Midway through last season it appeared the disdain for the Miami Heat road show had worn off, if ever so slightly. The progression was synonymous with the entertainment value of LeBron James filling the center lane, changing direction on a quarter, then setting up Dwyane Wade for the one-handed finish.
It was certainly weird, however, when half of the crowd would boo No. 6 when he walked the ball into the forecourt, but then it seemed the same contingent would smile in agreement as he stuffed the stat sheets on a nightly basis. The control of emotion, I attest.
Still, the Heat press staff cannot rest on its laurels with the uncertain downtime. Disdain sells productively, but the main personalities of the Heat would certainly prefer ovations to the once-familiar cascade of scoffs on any night.
I have a few ideas.