The Miami Heat have the support of no one. Except for the fans down on South Beach that have been following the team for the past couple months, no one in America wants Miami to win it all.

It all really stems from LeBron James. When Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade announced they were going to sign with the Heat last summer, no one really cared. James had his "The Decision" television special and drove a stake through the heart of Cleveland by announcing on national TV that he was leaving, then there was this whole debacle.

I get it if you hate the Heat because of the latter video, but don't tell me it's because of "The Decision" and LeBron's betrayal of Cleveland. Nobody cares about Cleveland. LeBron was a free-agent, he could go wherever he liked and he had that right. Unless you're a Cavaliers fan, LeBron's decision to leave that boring city should not upset you.

Lastly, people harp on LeBron for being an ego-maniac for having a television show about where he'll sign. Come on. Every superstar athlete is an arrogant egomaniac and you'd be lying to yourself if you thought otherwise.

There's only one major reason why fans from Boston and all around the country hate the team that was formed in Miami over the summer and it has nothing to do with hating James personally or feeling bad for Cleveland.

In his latest BS report podcast, Bill Simmons had Ric Bucher on as a guest and Simmons described LeBron's decision to join the Heat in a way that sums up the reason why I don't like the Heat and the actual reason why I think America is so against them.

Simmons basically says it's like if you were playing pick up basketball with your friends and LeBron was on one team and Wade was on the other and LeBron just kept losing. So eventually LeBron says well why don't me and Wade be on the same team and everyone's like, 'well that's not fair'.

That's exactly it. People don't like LeBron's decision because it's not fair. During the season all of the NBA experts, bloggers and fans were trying to say the Heat were a flawed team. That it's not enough to have two of the top three players in the league, that they need a real team like the Celtics or Bulls.

Well, guess what? The Heat beat both of those teams in five and they did it with pretty much two players (yeah, I basically don't count Bosh).

Two players, when they are as good as LeBron and Wade, are all you need in this league. Why? Because you only play five players at a time! It's basketball. The Heat's top two are way above the next team's top one.

In football, let's say you build a team with a big three of Peyton Manning, Larry Fitzgerald and Ray Lewis. That team's not guaranteed to win a title. There's so many other players that figure into that sport. In baseball, you have nine hitters. Even if you had Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki on the same team you're not guaranteed to win a title. In basketball you are.

I've been rooting for a Mavericks - Heat finals throughout the entire playoffs (that is, if the Celtics couldn't advance). Aside from the great redemption and revenge story for Dallas, I think this match up is the perfect test of two extremely different basketball philosophies. The Mavericks have a star player in Dirk, but they succeed on team work and excellent ball movement. They have a great cast of role players (Terry, Barea, Peja) to surround Dirk and Kidd. They're not the most talented team in the world but they play the game right, as a team.

The Heat on the other hand have two players that could very likely be the best two in the entire league. That's pretty much all there is to it. Talent versus Team.

In a way it was cheating when the Heat banded together like they did. That's why America hates them. Not because they care about Cleveland but because they care about their own teams. The window for anyone but Miami to win a championship is closing. If Miami wins this year? With the crap team they have around them? With the fact looming that this team will only get better as Pat Riley adds better role players? Look out.

Like Simmons said, if you were playing pickup and two of your friends were far better athletes than anyone else. Obviously you would split them on different teams, it's only fair. Then, if they decided to team up and just beat the crap out of everyone else and celebrate and be extremely arrogant about it you'd be pissed. That's whats happening with the Miami Heat. That's why everyone hates them. They cheated.

Michael Saver 5/28/2011 09:34:00 AM Edit
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  1. kibitzer says:

    problem is the bandwagon fans don't see that way. s***, 85% of them didn't root for the team during the 07-08 season when miami went 15-67... it's a big joke really and the finals will be the biggest one of them. with cuban at odds with stern and the rumor of nike bribing the nba to let the queen win a title before they go to a billion dollar promotion in china... it really is a joke. expect biased officiating throughout... america might not like the heat but several bandwagon fans throughout the whole world think that they are the greatest ever. it's not envy i feel, it's nauseating disgust.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great comment ...well said

  3. Anonymous says:

    it is well known all around the web sites that stern wants Miami to win it all.i bet showboat crawford will be one of the refs. and he loves the Heat.i am rooting for the Mavs to win it all. Dirk really deserves to win it.Miami has got big heads and don't deserve it that's for sure maybe next year but the celtics will be back.stronger then ever.Let's Go Mavs i can't wait to watch them kick Miami asses.

