NBA Commentary: Why I Want the Miami Heat to Fail In Their Quest For Another Title.

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The Miami Heat.

I think that Miami's basketball team, the Miami Heat, are the perfect name for what I'm going to discuss in this article. I know for a fact that I'm probably going to catch a ton of heat for my views in this article. However, since I'm a passionate sports fan like many others, I think it's fitting for me to get my views out there; even though this particular view probably isn't the most popular one.

As you can probably no doubt tell from the title, this article deals with my dislike for the defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat. Now I do realize that there are a lot of Miami Heat fans out there, and I will admit that I was once a fan of theirs as well. However, that was back in the late 90's and early 2000's. Remember back when the Heat had players like Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning, Jamal Mashburn, and P.J. Brown. I always enjoyed those rivalries they had with the New York Knicks back then.

The current Miami Heat team has pretty much dominated the NBA since winning the title last season. They ran off a 27 game winning streak during the regular season, and they finished the regular season with the best record in the league. They easily disposed of the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs and after suffering a loss to the Chicago Bulls in game one of the second round, the Heat went on to close out the depleted Bulls team. Tonight starts the Eastern Conference finals, which finds the Heat pitted against a talented but young Indiana Pacers team. The Heat are easily favored to win this series as well, and go back to the NBA Finals.

Me personally, I want to see the Heat fail in their quest for a second championship. I know this isn't a popular viewpoint, but that's how I feel. I'm going to lay out the reasons why I don't care for the current Miami Heat team.

The LeBron James Factor.

Just like in various aspect of life, the landscapes of sports is constantly changing and evolving. Players(especially these days), are constantly changing out different uniforms like they're changing their socks and shoes. We're all aware that money is a driving force in professional sports, but it seems that many athletes today care more about money than their own legacies.

When NBA superstar LeBron James announced that he was taking his talents to South Beach in the summer of 2010, the decision was met with excitement, anger, and criticism. Obviously excitement came from Miami Heat fans, who were looking forward to Miami being a championship contender once again. On the other hand, many Cleveland Cavalier fans weren't too thrilled that James, who is a native of Akron, Ohio chose to leave the organization that drafted him with the number 1 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.

Now since this is an opinion topic, you're probably wondering where I stood on the whole 'The Decision' TV special on ESPN. Well, I thought it was a joke. What a surprise right? I just personally didn't see the point of it. I know that LeBron James is the most popular player in the league, but did he really need a TV special to announce where he was going next? I also don't feel like Cleveland fans should have been too surprised with James' decision to leave. It was reported that James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh had discussed the possibility of playing together. The fact that the special and hype was even displayed should have been a sign that LeBron James wasn't going to stick around in Cleveland.


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'The Big Three'.

When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwayne Wade in Miami, the Heat instantly became the team to beat by default. I thought this was weird, especially since they had yet to even play together. Nobody knew how they would mesh together. They were quickly given the moniker 'The Big Three', and a run of multiple championships was arrogantly predicted by James. Now before I go any further, I want to state that I think LeBron James is an extremely talented player. I give him all the credit in the world for his talents. In my opinion, LeBron lacks patience.

The NBA that I grew up with, and loved watching during the 80's and 90's obviously doesn't exist anymore. Back then, franchises drafted players and built their teams up that way. Superstar players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson made their teammates better. In those days rivalries existed, and meant something to the players and the fans. Even the competition was more fierce in those days. Players stayed with franchises longer, and some stayed with one team their entire career. The good ole days of the NBA; those days are obviously long gone.

Could you have imagined what the NBA would have been like if Jordan, Magic, and Bird got together and said lets get together so we can win a championship? It just wasn't a plausible idea back in those days. However, in today's era of basketball, these types of things happen. When you get three of the best players in the league such as James, Wade, and Bosh together, it's going to be difficult for any team to beat them. Remember how 'The Dream Team' of 1992 blew out everyone they played? It's almost like that, but that was under different circumstances.

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Arguments for LeBron James Departure, and 2013 NBA Title Chances.

