At a certain point, you have to realize that it doesn’t pay to get angry anymore. You see how things are going and your disappointment turns to acceptance. Saturday night was that chance for Miami Heat fans.
We sort of turned our anger off and realized that LeBron James might not be able to do it all by himself like back in his Cleveland days, and that an unhealthy Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are never going to contribute to the Big Three craze.
Which means if things keep going this way, next year could be James’ last with Miami across his chest. It’s like the death of a dynasty before it even started, and a good thing gone bad too soon.
But let me relieve some of your stress — that’s what being a Heat fan is all about. One minute you feel entitled; the next minute, you feel like the sky is falling.
Old fans know what this feeling is about. New fans, if you don’t, just look up everything from “the bounce” to Tracy McGrady‘s change of heart, Alonzo Mourning’s kidney disease and Shaquille O’Neal eating his way out of South Beach. But this time players are doing even more to get involved in the mind games.
“We’ve got to do a good job of making sure me and Chris have our opportunities to succeed throughout the game,” Wade said (via Espn.com). “But we’ve got to try to help each other out in this locker room and not leave it up to the individual to self-will it.”
While Wade tried to deflect his breakdown like a delusional fan, the media speculated that he was responding to James’ ‘taking it back to the Cleveland days’ quote. A provocative comment for some, but a true comment nonetheless. Couple that with him pointing out that Wade and Bosh are both struggling, and it’s the first time that their friendship seemed fractured.
But don’t look at this as a team eulogy — look at it as getting you ready for things to come if Game 7 ends like Game 6.
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Richard Nurse is a Miami Heat columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr.