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A fan’s open letter: Thank you 2010-11 Miami Heat
Sometimes you need to take a deep breath, exhale, appreciate the moment, even if it isn’t the moment you wanted or expected.
It hasn’t been easy today. But there are those able to put the bile and vitriol aside.
The Monday mailbag offered one prime example.
So at a time when criticism, condemnation and contempt rule, we pass along one fan’s open letter that was sent this direction this afternoon.
It not only is well phrased, more significantly it shows that there are true fans in South Florida, a hearty, loyal, passionate group that all too often gets overshadowed by the naysayers and frontrunners.
“To the Miami Heat, Thank You
“Everyone in Miami today has something to say about the season that ended last night, and people are rightfully disappointed, stunned, frustrated, with how a series that began with so much promise ended with so much heartache last night. But something people should be saying — if not today, then certainly tomorrow, and again and again this summer and fall — is thank you.
“Thank you to Micky Arison, Pat Riley, and the Heat organization, for giving us a championship contender ready to contend again next year and for years to come. For rebuilding this team time and time again, and giving this football town a basketball team and organization that we have learned to love.
“Thank you to Dwyane Wade. The city’s heart and a player that has captured our imagination like no one has or could. Standing 6-3 going on 7-0 most nights, from the crossover in Philadelphia in your first game to the shot over Baron Davis in your first playoff game to the 30- and 40-point games in your first NBA Finals, you’ve amazed so many times already, with so many times more to come.
“Thank you to Chris Bosh. Lost in all of the story lines and media hype over the last two months, the power forward who had never had an extended playoff run played like the All-Star he is, against Brand, against Garnett, against Boozer, and against Dirk. You didn’t need to prove you belonged, but you did anyway.
“Thank you to Udonis Haslem. For taking the floor in the middle of the Eastern Conference Finals after not having stepped on the floor since November, and then playing like were never gone. And really, you never were. When Heat fans look back on these playoffs, there may be some regret, sure, but there would have been so much more had we gone on this journey without you.
“Thank you to Mario Chalmers, to Mike Miller, to Mike Bibby and Joel Anthony and James Jones and our much-maligned “supporting cast.” The national media line was that you would be our downfall, but you were steady and unrelenting, and you carried us through some of our toughest moments. The reality of the NBA and the financial rewards that you will be offered (and that you so fully deserve) is that some of you may not be back, but thank you for an incredible run.
“And thank you, thank you, thank you, to LeBron James. Thank you for sharing your career — which has been and will continue to be, for at least the next ten years, the most anticipated and scrutinized, analyzed and criticized career, in decades, and maybe ever, in the NBA — with us. Heat fans are what we are — we are a young fan base, a growing fan base, a proud fan base, and to be perfectly frank, I’m not sure we deserved you. I think of the crowds you left in Cleveland, the crowds that were waiting for you in Chicago and New York, and you chose us. We are always going to want more from you — fans always do — but last July, you gave us the promise of everything, and as Heat fans over the next few days reflect on what happened over the last eight months, they’ll realize that you’ve already started to deliver on that promise.
“Last night I walked out of my seat and towards the exit with about 45 seconds left in the game. I didn’t want to see the Mavericks celebrate on our court, didn’t want to remember the season that way. But when I woke up this morning I started thinking about the way that the Oklahoma City Thunder fans gave their young team a standing applause when they lost to the Lakers two years ago. Incredibly, this year, even with the increased expectations and dreams of their first Finals appearance, the Thunder fans did it again after they lost a disappointing series to the Mavericks. I started thinking about that, and felt ashamed that I had left early. I owe you my thanks and applause. This city does too.”
Ian Ross, Miami
Miami needs a good point guard (Get Steve Nash)
and a Center that will bang inside, ,preferably with more height than J. Anthony. Si bosh pang oustide lang talga
Pat Riley should consider these trades. Even though I'm not a Miami fan, I want Coach Spo to succeed.
CP3 for LeChoke, pwede mangyari, pero tingin ko di papayag si The King Choker dito. He longs for bright lights and Big Cities.
Most probably, 1 on 1 trade with the Nets. I don't think they will let go of Brooks unless they are 100% sure they can get Howard.
New Jersey will have their 1st choice and Miami will get their PG. Wade and LeChoke does not compliment each other. Ang nagyayari, either si Wade ang maganda laro sa 1st half or tapos si LeChoke sa 2nd half or vice-versa.
^ teka di ba parang no-trade clause sa kontrata ng tatlong itlog na yan?
^ ah ganun ba.
Mukhang matatagalan pa pala bago magchampion heat. Kelangan muna mag improve si LeChoke. Pag nadevelop na nya yun go to move nya dun pa lang sa tingin ko makakachampion heat. hehe! Unless he puts a lot of work during this offseason.
Every clutch players like Jordan, Kobe, or even Pierce have a spot on the floor where they usually take their shots during crunch time. Usually within 15 feet.
Si LeChoke wala pa nun eh. Unless you count a Mail Mary 3 as your clutch move.
Even if there is no no-trade clause, do you think anyone would really want to touch LeBron now? Magiging parang T-Mac at Iverson yan.
they have the last chance next season. kung mag fail pa din, delikado yung tatlo sa pag trade. it is really impossible na may mawala agad sa big 3 this offseason.
hehehe, paisa nga sa bagong thread Hello mga kapatid! it's been a good season though we came up short, pero ayus lang, enjoy naman ang mga laban
I think ok naman yung lineup natin ngayon, onting tweak on the 5th spot o kaya naman Joel Anthony having a bit of his offensive game working with a left hand hook in the paint, LeBron finally having a low post game, etc. Ayun pa pala, on the PG spot I think mas ok yung facilitator talaga, wag na si LeBron, yung kayang magmando ng mga tao sa loob...looking forward to next season, kung kelan man yun :lol hehehe...
Why did LeBron James skip college?
So he doesn't have to show up for finals.
Florida Panthers just signed LeBron James to a 2 year max contract!
Because in hockey you only have to play 3 quarters.
I've heard on the sports radio people making fun of Chris Bosh kneeling down and crying after entering the dugout.
I know there is no crying in sports. But it did show that he really wanted to win the title.
He actually cared and has really invested so much emotions to the goal they failed to achieve.
Heat fans, I think we are still looking good next season. We are the favorites to win the East. Contender pa rin ang team for the championship. This team will be better, i hope....
Its more like haters picking on Bosh than true Basketball fans who would understand.
So Bosh shouldn't be ashamed of showing emotions this time around.
I found it hilarious when the Cavs owner Dan Gilbert gloated that there are no shortcuts to a championship after the Heat lost Game 6.
This from a guy whose team intentionally tanked games to win at the LeBron James draft sweepstakes when LBJ was an incoming rookie.