BY: GREGORY GOLDSTEIN
It was only a little over a month ago when Miami Heat fans cringed in their seats at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. It's the fourth quarter and the Heat have been trailing the whole game. Then, our beloved Dwayne Wade falls to the ground in a gruesome rolling of his right ankle. This game left a sour taste in my mouth, along with the rest of the Heat Nation. The media, on the other hand loved it. They said this was going to clear the path for the Chicago Bulls to take a lead in the Eastern Conference. After making a trip to the West Coast and losing 3 straight games as well as Wade to an ankle injury, things weren't looking good.
But then something miraculous happened. The Heat started winning. All ESPN and radio stations in South Florida kept saying," The Miami Heat are winning without Dwayne Wade". Keep him on the bench was my first reaction. Let the man get healthy while we continue this streak. While coach Erik Spoelstra continued to dodge questions about the ailing Wade, the media began to whisper. Whisper that Chris Bosh's numbers have sky rocketed, that he finally found his place on the team. Lebron James was putting up MVP type numbers. Was the Miami Heat better off without Dwayne Wade? As my favorite actor, Vince Vaughn, would say, " Erroneous, Erroneous on both accounts!"
The fact that people would say we are better off without Dwayne Wade and that he should be traded away is just humorous. Recently, the Miami Heat have been on a tear. Winning seven games in a row by double digits has quickly changed the media's focus. Along with the rest of the world, they have noticed the Miami Heat currently have the best record in the league.
As for those laughable comments by Lebron James about possibly returning to play in Cleveland one day, he was just trying to be nice. Folks, keep in mind he has a home in Akron, Ohio which is only twenty minutes outside Cleveland. He also (still) has a lot of damage control to do after the backlash he received from "The Decision"." Whatever your opinion is on the Miami Heat and "The Big Three," I think we can all agree that South Beach is pouring with undeniable talent.
Thanks for reading!