One of the arguments I've heard in defense of LeBron James is that he didn't have any help when he was in Cleveland. If I remember correctly, didn't LeBron James lead the Cavaliers to the NBA playoffs 6 times out of his seven seasons in Cleveland? Oh yea, don't forget about the appearance in the NBA Finals in 2007. Although the Cavaliers didn't get over the hump and obtain an NBA title with James at the helm, they obviously only needed a few more pieces to get there. However, instead of sticking it out, he chose what I considered to be the easy way out leaving and going to Miami.

The Miami Heat have done extremely well since the James and Bosh joined the team. I won't take that away from them. In their first season together, the Big Three went to the NBA Finals, losing to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. The following season, James led the Heat past the Oklahoma City Thunder to win his first championship. Along with the finals trophy, James earned the NBA Finals MVP award. Now what is considered greatness is in the eye of the beholder, and peoples opinions vary on what they consider great. Do I consider LeBron James a talented player? Absolutely! However, I would respect his greatness more if the preserved with the Cavaliers.

It's hard betting against the Miami Heat winning a second straight title this year. I know that I'm going to be called a Miami Heat hater, but I would love nothing more than to see those championship hopes dashed for them. It's nothing personal, but It's hard for me to be in the corner of a team that I consider arrogant regardless of how good they are. I'll give them their props if they do win the title, but they still have a lot to prove in my opinion.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeBron_James

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decision_(TV_special)

http://www.nba.com/standings/team_record_comparison/conferenceNew_Std_Cnf.html


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Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Interesting hub. I agree with some points, but disagree with others. First, I pretty much share the same opinion about the nature of the NBA business and how sour it was for LeBron to walk out of Cleveland in favor of a more "favorable" team to accomplish his goals; a "super team", if you may. However, it is foolish to assume that the business could maintain the level of team "integrity" or "loyalty", for lack of better words, that it had yesterday. Because it's a business, a job for everyone involved. Be it the general managers that swiftly trade players back and forth, or the player that jumps around looking for the right fit. There's no romance anymore, and there's no way to change that.

Another thing I agree with is a general "dislike" of LeBron, but mostly because he has spent most of his career behaving like a conceited, spoiled child who thinks he deserves everything in a silver plate. And that's the product of a gifted athlete that was groomed from high school into becoming a superstar. So, in a way, it's not entirely his fault, but of the media and the marketing machine behind him.

Finally, despite my general dislike of LeBron and "superteams" overall, I have to give credit to the Heat. Mostly because, after a shaky first season with the Big Three and a failed trip to the Finals, since last year's Finals they've begun playing like a real team; like a well-oiled machine that also gives room for other players to shine (i.e. Mike Miller in last year's Finals, Shane Battier all throughout). I don't necessarily agree with the way they were built, or the attitude of their players, but they really are a great team, and as much as I dislike him, LeBron is really one of the best basketball players that has played the game.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Thief12, Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad that you can see some of my points. I already expected there to be people who disagreed with me on others. As far as the points you made, I know and realize that the business will never have the integrity that it once had. Like I said in the hub, the landscape is constantly changing. However, that doesn't mean that I don't hope or would like to see some of it back.

I don't really dislike LeBron James. I give him a lot of credit for his talents. He is truly a unique player. I just could respect him more if he would've stuck it out with the Cavs. From what I've heard recently, there is a chance that he could end up going back. He was so desperate for that championship, and he got it.

I give the Heat credit for winning the title. I just wish they weren't so arrogant. They still have a lot to prove in my eyes though. Just my two cents. Thanks for reading.


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Alphadogg16 3 years ago from Texas

I am definitely with you on this one Prospect boy, I can not stand the Heat as well. Actually I think it should be the Big 2 & a half, Chris Bosh is grossly over rated. The Heat's speed is what makes them so hard to match up against, any team with athletic big men that can score in the paint will give the Heat problems. The Pacers have that ability to pound them in the paint.


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ssmith1534 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Prospectboy, you are a man after my own heart because I'm not a big fan of the Heat myself. It's not just their attitudes, but also the media butt kissing that goes on at every game. The first game against the Bulls in the playoffs, the media announcers said the Heat had too much time off in-between rounds, which was why they lost. When they do the reviews at the end of the game and the Heat lose, it's not "X team wins" it's "Miami loses to X." They treat the Heat as if no one else is good or deserves to win. And I can't stand that. So many teams and players are looked over for the "Miami machine" and it's just not fair. They are beatable, and can lose the championship to a more talented and exceptional team. Will it happen this year? I'm not sure. But I'm holding out hope another team puts them in check. :-)


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Amen, prospectboy. I am not a fan of the Heat either. Last night's game hurt. I hated seeing the smug looks on their faces after winning in OT by one point (Ouch!). But the Pacers gave them a nice run for their money. I hope they can keep up the "pace" and capitalize on their talent.

