Charles Barkley admires both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Heat fans? Not so much: "Yeah they have the worst fans. No question. It's not even loud in there. You're at the game and you are like, 'Man this place isn't even loud.' [...] Listen, if the Miami Heat were playing the Washington Generals I would pick the Washington Generals."
Those who root for LeBron's failure may be in for a disappointment, writes CBS' Ken Berger.
Fan.s at a Cleveland sports bar let the "I told you sos" ring from the rooftop after the Heat's Game 4 collapse, writes Sam Amico of Fox Sports: "Clevelanders want to believe Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s Decision Night declarations that his team will win a title before James … that James took the supposed Curse of Cleveland with him to South Beach … that James will quit again like many say he did in Game 5 of last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Boston. In Game 4 of the Finals, those hopes sprung to life. For one night, this clan of Cavs-for-Mavs fans was able to say, Hey, we told you so. 'Yep, he’s a quitter,' one said. 'What a choker,' another insisted."
Hating the Heat may actually be more fun than liking them: "Give us a bad guy, and we turn a sporting event into a morality play. Give us a bad guy, and we have a reason to tune in. Give us the teams we love, or give us one we can hate."
After hating LeBron for so long, one southern-based columnist is now feeling sorry for him: "I thought this would be easy, pulling against LeBron James. Eleven months ago I’d worked up a disdain I figured would carry me through 2011 and probably 2021. But here Miami is, playing for the NBA title, and I have a confession: I’m actually starting to feel sorry for LeBron."
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