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Posted by WB3 on 11 July 2014 - 01:58 PM
It's been a while since I've made a thread and this past season has by far been my least active since I joined the boards in 2008, but for those who don't know me I've been a Heat fan for a while now, since 2004 to be exact.
Now for those who do know me, they know I'm as passionate about this team, this franchise as they come. Right now, like a lot of you, there's a ton running through my head and there's no better place to air it out than here, I don't know if it'll help me or any of you, regardless, here's my thoughts.
This past season has just been a tough one all around. Amnestying Mike Miller, Wade's injury struggles, being absolutely dismantled in the NBA Finals and now having LeBron leave and probably Chris Bosh, wouldn't be surprised if he's gone by the time I post this.
At first, obviously I was shocked, angered, a little depressed and still feel a mixture of a lot of those emotions, but overall, I feel grateful. I know this feeling might not be mutually exclusive with the whole fanbase, but we had 4 great, historic, memorable years that most teams and their fans, not only in basketball, but sports in general don't get to experience.
From the first season of the Big 3 era with the theme being us against the world, to 2012 winning our first chip since 06 on our homecourt in front of our fans, to 2013 running off a legendary 27 game winning streak and beating the San Antonio Spurs in what was IMO, the greatest Finals of all-time, to repeat as champions to even this season. This team became more than a team, they became a brotherhood, and I loved every second of it. I loved and still do love the fanbase and interacting with them, through times of pain and times of glory.
We accomplished a lot with this group. The Miami Heat, no matter what anyone says, are forever sketched in NBA history. We left our mark. Sure, it feels like it may have been cut-short, but this was so close to never happening, I'm just thrilled that it did. 4 consecutive NBA Finals, something that hasn't been done in what, 30 years? That's incredible, if you would have told me in 2008 or 2009 that this team would accomplish that, I would have called you crazy.
So hold your heads up high Heat fans. This team has been great for us, you couldn't ask for anything more. From the top to the bottom of the organization, complete and total class. None of this was promised.
The Big 3 era may have come to close, but it's time for a new era. I believe in Pat Riley and Micky Arison, I trust they're working on a Plan B and start to something that could be special as we speak. This team can and will recover from this, believe that. It's only a matter of when.
In closing,I just want to thank everyone who has been a part of this. From the team, to the coaching staff, to the management and ownership, to even the reporters, the forums and especially the fanbase. It's been amazing and I look forward to many years more of Miami Heat basketball.
Posted by Tim Duncan on 16 June 2014 - 08:51 AM
I first came here to this message board last year--after the Miami Heat defeated my team, the San Antonio Spurs, in the 7th game. I came here to congratulate Miami--the Heat organization--the Heat fans--and the players. It was with a heavy heart that I did so. It is not easy when you see your team go down to defeat.
I return today to once again pay homage to the Miami Heat organization. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever in my mind that Lebron James stays in Miami--that Pat Riley gets a few other role players to help him--and that next year, I would not doubt seeing reduced playing time for both Bosh and Wade as they head towards the playoffs.
For what its worth--last year--when we lost to Miami--Spurs fans went ballistic and were calling for the Spurs to not re-sign Manu to another contract--or Tiago Splitter.
It is absolutely natural after a defeat to look for major changes.
I was glad that--aside from signing Marco Bellenini from the Bulls--and giving Patty Mills more playing time in the regular season so that he could develop his skills and confidence--that really is the bulk of the changes that the team made.
So--when Manu and Tiago Splitter were both re-signed--Spurs fans went crazy. In hindsight now, I think that the Spurs front office knew what it was doing.
Your front office knows what to do as well.
Your team went to the NBA Finals 4 times--and I would not be at all surprised to see Miami in the finals next year as well for a 5th straight appearance.
It might even be another re-match.
Whatever the case--I know how you guys all feel. You have a great team.
And I have a feeling that our teams will meet again very soon.
Best wishes from San Antonio...
Posted by Joe B. on 16 September 2014 - 09:30 AM
Photo Credit: David Dow
At 1:00pm EST in this thread, I will be giving away a signed Chris Bosh jersey! I will ask one trivia question and whomever gets it right first will be the winner.
Please note that you must live in the U.S. since your prize will be mailed to you and you can’t win the same prize in the same month.
Come back at 1:00pm EST for your chance to win!
Posted by WB3 on 11 July 2014 - 11:54 AM
Well, back to where we started boys. Shout-out to everyone who was here before the Big 3 and is still here, the rest can kick rocks. Thanks LeBron and probably Bosh as well, for the 4 years they've given us. Those are GREAT memories and they helped take our team to new heights. With that said, it's time or a new era. Looking forward to it.
Posted by Nolio on 30 June 2014 - 05:27 PM
This is more of a rant than a discussion about anything, but...
First and foremost, I'll say that he's a Hall of Famer, one of the greatest bball minds to play at the pg position and he's done a great job throughout his career of elevating his game and making others better.
With that being said....
Fk him, I have very little (if any) respect for him. Jason Kidd is easily among the top 5 players I despise in league history and here's why:
1. He's a woman beater.
2. He "gave away" his olympic gold medal to the wife of the owners of his Las Vegas hotel, in which he stayed in the suite there. The coaches of the olympic teams don't receive medals. There were players lined up to play on the team and he was grandfathered on there. He gave his medal away to a woman who probably never touched a basketball in her life.
3. He forced his way out of Brooklyn after they gave him an opportunity that most players never get. An opportunity most coaches don't get. Only to go to a team in a worse situation and steal another man's job.
If I saw Jason Kidd on fire in a dark alley, I'd grab some marshmallows and make smores. There are more reasons why I don't like him, but those are my top 3.
Posted by schizo on 24 December 2011 - 04:52 PM
This new year brings us a whole new look and home!
Last year's Video Game Thread created by our very own HEAT Board Veteran, WB3, was a great place for gamers to congregate and discuss their favorite games. It held well over 1300 replies and 18,000 views.
It was one of, if not the most active thread throughout the entire course of the year.
I'd like to honor that thread by retiring and placing it within our Threads HoF.
I'd also like to propose a new tradition among us;
Every year we create a new thread where we discuss our favorite games. Each leading up to an end of the year Annual Game Event where we can list nominations and vote on the year's best games and vote/rate on them according to category.
It's going to be a lot of fun this 2012 and this is just my proposal to you gamers out there.
Just something I thought we would all enjoy.
As always, objections/suggestions are always welcomed.
Let's Fawkin' HOOOO HEAT!!!
Posted by Joe B. on 20 April 2015 - 09:23 AM
Photo Credit: NBA/E
HEAT Nation – on behalf of everyone at the Miami HEAT organization, we want to say thank you for your unwavering support this season. Thank you for packing the arena night after night. Thank you for sticking with us. You are quite simply the best.