  4. alscorcho says:

    good post mike, interesting reading

    though not sure you can discount bosh, i dislike him as much as the others, but he has been posting decent numbers in the playoffs

  5. Anonymous says:

    I expect bull crap call throughout all the game. Look for a key Player in Dallas to get ejected when the game is close, just like the ejection of Paul Pierce in game 1, when he was heating up.
    Stern and the refs will stop at nothing to let the 3 of them win.
    With that said, I am temporarily band-wagoning to the Dallas Mavericks
    Go Dirk and the Mavs


  6. Interesting article. A couple of things I would like to say:

    1. I'm not surprised that you 'basically didn't count Bosh..'. No one really does. He is just another player on that squad. He isn't a top tier power foward like Dirk, KG, Stoudemire, Gasol, etc - meaning he doesn't put fear into his opposing PF. He has been very much overrated since joining the Heat. Not taking everything away from him. He is obviously an All Star PF, but ya know what I mean..

    2: I know we ALL hate the Lakers, but I really don't think LeBron and Wade are better basketball players than Kobe Bryant. (Imho).

    3: I like how you said people don't hate the Heat cause LeBron left Cleveland - cause I mean, who ever REALLY LIKED Cleveland? 80% of those (previous) Cleveland fans ditched the Cavs when LeBron signed elsewhere. True fans, they are. -_-

    W/all my jibber jabber being out of the way, I would like to say - GO MAVS! lol

  7. I hate all the fouls they get called. If i was the league office after he got flopped and got that foul called on Rose and it shows him winking...i would have fined him idc how much just fine him so he would quit doing it every fuckin game. That foul could have very much won the game for the bulls...they only lost by 3 you know.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I Think all of us as Basketball fans, should start a petition online, requesting Stern to step down. He is like a dictator ruling the NBA. If you watch college ball you don't see the refs making the same mistakes as in the NBA. It is so obvious, look at those free throw numbers. I say enough of Stern and his ruling, we need new blood. The NBA needs to be fun for everyone, may the best team win!

  9. Anonymous says:


    The RefBA... where rigged happens...

  10. Anonymous says:

    You are forgetting that the Celtics traded for KG aka The Franchise and Ray Allen the best 3 point shooter in the history of the NBA to join Paul Pierce, one of the best scorers in the NBA to "bring back the glory of the Celtics" plus they had Rondo. They also called them the big three. So...hahaha. This article is HYPOCRITYCAL. God ppl get over it. Awesome you used the childish example bcz this is childish. Get over it the celtics are done for the next 4 seasons.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic analysis - exactly how I feel. People were actually reacting to how LeBron's 'Decision' was affecting their team.

  12. Manu says:

    The refs need to be accounted responsible for their mistakes! It's a shame that they are allowed to make bad calls that pretty much decide a whole season! BTW, if WE broke Wade's arm like he did with Rondo they'd be screaming and crying and saying how dirty we play....but obviously Mr. Wade wasn't even called for a foul on that....

  13. Anonymous says:

    So they always count the fouls they make against the heat. Like the ones rondo was getting away with against lebron?

  14. Anonymous says:

    For the Record Rondo pulled Wade awway from him while wade had his back against rondo. As he fell wade held on to him and dumbass rondo forgot how to take a fall without breaking his arm.

    Are you all 10 years old?

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is the most biassed forum Ive been in. I love the Celtics but im not from the US and i got to say the NBA fans turn the sport into a circus.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree. This is the biggest load of crap I've ever read? This isnt the play ground or some pick up basketball game it's the NBA! The goal is to win a championship, that's what every kid dreams about so why wouldn't Lebron go to the team that gave him the best opportunity! And there is no conspiracy! Stop complaining, the Celtics did it with thier "big 3" in 2008, let the Heat try with theirs without all the drama.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Are you kidding me? The Celtics have never won a itle without at least 3 Hall of Fame players! Are you serious? Look at Bird's supporting cast McHale HoF, DJ HoF, Walton HoF, Parrish HoF, Tiny HoF, look at Magic's cast: Jabbar HoF, Worthy HoF, McAdoo HoF, How about Doc's team: Garnett, Pierce and Ray Allen future HoFers...How about Jordan: Rodman HoF, Pippen HoF also had Tony Kukoc, how about Duncan, Parket and Ginobili, HoF players all...the fact is you do not win with just one great player, you need more...and it does not matter whether the players make the decision or the GM trades for them, the formula is the same, u=you need great players to win, not a great player and whoever...

