It's true the rally was a bit over the top, but beyond that I never got the hatred - no difference stacking the team between the Heat and Celtics except this time it was the players who determined their own fate instead of "the man." .. or the highway robbery perpetrated by the Lakers in stealing Pau for Kwame...where the league actually should have stepped in. If anything, I'd think the sentiment should have been rooting for the Heat instead of a carpetbagging team whose real fans in Seattle and Vancouver consistently supported less through "thick" and much more through "thin," before leaving them high and dry.
While for us Heat fans, this is a big "FU" for all the whiny beyotches, like those on RealGM, many of them hypocritically already benefited from like circumstances up in Boston, or who would have loved to have these players on their Chicago or NYK teams (as they were gleefully speculating about the prior 3 months), and also, yet another confirmation that there are few better GMs in any sport than the great Pat Riley, it's equally as much a case of that inevitable boomeranging "Karma" for long-suffering SuperSonics fans and a "STFU" for azzholes like Dan Gilbert.
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