I agree with your opinions about how the NBA has changed, not so different from the NFL. Gone are the days of the Detroit Pistons, Portland Trailblazers, and the New York Knicks. Real Teams.

It was unbelievable in 2010 how the media fed into LeBron's already inflated ego with that TV special. What? Really? Ugh.

Anyway, great hub, well done, voted up and interesting.


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

I'll draw a parallel, using baseball. Alex Rodriguez was destined to be, arguably, the greatest franchise player in Seattle Mariners history. He very well could have been, and the team very well could have won a championship. This is all conjecture, of course, but one thing's for sure. When he accepted that amazing contract with the Texas Rangers, the love and devotion from the fans fell to the wayside, and he lost a lot of credibility and respect. It may have been a great business decision, but the harm that came from the Great Disillusionment was even greater and longer-lasting. Gone are the loyalty first days of Larry Byrd, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan. What this has meant for me, my friend, is a gravitation more towards collegiate sports. I'll always be a diehard Seattle Mariners and Seahawks fan, and I hope to live long enough to see either or both teams win a championship...but at least I know they're made up of blue collar players and NOT the dream team BS that seems to be plaguing professional sports in recent decades. Thank you for doing a well-balanced presentation of your point of view, Brad. I love and respect your respectful ways. Aloha!

Joe


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

I agree with your point about the 80s - 90s when all-star, franchise players would built a team around them. I think it made the league more competitive as more teams were allowed to have a title shot.

When it comes to LeBron - Cavs and 'the decision' though, I think that Cavs had a chance to build a really competitive team and they throw it away so naturally LeBron preferred to leave.

I don't like the 'Big Three' concept or the Miami but, in my opinion, Lakers have done - almost - the same (obviously with Stern's approval) with Gasol's and recently Howard's cases.

I hope that Spurs will have the strength to win the title this year although I realize it is very hard due to their best players being quite aged but that would be the best way to celebrate the 'end of days' of the most successful team of the 00s.


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EJ Lambert 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

You're not alone in wanting them to fail. It's simply because they represent everything that is wrong with NBA free agency. The way the system is set up, a single player can simply recruit others to his cause because teams are only allowed to play by contract levels. Whereas in the NFL teams are allowed to pay a player whatever they want but according to a hard salary cap.

So in terms of the NBA players can pick and choose where they want to go simply because it's a team with a great location i.e. Miami, Los Angeles, New York and they get to join forces with guys they want to play with. Meanwhile teams like OKC who do it right by building through the draft continue to fall short against these purchased roster teams. That's why I'm pulling for Indiana or the Spurs to win. They've done it right.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Alphadogg16, Hey there man. Glad that you agree with me on this subject. I've heard a lot of people say exactly what you said in regards to the 'Big Three', and how Chris Bosh is overrated. Like you, I think that a team with solid big men can beat Miami. The Pacers can do it, but I think that loss the other night took a lot of out of them. They had a perfectly good opportunity to steal that one. Lets see what happens tonight. Thanks for taking out the time to read this man. I appreciate it a lot!


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@ssmith1534, Hey there Sam! I haven't seen you on here in quite awhile. Glad to see you back, and thank you so much for the sincere words. I think that you brought up an interesting and very true point about how the media coverage of the Miami Heat. Due to LeBron James' popularity, the media's love affair with the Heat has been ridiculously out of control.

Like you mentioned, so many teams take a backseat to the Heat, and you're absolutely right about that. They are a very beatable team. The Mavericks proved that in the 2011 finals, and I think that a healthy Chicago Bulls team could have beaten them. Indiana has the talent to beat them, but they're lacking youth, which showed in game 1 a few nights ago. They had a perfectly good chance to steal a game from them, and they let it slip out of their hands.

