It is obvious to any fan of the NBA that the Miami Heat are the most hated team in the league. It seems that the only fans of Lebron and company are people who live in South Beach, or fans that admire the “King” and supported his decision to take his talents elsewhere.
When the three superstars joined forces in Miami, it took time for the big three to start playing like everyone expected. At first, the Heat were losing many games and fans loved it. But then, Miami caught fire. The last time the Heat were not at least 10 games over .500, was back on December 11, 2010.
Miami had no problem in the first round. They quickly eliminated Philadelphia in five games and moved into the semifinals.
In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, LeBron made the largest impact on the team and the Heat knocked out the Boston Celtics.
The Eastern Conference Finals were unbelievable. After dropping game one, the Heat regrouped and won four straight, including a game five win in Chicago after coming back from 12 points down with three minutes left in the game.
I have been watching sports my entire life. I go to tons of games year after year and have seen great teams play in person including: Pujols and the Cardinals, Warner and the Greatest Show on Turf, Brees and the Saints, A-Rod and the Yankees, and Crosby and the Penguins. The list goes on and on.
But in game five, I was sitting in the nosebleeds at the Madhouse on Madison and experienced something I have never witnessed at a sporting event.
The Heat showed dominance, perseverance, and the determination to be the best, not just this season, but for a very long time. I am not saying other teams I have watched in the past didn’t show these qualities. But the outstanding chemistry that team now has and the unbelievable skill certain players on that team shows every game puts unimaginable thoughts into ones mind.
The Heat silenced an entire arena in Chicago. The “fans” at the United Center did not even know what to say. They were in complete shock, and the only thoughts they had were “It was the refs' fault” and “LeBron Sucks”.
Really? That’s what you’re going to say when your team blows a double-digit lead with only a few minutes to play? That’s what you’re going to yell at people when the league's MVP misses a free throw that would have possibly sent the game into overtime? Bulls fans now have to sit down, shut up, drink another beer, and watch the team that eliminated them from the playoffs in the Finals while they quietly wait for next season.
The Heat put a thought in my mind last Thursday night, and it was this. The Miami Heat could be the best dynasty the world has ever seen.
I am a realist. I see things as they are, and what they can be. For God’s sake I am a Cubs fan and I know that my beloved Cubbies will not win for a long time, at least not the way their players are playing today. Is the world going to end in 2012? Absolutely not. For a second did I think the Hangover Part II was even going to be half as good as the original? Nice try Bradley Cooper. But being a realist, I can actually see the Miami Heat winning title after title for many years.
How can they be stopped? They have one of the best players the NBA has ever seen in LeBron James. Don’t give me that crap about him not being able to win in Cleveland, why don’t you lace up your Nikes and try to win when your second best player is Anderson Varejao?
They have one of the most dynamic players in the NBA with Dwayne Wade. Don’t you dare tell me that he is not as good as Derrick Rose. Wade is a playmaker like Rose, but one difference is that Wade can hit free throws when it counts; look at Derrick Rose’s final seconds in game five.
The Heat have another great player in Chris Bosh, and a bench that is good enough to carry the team to the Finals. They have a smart, young coach in Eric Spoelstra, and an evil mastermind in Pat Riley that shook up the entire league and made the country hate him when he brought the big three to Miami.
The Heat are so strong and talented that they have only lost three games through the entire playoffs, and teams are unable to win at American Airlines Arena during the playoffs.
Who could stop them? The best team in the regular season was the Chicago Bulls, and look at what Miami did to them. Boston? Nope, their big three is getting old and things are falling apart in Bean Town. The Magic? Maybe, if Dwight Howard can get some much needed help. The Lakers? Kobe Bryant is going to be 33 years old next season, and with Phil Jackson out of the picture I don’t see that happening. The Knicks? Not if Carmelo and Amar'e play like they did together last season. Durant and the Thunder? We all saw what the lack of experience did to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals.
The truth is, that the only team that can ever stop the Heat is the team they are playing in this year’s Finals. The Dallas Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki has shown the world his entire career that he is one of the greatest scorers the game has ever seen. He is the only player in the league that can actually carry his team on his back and take them as far as he can. The problem is that Dirk has… well, only Dirk.
The lack of support Nowitzki has will show in this season’s finals when they go up against Miami’s big three. LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are going to be too much for one man to handle.
The majority of people reading this article probably disagree with me one hundred percent.
They think their team has what it takes to stop LeBron and the Heat. All I have to say to those people is that either your teams already had the chance to stop the Heat and failed, or that your teams in the west couldn’t even get to the big stage to take on Miami.
LeBron James is not going to stop at one ring. He’s not going to stop at two. Wade already has one ring; you know he is out to get more. Love me, hate me, I don’t care. I speak the truth and the truth is that Miami is going to show basketball fans around the world something that they have never seen.
After last night’s game one win, Miami is now three wins away from making all of the haters look like ignorant children. The haters were the ones who said the Heat would never win it all, but now look who is going to have the last laugh.
I am sure most of you have seen the trailers for the new Cameron Diaz movie, Bad Teacher. Remember the part where Jason Segal's character yells at the little boy and says "Call me when LeBron James has six titles!"? Well, Segal's character could receive a phone call in the near future.