For Miami Heat Fans: Five Steps to Stop Hating LeBron James
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After four straight seasons of watching the Miami Heat play basketball deep into the month of June, it's now been two years in a row of a large majority of Heat fans filling that space with rooting against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The latter is admittedly decidedly less fun than the former. This is no way to live. It's much more enjoyable to root for something than against something. It's time for a change.
How, you might be asking, can Miami Heat fans who loathe LeBron James replace the hatred in their black-and-red hearts with nothing but Valentine's Day-colored love and happiness? We've installed a five-step program to letting go. It won't be the easiest thing you've ever done, but just like quitting cigarettes — it will be good for your health in the long run.
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1. Don't be sad it's over; be happy it happened.
It might sound cheesy, but it's what you need to do to progress in recovery. The first step to finally setting yourself completely free of LeBron James cares is realizing and reminding yourself that the four straight NBA Finals the Miami Heat went to during LeBron's tenure in Miami was definitely not the norm. The farther people get away from that era of Miami Heat basketball, the more they will appreciate it. Seeing players team up to create a massive, unstoppable superteam was frowned upon back then, but now it's practically written in textbooks that it's the only way your franchise can compete.
Nothing that happens in Cleveland, or anywhere else, will ever erase the fact that the Miami Heat's Big 3 wrote the playbook that other teams now study every off-season.
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2. Stop comparing Cleveland LeBron James to Miami LeBron James.
It's a useless exercise. What really is to gain from comparing what LeBron James accomplishes in Cleveland to what he was able to accomplish in Miami? Nothing, that's what. It's essentially the same as comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan; there will never be a consensus opinion about who is better, so why even care what the pundits say?
Miami will forever have received LeBron James' prime years in a neat little package. Cleveland will have forever drafted and groomed LeBron in his dominant early years. What happens now and in the future really has no bearing on what happened in Miami from 2010-2014. Within a four-year span, the Heat won two titles and twice held a parade down beautiful Biscayne Boulevard; hats off to Cleveland if they can top that.
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