I'm a San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, and Houston Rockets fan. Naturally I'm pulling for the Spurs since they're the only one left out of the three. Like you, I'm holding out hope that someone can knock them off. Thanks again for viewing. I love a woman that enjoys sports :)


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@janshares, Hello there ma'am. Glad that you share in my sentiments about the Miami Heat. I'm with you all the way about game 1. That really did hurt. I was shocked when LeBron James drove to the basket, and scored the game winning layup with no time left on the clock. I think that the coach made a mistake taking Roy Hibbert out of the game. They had no big men around the basket at the end.

Professional sports really isn't the same anymore. I enjoyed watching sports in my youth and teen years more than I do now. There are extremely too many bandwagon fans out there that follow players, rather than teams. The entire special with LeBron James was an absolute joke. I just can't get with how the NBA is now. Okay I'm done ranting lol. Thank you so much for providing your feedback. I always find it impressive when women know a lot about sports. Best wishes!


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@hawaiianodysseus, Hey there my good friend Mr. Joe. Aloha to you good sir! I definitely remember when A-Rod made the decision to go to the Rangers. Since I'm a Rangers fan, I was happy that he made that choice at the time. Unfortunately though, I don't think he was ever really happy in the Lone Star State. Like you mentioned, it was a good move for him from a financial standpoint, but he indeed lost a lot of credibility with that move.

I can't agree with you more about how loyalty doesn't exist in professional sports anymore, or at least it seldom does exist. I would give LeBron James a lot more respect and credit if he would've won a championship with the Cavaliers. I give him credit though, he bought himself a championship, and I guess he deserves credit for being a champion. I just feel like real champions endure hard times, and his arrogant attitude hasn't helped in my liking of him.

I really can't blame you for gravitating more towards college sports. You're not the first person that I've heard say that in recent years, and it's definitely understandable why. I'm always happy to read your comments, and thank you very much for sharing your viewpoints. It's always appreciated good sir. All the best to you! See you in the next hub :)


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Mike Robbers, Thanks a lot for your agreement. Watching the NBA in my childhood during the late 80's through the 90's was one of my favorite things to do. The athletes back then weren't as great as they are now, but the competition was way more fierce.

The Cavaliers definitely had the potential to win a championship. They only needed a few more pieces in my opinion. Since James left, they've had to start over, and I can see them being a force in the future because of the draft picks they've gotten in recent years.

As you mentioned, the Lakers tried the same thing as the Heat, and it backfired on them. I don't see them recovering from it anytime soon either. The San Antonio Spurs are my favorite team, so naturally I'm pulling for them to win. I think a championship would be the perfect ending for Tim Duncan to step away from the game. Thanks a lot for your feedback. I appreciate it.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@EJ Lambert, Hey there. Glad you share in my hopes of Miami failing to win another title. I think you bring up a very important and truthful topic in regards to how free agency is in the NBA now. The majority of the primed players in the league now are spoiled, and don't believe in enduring in order to win championships. I like that term 'purchased roster teams' lol. That's a great way to describe them. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.


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EJ Lambert 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

Happy to!


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago

I thought you brought up a lot of valid points. however, another argument that i've heard people made for lebron james is that he has a right to go to whatever team he chooses to, and that it's really no different from when any of other player chooses to sign with another player. to be fair, they're right to an extent that lebron does retain the right to play for whoever he wants to be with. i have no issue with that.

it's how he did it which disgusts me. for starters if he knew that he wasn't going to stay in cleveland (as i don't buy that bulls*** he gave people about now knowing what his choice was until the last minute, as i firmly believe he knew he wasn't going to resign with them from the start.), then I firmly believe he should've just told cleveland fans and their organization at the beginning of free agency that he wasn't coming back. that way the cavs could've started using the money they were saving to resign james, to go after other players instead. however, he waited until last minute to tell them, after most of the free agents were signed on to other teams.

Granted, it was his choice, but it's the way he did that disgusts me. Plus, that whole "decision" nonsense that fans of his claim was really a generous thing because all the proceeds go to charity. Yea, but he could've easily have donated the same amount of money to that same said charity. the reality is he used that charity to cover up the fact that he just wanted to do something big to appease his own ego.

