Fans give reasons Heat won't win
This one was easy. Just say "Miami Heat," then stand back and listen to you vent. As one Page 2 reader wrote: "Give the Miami Heat credit for replacing the Los Angeles Lakers -- as the most hated team in basketball."
And, of course, when it comes to dislike, LeBron James is king.
Ben K. of Juneau, Alaska, suggests the word "LeBron" is taking on a new meaning in our national lexicon. Ben remembers when LeBron was in Cleveland and we kept hearing phrases such as "LeBron's 50 points not enough" or "LeBron's efforts not enough," so he suggests "LeBron" actually means "not enough."
"Supposed you're trying to sell a car worth $20,000 and some dude only offers $10,000," Ben wrote. "Your reply should be 'Hey, man, don't try to LeBron me!'"
Harsh, Ben, harsh.
Not everyone felt that way, however. About one out of every four emails received let me know that I am not a nice man for asking you to create "Top 10 Reasons Heat Won't Win a Championship."
Here's one from Alexander of Miami: "Stop hating on LeBron and the Heat. Now we know why you are on Page 2. It's because you're insignificant to the real sports commentary world."
Let's get to the list:
Top 10 Reasons Heat Won't Win a Championship
10. "Two words -- Chicago Bulls," wrote Peggy C. of Oviedo, Fla.
9. "They came 'thisclose' to signing Eddie Curry as either a free-agent center or a barge in the Miami River," wrote Fred B. of Fort Wayne, Ind.
8. "Dwyane Wade can't keep driving to the hoop because his ex-wife got the car," wrote Frank H. of Stillwater, Minn.
7. "Even the Tin Man says the Heat have no heart," wrote Janice H. of Palo Alto, Calif.
6. "LeBron is like a car with an automatic transmission -- no clutch," wrote Woody W. of Houma, La.
5. "Mike Bibby just might be 67 years old," wrote Ben M. of Peoria, Ill.
4. "There's no crying in basketball! (Paging Chris Bosh, pity party of one)," wrote Massawar A. of Queens, New York City.
3. "Actually all they're missing is a point guard, a front-court defender, a rebounder, a shot-blocker and a bench. Other than that " wrote Brian F. of Philadelphia.
2. "If they reach the Bulls, LeBron is going to be guarded tighter than Hannibal Lecter," wrote Leo G. of Bucharest, Romania.
1. "Payback for the day last July when the 'three kings' were welcomed to Miami," wrote Drew W. of Pittsburgh.
If you forgot what that looked like, check out the video. Remember when LeBron and the Heatles proclaimed "Yes. We. Did."
Well, for many of you, the reply this week is:
No. You. Won't.