Friday, June 3, 2011

Forget About LeBron, Just Enjoy These Finals

Giving it your all. Doing what ever is necessary, but while within the rules, to win. Sacrificing personal accomplishments for the accomplishments of a team. Those are some of the traits that are needed to make up a championship winner, and those are all treats of the Miami Heat. Yet, everyone hates them, even though all that they are doing is trying to win. Isn't that the point of sports? Isn't that why people compete?

The Miami Heat are unlike any other team, in fact, they may be better than some. You could name more than a handful of teams in the NBA that don't seem to try their hardest to win an NBA title each and every season, but the Miami Heat are a team that is doing their best for the gold. Yet, they are the most hated team in the league.

Clearly, most if not all of that hatred stems out of LeBron James and the way that he handled his decision to leave Cleveland and to go Miami. It was misguided, it was a slap in the face to Cleveland, and it was in some ways downright evil. For that reason, I think the fans of Cleveland have every right to hate LeBron and I see no problem with them rooting for the Mavericks, and basically rooting against the Heat at every turn. Kind of the same way that Packers fans (well, the smart ones anyway) rooted against Favre when he left Green Bay. But one of the key differences between the situations is that while Packers fans hated the Dongslinger, the rest of America was still on his side. With LeBron, absolutely no one outside of Miami seems to like him, in fact they despise him in a way that is usually reserved for mass murderers and the antagonists in Die Hard movies.

Personally, as I wrote about the other day, I don't mind the Heat. In fact, the universal hatred of them has made me start to like them. And yes, I am rooting for them to win the series. But I also want to see the Mavericks win a Finals, and this might be their last chance. They have been so good for so long, and it's not hard to get behind a guy like Dirk Nowitzki. Right now, and I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but the main reason that I'm rooting for the Heat is that I don't like that the main reason people like Dallas is because they don't like the heat. If you're going to root for Dallas, root of them because you like Dirk, you like Mark Cuban, you like Jason Terry, you like Jason Kidd, you're from the area, etc.... But not just in spite of a team that is doing their best to win a championship. LeBron, Wade, and Bosh coming together isn't taking the easy way out to win a championship, as there is no easy way to a championship.

I say, unless you're a true and true Mavericks fan, or a diehard Heat supporter, let's just sit back and relax and enjoy this series. I know people still find it trendy to rag on the NBA, but we've had two pretty quality games played so far, and this is the highest quality of basketball in the world. Let's just enjoy the hell out of this thing, and hope it goes seven.

At which point, we will go all out rooting for the Miami Heat.


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