Plus, as one person mentioned here earlier, Lebron was anointed the next michael jordan back when he was in high school, and people were telling him already he was going to be the best player ever. unlike lebron james, jordan wasn't favored to be the best player ever coming out of high school, as jordan had to prove that over time. however, lebron never once had to prove it, as he was named the best player in the nba before he was even drafted out of high school.

therefore, im sure in his mind he probably felt that any reason why the cavs didn't win a title had nothing to do with him. however, i have heard some people say that if lebron was pulling this wishy washy crap to where he never guaranteed cleveland anything during his final year with them, then they should've traded him to get something at least. that's true, but im guessing they were hoping that he would resign with them.

i personally don't have a problem with lebron james, as i think he's the best player in the nba today. however, i just don't like HOW he did it, as that part really disgusts me. and it's very insulting that when miami's big three got together, the media boasted how they were going to shatter the bulls' record of 72 wins in a season before they even played one freaking game together.

first of all, nobody predicted the bulls big 3 back then were going to win that many games. it just happened. second of all, jordan and the rest of his crew played every game like it was their last, which made them very entertaining the watch. hell, they even played that way throughout the regular season, so of course they were going to amass that many games.

whereas the heat, they didn't play that way, and lets be honest, most coaches and teams aren't going to want to break that record because they value the option of resting players more throughout the season in favor of guaranteeing that their players will have fresh legs for the playoffs. in fact, even veterans of today feel that rest is better than trying to shatter that record, so i found the whole notion of espn and other sport sources saying that miami would shatter that record to be not only laughable, but also kind of insulting to the bulls. the heat are not that team, and i honestly don't give a damn what anyone says. that 90s bulls team would've beaten the crap out of the current heat team of today.

plus i don't think lebron would've lasted one game back in the 80s and 90s though because one thing i noticed about him is if you can get inside his head, then he tends to lose his cool a lot to where he'll play lousy. therefore, if he played against the bulls back in the 90's with rodman on the team. i think rodman would've had a field day getting inside his head. plus i can imagine the bad boy pistons of the 80s would've loved to have smacked lebron down a few times.

however, if the heat win this year, i wouldn't care, but i think the spurs will sweep them if you want me to be honest.


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ssmith1534 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Stevennix2001, you said it all! I'm with you, and I'm hoping the Spurs win it all too!!! :-)


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Stevennix2001, Thank you very much for your very detailed and thorough response. There isn't much that you said that I don't agree with. I don't care that LeBron chose to leave Cleveland, but like you, I didn't like all of the hype behind it. I really do believe that Cleveland fans thought that he was coming back. I think that's why they reacted the way they did. LeBron had no intention on going back to Cleveland. This was all planned out.

I also agree with you that the Bulls teams would've beaten Miami. Miami doesn't have any solid rebounders or big men. The Bulls had multiple seven footers during their championship runs. LeBron James is a gifted and talented player. I give him credit for that. However, I don't respect his method of buying a championship. The current Miami Heat team wasn't built up through drafting and trades. It was done strictly through free-agency.

I think the Spurs will beat them as well, and that's if the Heat can survive game 7 on Monday. The Spurs are my favorite team, and I would love nothing more than to see them be the ones to take down Miami. It'll be sweet if the Pacers do it, but even sweeter if it's the Spurs. Thanks again for your detailed response. I appreciate it.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@ssmith1534, Me too. They won it all in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007. It's an odd numbered year, so hopefully that plays to their favor.


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jeolmoz2 2 years ago from Florida, USA

Voted up & share...old skool #HeatNation here...did grow up watching Philadelphia 76ers, but I remember day became #HeatNation member...Fight broke out between the New York Knicks & Miami Heat players...during the brawl Jeff VanGundy was latched on to Alonso Mourning's leg like a little puppy hahaha...after that fight I became a fan & been following them since...@propectstay good job


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prospectboy 2 years ago from Texas Author

@jeolmoz2, Thanks for the vote and share! I actually used to like the Miami Heat during the late 90's and early 2000's, and I remember that brawl that you mentioned. Classic stuff there! Anyway, I had become tired of all the bandwagon hype when LeBron James decided to "take his talents to South Beach." I guess those fans now are going to become Cavalier fans now. I can't get with it lol. Thanks again for stopping by.

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