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These days, it seems like it’s pretty easy for people to be Mavericks fans. Or, really just be a fan of anyone who beats the Heat. Taunting Dirk, as seen in the video below, doesn’t help their popularity.
All you have to do is turn on ESPN or talk to a sports fan to see how people view the Heat. And don’t even ask about LeBron. We all know how that conversation will go. I guess all it takes is a preseason parade and predicting 7 championships for people to hate you. Weird, huh?
In all honesty, I don’t spite the Heat for teaming up. Celtics fans, me included, need to understand that our team has done the same thing. I know it was a different era and different circumstances, but the Celtics have had multiple hall of famers on their teams in the past. And it might not have been through free agency, but isn’t our team the one who put together Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen? Nobody complained about that.
That being said, Kevin Garnett didn’t have an ESPN special where he announced he was leaving Minnesota. Ray Allen didn’t flex his biceps at a welcome party and scream as loud as he could. Paul Pierce didn’t say he was going to win 7 championships. Still, they teamed up. They wanted to win. Nobody blamed them, did they?
All I’m asking is to be fair.
Jordan comparisons for LeBron are NOT fair. He never proclaimed to be Jordan, and he never will be. LeBron is a freak athlete, a physical specimen; a once in a lifetimen talent. But he isn’t cold-blooded in the way Jordan always was. Jordan never wanted to pass up the last shot, he never wanted to be a second option. He wanted to step on your throat, rip it out, and then tell you all about it. Honestly, LeBron isn’t like that. He’s different.
Rumors are floating around about personal troubles with LeBron and how it may be affecting his play. Out of respect, I’m not going to sit here and speculate about his personal life. Rumors are rumors, and he deserves a little bit of privacy.
But, this just in, they are a VERY good team. There are times where they can’t be beaten, and it’s frightening. They’re going to be like this for a little while, and I will be shocked if they don’t win at least one or two championships.
For now, let’s be fans of the game and enjoy some high quality basketball and appreciate how fun it is to watch an NBA finals with Dirk, Kidd, Terry, LeBron, Wade, and Bosh. There’s alot to like here, even if you’re not a fan of either team.
Cheer for who you want. I’m asking everyone to have perspective, be fair, and think before you rip on a team or player. Have your own thoughts, don’t let your opinions automatically be formed by the people on TV.
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