What's happening SS&R!!?? Not too much longer and the season will finally be underway!!! I don't know about you, but I can't wait for this season to get going! Since it's still pre-season and not much else to write about, I want to speak a little bit on my opinion regarding the Miami Heat (sorry, I know this topic is like beating a dead horse, but bare with me).
I recently read the article that was written about Pat Riley's response to the "haters" who have talked
shit trash about his Miami Heat team. In this article he talks about how he is suprised that so many people in the league were speaking poorly about this culmination of players in Miami and that they need to "get a life" and bla bla bla...I would like to give my opinion on why there has been such a backlash regarding this team. To me, I think it's quite simple and could have been completely avoided.
The first thing I asked myself when I began to see such a negative response to this "super team" joining forces in South Beach was, "did the Celtics receive as much criticism when they made the same moves?" The answer I came up with was no. I don't remember this being the case anyway. So why such a negative backlash toward Miami? Many try and say that other teams/owners/coaches, whatever, are jealous (envious being the correct term) of such an All-Star group of individuals joining forces on one team. "It's just not fair! I don't wanna have to get whooped by half of our Olympic team everynight!!" However, this is just how some people try and explain the actions of the above named individuals within the league. I don't think this is the case. I believe it's simpler than that. Let me explain. As far as other teams' owners/coaches GM's etc being envoius; who wouldn't want to put together their own powerhouse as if you are making your own team on NBA Live?? That is the fantasy of anybody who is in this sport. However, this is not a deep rooted topic. After the initial shock (for lack of better words), I don't think any of these people in the league really care all that much what-so-ever about how this team was constructed. At the end of the day, every team still has to go out and compete. They are all professionals. They work their hardest with the team that they are surrounded with. If anything, this will prove to make many other teams in the league better and want to compete at a much high level (because they will honestly have to when playing Miami, due to their sheer raw talent level). So, to prevent myself from getting off on a tangent, I will get to the point.
This is not a backlash against a Miami Heat team that wants to win. This is the trickle down effect from The Decision. Yes, this is LeBron James' fault. Ask yourself this question. If LeBron would have just acted like he had a single ounce of compassion in his body and didn't get on national television (for an entire hour) to do nothing but embarrass and rub mud in the face of Cleveland/Akron, and just chose to "take his talents to South Beach" and let the world hear about it normally (on Sports Center/NBA TV/ESPN/Newspaper) would this have been as big of an issue? To me, this backlash against LeBron was not because he chose to leave; it is because of HOW HE CHOSE TO RELAY THE MESSAGE. I think it's a fair assessment to say his decision (no pun intended) wasn't all that surprising, in hindsight. It was the fact that he got the hopes up of thousands of people who genuinely loved and cared about this man (Cleveland and their fans) by announcing that he would make this decision on national television ("Oh, he's going to do it on TV! That MUST mean he's coming back!! He would NEVER embarrass us on TV...He has more class than that...etc etc...) But then, uh oh! Left turn!! I'm taking my talents to South Beach. HUUUUGE P.R. mistake Bron Bron. Now look at what you've created. You can thank your public relations team, cough cough...I mean your high school friend with zero experience/education in the area for all of this.
In my opinion, LeBron's decision has created one of the nastiest snowball effects ever witnessed by professional sports. His "decision" is the catalyst to why so many people now hate/despise this "super team." It was He who set the tone. Somebody once said that if you are hated by the masses (in sports), there is no better way to get those people to stop hating you than to win. Everybody loves a winner. With Miami, I'm not so sure that this will be the case...