“You don’t have the guts to be what you want to be, so you need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fingers and say that’s the bad guy, so what does that make you good?
On the verge of their playoff debut as a star ensemble the time has come for the Miami Heat to finally break out that all black on black uniform we’ve seen in team ads.
Face it folks the Miami Heat are now the “It” team in American sports. Along with the media coverage and limelight comes the ice cold chill that one feels while being loathed by the majority of NBA fans.
The New York Yankees are hated for outspending everyone in baseball in order to tilt the odds in their favor year in and year out. Still that’s not a reason to put down the Heat, after all they are currently 20th in the league when it comes to team salary. They spend about $30 million less than the Los Angeles Lakers do.
So if not money then what has caused people to gripe about it for months? Was it the Heat’s mercenary manner in which Pat Riley and Miami hijacked the most anticipated free agent summer in league history? Does the anger stems from the way in which the Heat pulled off the biggest heist ever in sports?
Since that fateful night at the Boys&Girls Club headquarters an avalanche of backlash and criticism has engulfed the Heat and their three biggest stars. For over ten months it has been open season on bashing LeBron and the Heat.
Beyond the anger over LeBron’s “Decision” and the burning jerseys there also lies a bigger reason for the hate. That of course being envy. Any basketball fan in the world would have loved for their team to have this trio but since they don’t all that is left is to try and belittle the merger of these stars.
Then a couple months after taking his talents to South Beach, we get LeBron’s Nike commercial. An ad in which he tries to tug at the understanding and empathy of fans while also trying to show that he is human and capable of making mistakes.
You guys have nothing more to apologize for. Thus stop trying to be loved and take comfort in being feared.
So what if America didn’t agree with the decision? So what if you are now viewed as some Benedict Arnold? But unlike the former colonial patriot, LeBron and the Heat have the means by which to win this war on their own.
Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James started this revolution, now they must show they can win it.They came together last June to hoist the trophy a year later. Not just this year but for all those in the foreseeable future and it all starts now.
Folks what you’re all about to witness is the coup d’etat of the NBA world as we know it. Prepare yourselves because the Heat team you will see from today on will be nothing like the one that showed flashes and glimpses of brilliance during a roller coaster regular season. Miami may have lost six out of seven games versus Boston and Chicago during the regular season but would anyone be shocked to see them sweep both in the post season? I know I wouldn’t and will go so far as to say should Miami meet up with the Celtics or Bulls that neither will go past a Game 5 or 6.
This is all about the quest for rings and writing your own history. Miami now has control of its own destiny. They may be viewed as the bad guys but since good guys finish last this may not be such a bad thing.