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The Decision: 1 Year Later

Enough is enough. And by that I mean the easy pot shots and elbows we throw at LeBron James have been enough. Today marks the one year anniversary of the decision when LeBron went on national TV and dumped his hometown team, dissed his former teammates and didn’t acknowledge his former boss at all. LeBron threw away 7 years equity of love, adoration and protection. What made this feat worse was his complete lack of remorse for Cleveland fans. In a city where for most fans all they’ve experienced is heart ache LeBron not only broke hearts but wiped his shoes on it after walking out the door. But even through all of this LeBron trudged on as if none of this faded him one bit. While they were throwing a pep rally celebrating their arrival in Miami, Cleveland fans were left to pick of the pieces of a broken team now destined for lottery dreams as ESPN depicted two fans burning a jersey and a few shirts like it was the L.A. riots. All year people took shots at LeBron when they could, it was easy, but just because we can do something doesn’t mean we do it. Did LeBron deserve criticism in the way he left? Yes, but to the vitriol and hatred we saw? Probably not. Let’s get this straight, most fans weren’t mad that he left (some were) but were mad in the manner in which he left. He didn’t have to wait so long to make the decision, virtually leaving the Cavs with no other options. This is where the anger comes from. He had Cavs management so attached to his moves that they couldn’t do anything until they knew what his moves were. But, let this day be the day were we all let it go. jbsmooth84.comNot just Cleveland fans, but all fans. I’m not saying you can never criticize LeBron, but to keep ragging on him for ‘The Decision’ is enough. He took a risk, left his hometown area to team up with two other guys to try and win rings. It’s no different than a stock broker taking a chance on an investment, sometimes you hit, and sometimes you miss. This year his team came up short, but it looks like in the end the reward may have been worth the risk. And for those who say his popularity took a hit, his jersey finished number one in sales. For as far as love will take you, there is nothing that turns heads and draws attention like a fender bender and LeBron orchestrated a 15 car pileup during rush hour traffic. And for all the flack LeBron gets for his speaking abilities, lack of tact and level of sensitivity, he and his crew hijacked one of the largest TV networks for an entire hour, and had them talk about him for the entire day, almost abandoning anything else in sports. Raised a couple million dollars for charity and had billionaires come talk to him in his office. Say what you want about LeBron, but he’s got this supply and demand concept down. So let this be the end of the LeBron bashing for no reason, let’s make the decision to let ‘the decision’ rest in peace.


Turning Up the Heat

4 games to 1. 97 to 87. Big 3 versus big 2 & a half. Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh finally did it. The signing parade and pep rally in early July has finally seemed to pay off for the Miami Heat. Wade, LeBron, and Bosh have been criticized all season for joining forces in Miami. But this was the goal, to beat the Boston Celtics en route to a championship. A task none of them could do on their own. The Heat had their struggles this year and most analysts had next year as the season they would put it all together. However, the Heat have been playing their best basketball so far. LeBron and Wade have finally figured out how to play together and every time Bosh gets his emotions together he proves to be the piece that completes the Heat’s big 3. The Heat may not get much from their bench, but with Wade and LeBron playing like this, there aren’t many teams that can match their scoring prowess. For the Celtics there should be no shame. They were just beat by a better team. They got old, injured and just couldn’t fight the good fight anymore. Kevin Garnett this series showed that at this stage of his career that he can no longer carry a team for multiple games at a time. Paul Pierce didn’t play well this series, Ray Allen had his hands full with Wade and with Rajon Rondo being injured the Celtics just couldn’t muster up enough to overtake the Heat. Fast forwarding the conversation, for Heat haters, they better hope and pray the Bulls take care of the Hawks, because that is their only hope for giving the Heat some competition in their quest for a ring. As for now, let’s hope the Heat don’t break out the ticker tape and fireworks seeing as they’ve only made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

To the dismay of many fans around the country the Miami Heat aren’t that bad. The great demise of the Heat has been greatly exaggerated. Did you know they only have 24 losses out of 80 games? Do you realize for all their struggles they will still finish in the top 3 in their conference? Yes, they are the new team that everyone loves to hate. Yes they have two guys who before July 8th were two of the most likeable guys in the league. But none of this factors into how they will play on the court. No matter how you feel about the summer of 2010 people still like LeBron James. They still think he’s funny; people will still buy his shoe, jersey and follow him on twitter. And you can’t hate someone forever. No matter how you feel about the man, that Nike commercial was hilarious. Same goes for Dwayne Wade, you like to like him. For as much as a 6 foot 3 person can he represent the little guy, he plays with a reckless abandon and aggression that people can relate to. But, you can’t hate them forever. This too will pass. Let’s be honest for a minute. The Heat do have problems, however, they do have talent and they will win a lot of games, maybe a championship or two. And winning cures almost everything. When you don’t like someone or something, it becomes easy to continue that feeling when the opposition embraces that hate. LeBron and Dwayne don’t want to be hated; they don’t embrace being the villain. Matter of fact, they hate the fact that you hate them. These 2 great players want nothing more than to be loved and adulated like they have been the last 7 years. And the more they rebel against the hate instead of rolling with it, the harder it will be to dislike them. The Detroit Pistons of the late 1980’s 1990’s loved being the most hated team in America to the point they were called ‘The Bad Boy’s’. The Miami Heat of 2010-2011 doesn’t understand the hate. And for the better part of this NBA season Americas’ hate for them has blinded a lot from seeing how good this team is. Put feelings aside for a second. This team has no consistent point guard or center.  No constant rotation, no above all leader, a young coach with little playoff experience, and they’ve still managed to win 54 games. This team exudes the saying of your never as good as you are at your best or as bad as you are at your worst. Inevitably the Heat will be judged on their performance in May and June. Coincidentally when they heat starts to turn up everyone.

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