How to React to LeBron James Leaving Miami
Four years and a few weeks ago all Miami wanted was the return of Dwyane Wade. Heat mascot Burnie was placed atop the sign at the American Airlines Arena and refused to come down. The county commission voted to temporarily rename the county Miami-Wade. All we wanted was Wade, another solid player, and enough supporting players to give us another title.
Talk of LeBron joining up was fun, but no one gave it much serious thought throughout the preceding season and early parts of free agency. Then something weird started happening. Odd rumors emerged that he could be joining up with Wade and the newly acquired Bosh in Miami, but they seemed like nothing more than a curiosity until the final 24 hours before his decision. And then it happened. He announced he'd be taking his talents to South Beach.
What followed was a wild four years of ups and downs. We got two championships, and four thrilling rides to the Finals. Heat fans were also put under microscope like no fan base in history. We didn't deserve this. We were a football town. Despite a pretty respectable history of attendance, all of the sudden we were all bandwagoners, even those of us who lived here and had never rooted for another team.
And now that LeBron has left, curious eyes will still be trained on us to see how we react. Let's not give them fodder by pulling a Cleveland-level meltdown. After all, we suddenly have a lot of cap space to rebuild with, the second-longest tenured head coach in the league, Pat Riley as GM, and a dedicated non-Comic Sans letter-writing owner in Micky Arison. All hope is not lost.
Here's a quick guide for how to channel your feelings today:
1. Do Not Burn LeBron's Jersey
I WANNA HEAR WHAT THE FANS IN THE 305 GOTTA SAY BOUT THIS ONE .... pic.twitter.com/OeTbJuZJI9— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) July 11, 2014
Unlike Cleveland, LeBron actually brought us two championships and brought this city together like few things can in the process. Besides, those things could be worth some money some day. If you really, really need to get some stress out with flames, maybe burn Bosh's jersey, privately and safely in your back yard, and don't put it on Instagram. Just make sure he's actually leaving first.