Compared to OKC, Golden State, Boston, and even freaking Orlando when they were contending, the Heat really don't have the best fans. I mean this is completely embarrassing because this is playoff time. I could care less if this was the regular season especially if they're playing a bad team but when it's the playoffs and practically the entire lower level is empty is very tough to take in. Miami has been always been like that though, there are normally a few empty seats at tipoff, that's at every arena but when the Heat's arena looks like the Bobcats' arena, it's very tough for me to defend Heat fans but i would still do it because i feel it's my fanbase and When people would say "Heat fans are the worst, they don't show up on time, most of their fanbase are bandwagon" I always try to say stupid **** to defend us like "When does showing up to the arena on time determines whether you're the biggest Heat fan of all time? There's other things to do in the arena and you act like the AAA is the only arena who doesn't have a full capacity at gametime, there's always a few empty seats and the Heat fans are bandwagon? So the Heat fans from 1988-2010 just disappeared? They were ghosts, true Heat fans never existed, nope 100% bandwagon? There are far more Heat haters than Heat bandwagoners, our attendance only increased 1,000 the year the big 3 formed so i'll give you that but we're 5th in attendance in 2005, 2006, 8th in 2007 and 5th in 2008 again (the year we went 15-67) and almost every one hated the Heat and were rooting against us so why would they switch from the Lakers to the Heat? Lakers and Celtics will always have them most bandwagon fans in history"
Sounds stupid i know but it really irritated me when people say no Heat fans like myself existed before 2010. I mean that's absolutely insane and when people try to discredit the fans by not showing up on time and i would defend them but there are times when i really can't. We honestly don't have the best overall fanbase, fans are cocky, classless and annoying which makes the true Heat fans look bad, which was the case i would make. Don't mix the cocky glory hunters with the real fans. True Heat fans are the best, they truly are and at one point, we did have a great fanbase. It was so loud in the Miami Arena and the first years into the AAA during the Zo/Hardaway/Brown/Mashburn era and when we made the playoffs in 04 in Wade's first season and the AAA was in a sea of black and the fans were roaring. When we switching to the white hot theme, it was the same way and it was kinda loud in 06 when we made that comeback in the finals but ever since then, our fanbase has been downgrading. There's more empty seats than full seats in the RS and sometimes in the playoffs.
The AAA still has it nights and it's one of the louder arenas in the NBA, especially in the playoffs but it's nowhere as loud as OKC, Golden State and Bosotn. Maybe i have a real explanation, maybe the die-hard true Heat fans are in the upper level seats while the tourists, bandwagoners and some true fans mixed in are at the upper level because i sat upper level and it was deafening and it wasn't a playoff game. I know the Heat has a lot of bandwagon fans, every teams does and since we won the championship last season, more started popping out of nowhere but i still believe that there are a lot of true Heat fans, including on this forum, who would still ride and die with their team.
Now back to the AAA. Like i said above, Miami has always been like that, there's always a few empty seats by the time the game starts but @#!*% the other night it was looking like we were playing the Raptors or some ish. That really does need to change because the AAA has it nights when it's the loudest arena in the NBA and those empty seats makes the fanbase look bad, despite the times i was in denial about it. We don't have the best fans who represents Heat nation so we'll just have to work with the ones who does represent it!
I do believe we need to get rid of that orange in the seating arena. it does look pretty but it looks awkward when we adopt to the white hot atmosphere in the postseason and it looks awkward period. It stands out the most. Either they need to go all black seats, all red steats or change the playoff theme. I personally like the all-black atmosphere better we did a few years ago and back in 04.
Miami just needs to show more passion and hostility, we should be loud during the entire game, not just when we go on a 13-0 run or when Wade lobs to LeBron for a oop.