and resolve. For others, a promising draft pick or trade could be the spark that their rebuilding club needs to achieve new heights. However, many other fans are still resorting to hating the Miami Heat.
Currently, the fans are being prevented from enjoying the excitement that arises in the weeks before an NBA season due to the lockout. However distant an agreement may seem, there is still the feeling that once basketball returns to our lives there will be much to be excited about.
I believe that when that day comes, it should not only remove the lockout from our minds but the hate towards the Heat as well.
Here's why I think the Heat-hate is on its last leg and should finally come to an end.
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
LeBron James was the heart and soul of Cleveland in regards to both the Cavaliers and the city itself. Leaving for Miami, or rather the manner in which he left, left scars that are still stinging his hometown fans to this day.
That's completely understandable.
However, even after all he did to hurt the Cavs fans, they seemed to have had the last laugh when LeBron could not lead Miami to a title this past season.
Once another year of basketball rolls around, the Cavs fans will likely be focused on their two top five draft picks to take their team out of the NBA basement again.
Sure, they will still hate LeBron like any fan would feel if their star player took his talents elsewhere, but the worst of it seems to be past them. Cleveland should now turn to their young core of players and look to the future of Cleveland basketball, not to the past and what could have been.
It's Not You It's Me
Be honest with yourself for a second: You hate LeBron, not the Heat.
Even if you're a die-hard Mavericks fan, you feel satisfied avenging the 2006 loss after this past year. No one can deny the electrifying talent that D-Wade possesses, and it's hard to dislike him, even after he completely destroys your favorite team.
That being said, the hatred towards the Miami Heat from fans that seemingly have no reason to feel that way should subside once they realize their feelings are geared towards LeBron himself and not his team.
You disapprove of how LeBron left Cleveland? So do I. Doesn't mean that you should rag on the Heat every chance that you get. You think LeBron didn't play as well as he should have during the finals? I hear, but so what? Get over it.
If your team gets beat by the Heat and their star talent, then you can be upset about it and rightfully so. But the hate on them because you heard a semi-funny LeBron-bashing joke? Come on.
We Now Know the Heat Aren't Perfect
Everyone has that same person in their class or workplace at some point in life: the perfect one. Simply because he's smarter, more popular, better at sports, etc. than you, you can't stand the sight of him.
Before last season, the Heat were the smarter/cooler/more athletic guys in the NBA, and everyone hated them for it.
Looking back at the season now, we know that the Heat aren't superhuman and can be beaten. The Mavericks brought them down a little to everyone's level from their lofty heights and made them seem just like any other NBA finalist from recent memory.
They have their own issues to iron out and aren't being handed trophies every year, so there's less of a reason to hate what they did in the offseason.
Just think about Batman: he doesn't have super powers, he's just a rich guy who's a badass. Once we know he can be hurt he isn't as lofty any more and is much more awesome.
They Really Earned Their Spot in the Finals
Contrary to the preseason predictions, Miami did not beat the Bulls' best record of 72-10, and they didn't all average 30 points per game or sweep through all 16 playoff games.
In October and November of last year, Miami went 10-8 with losses against the Celtics, Pacers and Grizzlies, among others. Once December rolled around, the Heat got their act together and went on a tear.
Miami won 20 of its next 21 games, with that single loss coming at the hands of the Mavericks, who won the game by two points.
Miami could have let their entire season continue in mediocrity, but they came together as a team and won enough games to reach the Finals and put up a fight against Dallas.
Any reasons for hating Miami after their preseason parade should be gone based on the fact that the Heat are simply a solid team who fought their way into the finals just like any team could have. Like them or not, they didn't snap their fingers and land in the Finals.
It's Seriously Getting Old
Okay, I get it. You hate the Heat.
Good for you.
But let's be honest here, it's getting old.
You're a Cleveland resident who hates how LeBron left? That's reasonable, but it's not like he had anything to work with while he was a Cavalier.
You're a Bulls/Celtics/76ers fan who is bummed about losing 4-1 to the Heat? I hate to break it to you, but this isn't driveway ball against your little brother where you win every time. Sometimes your team loses in the playoffs. It happens.
You're a Raptors fan who misses Bosh? Trust me, you have your own problems to focus on.
You're a (insert NBA team name here) fan? What's your deal? Jealous LeBron didn't come play for your team? Or do you not want another Eastern Conference team to stop your team from winning the championship? Either way, it's no reason to incessantly hate on the Heat.