Maybe it's just that everything with Miami has to be a story. They are written about as redeeming figures when they win, a team that overcame adversity, and did the right thing by joining forces. When they lose, suddenly they are cocky, arrogant, and don't take the game seriously enough.
After beating Chicago and a game win one against the Mavericks, the dominating story was redemption of their decision to play together.
This is silly. Did anyone doubt their decision to play together would likely lead to championships. We basically mourned the fact that it simply made the league unfair. During that off-season I would have said LeBron was by far the best player in the NBA and Wade was in a close race for the second best.
I thought they'd win the title this season, and I thought they'd have a chance to win every year for as long as they remained in their prime and would ultimately win three or four with something going wrong in one or two seasons (injury, bad luck, whatever) stopping them from sweeping.
Winning a championship doesn't validate their decision to play together any. It's merely an expectation met. In fact, their playing together showed a willingness to give up some money to win titles. Something we always complain players won't do.
The whole line of thought misses the boat. Their decision to play together never needed to be validated. Their decision to make a mockery of other teams who were hoping to sign them did. Their decision to claim seven titles in the preseason before playing together did. LeBron's decision to announce his FA choice on national TV did.
Those things can not be validated. Those are the reasons why there's such a large lingering dislike for this group, and they haven't validated those decisions, and their quotes continue to show that they are too locked into their private bubbles to understand why people are annoyed.
The negativity over LeBron and Wade's mini celebration is merely an outcome of our general distaste for these guys
Wade held a pose after knocking down a three. LeBron came over smiling and started jabbing him in the chest. After Miami lost, everyone flipped out about the celebration "They're celebrating early again, these guys don't get it!".
Dwyane Wade said everyone does something after a big shot that leads to a timeout, and they'll still do something after big shots again. People react to that by saying he doesn't get it, but ultimately, he's right.
Is a few jabs to the chest and an extended pose any worse than some flying chest bumps, fist pumps, chest poundings, running around like a jet, or raising your arms towards the crowd repeatedly? We've seen Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson do these types of things after big plays. Big plays that weren't in the NBA finals <ie not as big>.
Ultimately, the negative reaction to the little dance is that we still dislike these guys. They proved their tastelessness and lack of tact over a long period of time with oblivious comments. Any time anything happens with them, we'll overreact, because our natural inclination is to beat up on guys we dislike and protect guys we like.
Dislike isn't the only reason the nation is begging for a Miami loss
Every basketball fan outside of Miami is hoping that Miami loses. We're watching just to root against them. We want to claim that their egos got in the way, that they don't want it enough, that they're not as good we thought.
Unfortunately, I don't think that will happen. Miami ultimately probably will be good enough, they probably will win, and the worst part is not that a team I dislike will win, but that it casts a shadow over the rest of the league for a long time. Miami is going to get better from here on out not worse.
This could be a dynasty caliber team, a team that could lock up the NBA for five years. A team that could cause a generation of stars to miss out on titles. In terms of a big three, LeBron, Wade, and Bosh could be one of the best ever to play together (only a number of championships won can validate this though).
A Miami win this year makes the prospect of beating them next year all the scarier for the teams that are right there in the mix like Chicago.
A Miami loss isn't just about some guys we don't like losing, but it also validates that the rest of the league still has a chance for the next four or five seasons as well. Almost every fan who's team is out of it is rooting for Dallas.