The Miami Heat need to find a way to stop sounding like complainers. Yes, we are very much aware that they are only answering questions reporters are asking them and are constantly provoked by the media. They have to comment on being the most hated team on earth in some way, but there are more effective ways to do that than making themselves sound like heroes for surviving the hatred.
On Saturday, I Am a GM passed along a snippet from a recent interview Chris Bosh had with Sports Illustrated. Like Dwyane Wade a couple of weeks ago, Bosh was asked about the scrutiny the Heat faced throughout the 2010-2011 season and whether or not it was fair.
” It was definitely unwanted,” Bosh said. “I think I speak for everyone when I say it was unwanted. It was a bit extra, absolutely. I think people just started throwing rocks just because that was the hot thing to do at the time. It is what it is, and it made us stronger. We survived it, so I feel if we can survive that, we’re definitely strong enough to overcome it.”
Bosh took a lot of criticism in particular with his crying in defeat after the NBA Finals and the hilarious “Like a Bosh” video that was created to rag on him. Still, he should be careful about pulling the survivor card. People hate the Heat because they are afraid Miami could dominate the NBA for the next five years and leave their favorite team in the dust. That does not make them victims. The sooner the Heat fully embrace the hatred and jealously and stop equating it to victimization, the sooner they can start owning the league.