How to React to LeBron James Leaving Miami

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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

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.

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Mark Mares
Mark Mares

Everyone moves on and LJ did I a get things for the Heat. Thanks for the good run there.

Cusi Gonzalez
Cusi Gonzalez

For the people saying that Miami isn't classy, I think as a city we reacted classy. Most expressed their sincere gratitude and well wishes which he rightly deserves. Thanks for the 4 years, LeBron. I will miss you playing for Miami. Good luck, except when you play the Heat. You did the right thing. #familyfirst #hometown #respect #loyalty #class

James Kelley
James Kelley

Later dude. ENjoy Lake Eris in January. jimk

Lourdes Jessup
Lourdes Jessup

If his heart is truly in Cleveland , he would have never left in the 1st place. You hang in there in good times or in bad times. He is just chasing rings at any cost. I like LaBron but don't give me that crap about going home, you shouldn't have left in the 1st place !!!

Rosy Torga
Rosy Torga

Everything have a season,,, His and Miami Heat just ended no matter the reason.. I wish him and his family well and thank him for the time he played for us..

Barbara Green
Barbara Green

At some point in life everyone wants to go home; wish him well for the time spent here

David Garcia
David Garcia

Miami isn't classy, but The Miami Heat organization is!

Nestor Garcia
Nestor Garcia

It's all about the $.. Plus to much temptation in Miami. It was going to cost him alot more if he stays.

Jonathan Wainsztein
Jonathan Wainsztein

He doesn't care about Miami or Cle. He cares about winning rings. If he cared about a city or a team he would have stayed where he started. Had the Heat won the championship he would have stayed. Had the Cavaliers not gotten the first round pick in NBA Draft and had an up and coming point guard he would have not gone back to Cle. It worked out perfect 4 him because now he can say that his heart is in Cle. It's not! Any fan that thinks that he care about their city is delusional......

Mauricio Perez
Mauricio Perez

Wishful thinking fuckers! Lest I remind you, this is after all, MEEEHAAAMMMIIII! Don't fret fellow bandwagon fans, ticket prices shall plummet. Now you too can afford the ticket prices of yesteryear!

Mike Clark
Mike Clark

The people of Miami Hate him anyway

Jude Singh
Jude Singh

I'm not happy but I am over it. He has to go where the money is. 88 mills who wouldn't if you are making less.

Myrna Leal
Myrna Leal

Goodbye. We love you. Good luck in Cleveland

Ashlie Landry
Ashlie Landry

Since when has Miami been classy! What a joke.

Zenaida Collantes-Mola
Zenaida Collantes-Mola

Acuérdate que siempre lo hacen sino es a la entrada es a la salida 👍😜😘

Michelle Abaunza-Roig
Michelle Abaunza-Roig

Not giving a fuck thats how and move on stop idolizing and love your team no matter what!

Maria Eugenia Sosa Ordonez
Maria Eugenia Sosa Ordonez

I thought the fans in Cleveland were unfair in criticizing him years ago for leaving them. You can't blame the man for looking out for his career. Basketball its a business. Now as a Miami fan. I'm happy he gave us so many good years. Go Lebron go!

Abby Drake
Abby Drake

Classy, and Miami are not compatible in the same sentence. Sorry

Steven Bates
Steven Bates

Thank you Lebron for 4 great years . You are class and talent.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Indiana Pacers just became the favorites. LBJ gets Cleveland closer, but the upside is there.

Orlando Marta S Guerra
Orlando Marta S Guerra

One thing I wonder if they had win again this year would Him stay ? Is ok he will be missed.

Aleida Mercedes Menendez
Aleida Mercedes Menendez

Hey, sooner or later it was going to happen. He and practically the whole world is after $$$$ in the end. We'll be fine! I didn't want to see him go but it's okay. We'll survive!!!!

Rud Maig
Rud Maig

Thank you LBJ for your services . We will always be grateful and respectful to you anytime you decide to visite for business or for pleasure. In PAT we TRUST... Riley might not make the HEAT a ring contender next season but I know he will be pulling couple of rabbits out of his hat...

DJ Bill Kelly
DJ Bill Kelly

So sad to see the Mural defaced... it makes you wanna cry!

Neil Signorelli
Neil Signorelli

So sad that he had to go for the max $$$$$ and forget about another ring. His loss, not Miami's.

Sam Newton
Sam Newton

Thanks for the Work and the Parades!! Find your peace now, good luck!!

Laura Gonzalez
Laura Gonzalez

He got the rings he wanted now he is going back home ., he helped us getting 2 championships I'm ok he can go now good luck & thank u

Kauo Oyo
Kauo Oyo

Between the Beckham deal and Lebron leaving, Miami feels real flat right now .

Kauo Oyo
Kauo Oyo

Sun without substance? Maybe Cleveland provides a richer experience for him.

Jeff Paxton
Jeff Paxton

Epic fail!!! Welcome back to the ghetto you loser. From South Beach to hell, what an idiot.

Clare Hartkorn-Taylor
Clare Hartkorn-Taylor

I'm not a round ball fan...but he was great till these last games...not enough MONEY HONEY :-)

Trish Shearer
Trish Shearer

Thanks for the 4 years, and Cleveland will have to live with the fact that when he flashes those 2 Championship rings, those rings will have the HEAT logo, not the Cavs logo. When he's showing that bling off... all will be reminded that you can be a Champion and you can live in Cleveland, but you can't do both.

Johnny Bananas
Johnny Bananas

miami and classy should not be in the same sentence

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