    Simmons has a bias, he still thinks Bird is the best player ever even though Magic beat him 3 out of four times in head to head...Magic 5 Bird 3 titles Bill, do the math...

    Also, tell me how the Heat has an advantage? So they play together and now they do not have to work hard? Get real? LeBron and DWade play as hard defensively as hey do on offense and they have to guard the best players on the other team...does Dirk guard the best player? How about Rose? Ray Allen?...

    Everybody does not hate the Heat, I love them, they play hard! Whatever Bill Simmo0ns or Bucher say, LeBron was a free agent and therefore can make up his own mind where he wants to play...Should'nt LeBron and Wade get to play with stars like Kobe, Duncan, Jordan, Pierce, Bird and Magic? Again, it does not matter whether the GM or the players made the decision, you need stars to win...Saying these guys cheated or even believing that dumb Bill Simmons blog does not make for good debate...

  18. tb727 says:

    I'll play devil's advocate here and explain why I don't hate Miami. They won it in 2006, had a first round knockout in 2007, were horrendous in 2008 but had solid years in 2009 and 2010. In other words, they weren't in tank mode.

    They then strategically, stay competitive (first round knockouts in 09 and 10 are competitive, unlike the Knicks who gave up 3 seasons of competitive play were all about summer of 2010 since Donnie Walsh came on board) and are able to convince 3 top level players NOT to play for the max, but take a little less to make their mark in NBA history. And its worked.

    If anything I think it's more ridiculous the Flakers winning 2 titles because of the most god-awful, one-sided trade in NBA history. Because of one general manager's incompetence, they were basically given (for NOTHING) 3 straight trips to the Finals and 2 titles (including stealing one from our beloved Celtics).

    LeBron and Wade could've gone to Chicago or NY or NJ or the Clippers. They picked the Heat. Kudos to them for winning the contest.

  19. kunzang says:

    i only read this half way becos i feel like wade and lebron both have been highly over rated here!!!...dey are good, no disagreeing to that...BUT why they beat us and bulls...dere are other reasons...its not jst wade and james...
    and i am not going to start on the OTHER reasons, but m sure y'all know!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Stupid article!!!!! Fire this writer now!!!! Get over it you guys!!!! The Heat will win & for years to come!!!!

  21. JR says:

    We only take requests for firing writers if you use at least 6 exclamation points!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Lol fucking heat fans ... spreading hate posts everywhere...

  23. gokor says:

    the point is Bird never teamed up with magic to win it he made his teamates HOFs with him, but Lebron jumped on Wades dick!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dont ever compare that bitch to Larry Bird or Magic bandwagoners, and wade pulled rando down and he did it on porpouse cuz rando striped his fuckin ass, but whatever happened happened its basketball, plus KG Ray didnt team up with pierce in their 26s they teamed up when they were out of their primes, because there Competitors they wouldnt team up with their competition when they were young!!!!!!!

  24. LBJ da King says:

    Lebron and Wade are good friends. I enjoy playing together with a good friend. So what's the big deal? Nobodys cheating.

  25. LBJ da King says:

    So MJ was cheating as well, because he played with 2 Hall of Famers? Was Magic cheating because he had Kareem and Worthy? Only the poor Celtics are playing fair and square. Yeah, right. People you should learn more about the game.

  26. jay says:

    Talent versus Team.

    Well said!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Before you read my post please know that I'm a die hard Celtic fan before the 07 trades.
    I wouldnt say that they " cheated " they just played the free agent game smart and actually pulled it off.If any team had the opportunity to do what they did they would. The Celtics actually laid a similar blueprint for this in 07 with the Garnett & Allen signings. Furthermore the Heat didn't beat up on the league like all the analysts and experts said they would. To compare the NBA to a pick up game is ridiculous. By saying that it wouldn't be fair is discrediting the other teams of the NBA and saying that they wouldn't be able to compete.Obviously this wasnt the case because the Heat went on two extensive losing streaks last reg season. During this losing streak all the analysts were saying that they were overrated. The Heat do probably have the best starting 5 in the NBA right now but they can be beaten. They are kinda short at the 1 and 5 positions and their bench isnt the best in the league. The Celtics proved that during the regular season but just couldnt hold em in the post season. At the end of the day greatness is counted in Rings and Larry O'Brien trophies in the NBA. This is a team that made a smart move to better their chances of getting those.

  28. Anonymous says:

    your an idiot to not count Bosh he has had a great playoffs and has won them plenty of games.

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