How a LeBron Hater Learned to Stop Loathing the Miami Heat

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It's tough to hate Dwayne Wade.
Let's get one thing clear: I'm still angry with LeBron James. I think he's arrogant, immature, and full of an inflated sense of importance that was, ironically, fed by years of hero worship in his hometown of Cleveland. His decision to use a nationally televised ESPN special to snub that hometown and move to Miami was a testament to his glaring ego.

However, I no longer hate the Miami Heat. Now that the rest of America loathes them, they're growing on me. 

Did you see Dwayne Wade last night? Did you see how he and Chris Bosh worked together
so seamlessly to give the Heat a ten-point lead over the Dallas Mavericks with one minute left in the first game of the NBA finals?

Wade is a workhorse. He was here before the LeBron madness, and he's watched his new teammate eclipse him in the headlines. Yet he just chugs along, supporting James and Bosh, making them look good.

Then there's that funny-looking dude, Mike Miller, whose stubbled mustache and tattoos give him a gangly, trailer-trash vibe. Last night, he played hard with an injured shoulder, and you've got to respect that.

The Heat have been trash-talked all over the country, dogged by the New York Times for not attracting fans to fill arena seats, ridiculed by bitter Chicago Bulls fans, blithely ignored by many locals, who can't be bothered to stop drinking mojitos long enough to care about a basketball team. Yet here they are, possibly on their way to winning a championship.

I've always been a sucker for the underdog -- even an underdog that boasts three of the best players in the NBA. When I lived in Cleveland, I rooted for LeBron James and the Cavaliers because, in some ways, they were the best thing that underdog city had going for it.

Now I live in South Florida, hardly a region that needs an ego boost. But the Heat have been so battered that suddenly, they're kind of endearing.
 

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Bossman
Bossman

I'm sure Wade will be relieved to hear that you finally approve; Bron will continue working to sway you in to his corner and make it his mission to convince you of the fact that his coming down here was the best choice for his family and career. Go back to small town with your hater mentality and burn some more t-shirts to show just how hypocritical your opinion comes across. New Times must be extremely shorthanded to run this garbage.

Wordsmithy
Wordsmithy

Mike Miller is from South Dakota. I don't think there are any trailer parks in South Dakota. He played his college ball at UF, and there are quite a few trailer parks in north Florida. Plenty of dumb Republicans, too. But they don't wear tattoos, so we should be fine with Mike. Oh, he also shoots the lights out.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Lebron has been a phenom since a child. He was called "King James" in high school. I think he is going through the normal maturation process that many young adults experience in their twenties.

On the court, Lebron is the consummate team player, always looking to create opportunities for his teammates. He is selfless, hard working and has a brilliant basketball I.Q.

He lives a clean life and is in incredible physical condition, evidenced by his herculean minutes on the floor.

Lebron James will endure and become one of the greatest players in NBA history.

Vlanghornes
Vlanghornes

Wack introductory paragraph, The author hate is unreasonable. And his journalism cant be trusted. Much like the owners of the cleveland cavs... King james wants his jewelry thats what we all saw in the game last night.

Mannygonzalez13
Mannygonzalez13

Too late to jump on the bandwagon Mr. 954... Its a 305 thing

Miami Native
Miami Native

You're obviously new to Miami, as only the tourists, newcomers and cheesy folk drink "mojitos". Furthermore, you’re dead wrong about Wade's importance to this city. He's been Miami's hero since he first stepped foot on our court and dazzled fans all the way to a title in 2006. The seldom matched roar of the crowd when he's introduced is the only proof you'd need of that (providing you've been watching/attending Miami Heat games). Also, try proof reading your work next time. If you're going to attempt to represent this city, at least attempt to look educated while doing it.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Nice of you to admit how wrong you were. Now, if only your second cousin Scott Raab would do the same. That will never happen though, he has anti-Lebron books to sell.

Samirv
Samirv

Lisa is the sportswriter, and she never mentioned hate. She actually elaborated on the fact that Cleveland may have ironically fueled Lebron "king" James's ego. But what player doesn't have one? Wade has one, so do the crappiest players... Their egos are fed with the value of the salaries put on them... but thats beside the point, nice article...GO HEAT!!!

@lisaRam :    I challenge you to watch all the post game interviews Lebron did throughout the Bulls series, maybe you'll realize that he is really a humble guy who just wants to be the best...

Lisa
Lisa

@Miami Native: I'm confused. Am I wrong about Wade because I said he was good or because I said he was humble?

@hand: I only wish I were related to Scott Raab. Some book royalties would be nice.

MiamiLifer
MiamiLifer

If this country bumpkin is a sports reporter the freebie is in big trouble. I hear she wears trousers and such and writes the same type of cow plop about politics. Just a way to get folks to pay attention to this freebie so it does not fizzle away like small town holly hobbies do in DA 305. Maybe someone will mug her and take her press card. We can burn it in a fire like her redneck crackers did up in Acorn!! Silly little Amish Lou!

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