The NBA Finals are tipping off this week and it seems like this series will again be an instant classic that fans won’t want to miss a minute of. But while we know that fans in San Antonio are pulling for the Spurs and fans in Miami are pulling for the Heat, we don’t know who the rest of the country are rooting for.
Well, until now at least.
ESPN ran a poll to see who the rest of America is pulling for in the NBA Finals and it would appear that the Heat do not have many allies outside of Florida.
It seems that the rest of the country is stuck in 2011 as there is no conceivable way that 57 percent of the country is rooting against the Heat still. Hasn’t the whole hating LeBron for leaving Cleveland thing worn off by now, or are basketball fans just angry in general.
I’m a Bulls fan and even I’m pulling for LeBron if for nothing other than the history of what he and the Heat are trying to accomplish so if I can forgive and forget, what’s the hold up with fans who have no good reason to dislike LeBron? It’s pretty hard to fathom the hate, but folks rooting against the Heat hasn’t stopped them the last two years so it’s unlikely to do anything other than fuel the fire a third time around.