Feb 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Heat Troll LeBron James, Remove Him From Website (Photo)


The day that LeBron James opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat is still a dark day for fans in South Beach but the future hasn’t yet been destroyed as there’s still plenty of hope that he’ll return next season and sign over the summer.

Still, we have to look back at that day and realize just how mad the Heat were to have LeBron actually opt out on them as it didn’t take long for Miami to respond to LeBron’s decision to opt out with erasing his existence. As if things weren’t depressing enough that day, the Heat went full on sad face on us all and replaced not just LeBron James but also Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as well.

For the record, all three players have opted out since then and are no long part of the team.

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[Heat.com]

Udonis Haslem has also decided to opt out and both Michael Beasley and Ray Allen are likely to hit free agency this year as well. Miami has since changed their entire webpage to nothing but darkness, which is a pretty ominous thing to do at a point in time when you should be looking for as much hope as humanly possible.

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  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    Doesn’t mean anything. And I don’t think heat fans are too worried with him opting out.

  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    Pat Riley will make a great team regardless…

  • truthbetold

    What did they expect? LeBron won’t stick around for hard times. He’s going to go to whoever offers him the easiest path to a championship. If the heat can get enough help for him, then he’ll stay. It’s sad, but it’s reality.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Why would a player that can command a max salary on any team he goes to stick around on a capped out team that isn’t good enough to win? That’s like saying the Heat should be looking to give Haslem a raise because of loyalty even though he can barely play.

      • truthbetold

        To stick around, lead, and help build it back up, as opposed to being a front runner looking for the easiest path? The guy won 2 rings in a row, and he’s opting out now at the first sign of trouble. He will go to whoever can hold his hand the tightest, because for all his physical greatness, he doesn’t have the mental toughness to match it. I think it’s weak. Feel free to think whatever you want about it.

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          pfff. Jordan requested to be traded out of Chicago before they got Pippen.. Kobe demanded a trade after he ran off Shaq and Phil Jackson.

          Only for LeBron do we say that wanting good coworkers is a sign of mental weakness. And of course this ignores the fact that he will likely resign with Miami… possibly at a reduced rate.

          • truthbetold

            The difference is that Kobe had plenty of right to be mad at the organization at that time. LeBron on the other hand, is with a great organization, and he just isn’t waiting around for them to get better. Because in my opinion, he’s a front runner. If the heat can hold his hand more than anyone else, he’ll stay. If someone else makes things easier for him, he’ll jump ship again. And that’s only one example of his lack of mental toughness. He’ll probably try to couple with Carmelo this time. It really is what it is.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Seriously. Since when is intentionally locking yourself into a team with no draft picks, no young prospects, and several bad contracts mentally tough? You can call it principled. You can call it loyal. You can call it any number of things, but calling it mentally tough is bizarre.

            And again, this is ignoring that the plan was always for the big 3 to opt out this year so they could rework contracts and get a new set of role players to replace the aging veterans they had signed out of necessity.

          • truthbetold

            Bizarre in your opinion, and that’s fine with me. He stuck around for the rebuilding, and won 2 more rings. Yes, i call it an example of mental toughness. As for LeBron, we’ll see. Maybe he’ll come back to the heat, or maybe someone else will make things even easier for him. That seems to be his top priority after all. Time will tell, definitely. Take care.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            “He stuck around for the rebuilding, and won 2 more rings.” Who? Kobe? That isn’t mentally tough even by your standard! He demanded a trade!

          • truthbetold

            Get ahold of yourself. Go back and read what I said if you forgot. I said the difference was that Kobe had cause. Jim
            Buss is an idiot. If you know anything about the Lakers, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you want to call LeBron opting out after 1 down finals run after winning 2 rings him having cause, then be my guest. I really don’t care. My opinion is that it’s weak. As for Kobe, one could easily argue that the Lakers cost him years of contention. But the absolute fact is that he’s stuck around even when he probably should have left, he has never been scared, he has never choked under pressure, he’s never needed anyone to hold his hand, and he’s always
            Been a closer. Anyone who knows anything knows that the same thing absolutely cannot be said for LeBron James. Period. On that note, I’ve said all I really need to say. Nice talking to you.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            “But the absolute fact is that he’s stuck around even when he probably should have left”

            He asked to leave! He didn’t stick around by choice! That’s like saying Love chose to stick around Minnesota if they don’t trade him while ignoring the fact that he has actively tried to get them to let him go.