It’s ironic that the teams four letter word “heat” can also spell out “hate”, something Miami’s roster has already began to experience this off-season.
With enough star power to take on numerous NBA teams single-handedly, it was certainly expected for fans worldwide to give the Miami Heat the cold shoulder once LeBron James ANDChris Bosh decided to team up with Dwyane Wade.
After receiving criticism by virtually everyone (including the likes of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson) –which you could read the quotes on ESPN‘s Heat Index– the Heat will finally get the chance (starting Oct. 26) to step up to the mound and put all of the hate to rest.
The Miami Hate is on. Check out some of the responses to Miami’s hate!
–In a poll taken by ESPN in which they asked “How much do you dislike the Heat?”, 40% responded with the answers “Three Kings are a joke” and “My new least-favorite team” while 27% believed that Miami has had too much hype too son.
Only 33% out of 30,000 plus votes actually liked them.
– Off-season acquired guard Eddie House (Every time I hear Eddie House’s name I always remember the slap in the head by Rafer Alston) was recently interviewed by the Palm Beach Post. The Post asked House what the Heat had to do to silence critics this season and he responded saying,
“I think, you know what, honestly, I don’t give a (expletive) about nobody else on the outside…It doesn’t matter about anybody out there. I don’t care what their expectations are. We have our expectations and our goals. We are going to achieve them. That’s the bottom line.”
House finished the interview with one final statement,
“So, at the end of the day, middle fingers to all the haters.”
–On August 10th via twitter, this is what LeBron had to say about the criticism,
“Don’t think for one min that I haven’t been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!”For more of Brandon's content be sure to check out NBAPrimetime.com and follow him on twitter @_nbaprimetime