In sports, it is often difficult for fans to put aside their personal feelings towards a team or player while watching them.
That is currently the case for the Miami Heat.
Entering Tuesday, the Heat were on the verge of losing in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs with game 6 to be played that night. With about one minute left in that game, Facebook and Twitter exploded with fans taking various shots at the Heat and LeBron James for what appeared to be their final minute of playing basketball this season.
What wound up happening is Ray Allen hitting a three pointer with seconds remaining in the quarter to send the game into overtime. The Heat went on to win the game by 3 in overtime and force a game 7 on Thursday.
Looking back on my Facebook news feed, the tone was no different.
There were posts filled with criticism of the Heat, James, and the officiating. Perhaps the humorous post I saw is one that said Michael Jordan wouldn’t have choked in the fourth quarter. Obviously taking a shot at James.
What’s funny about that post is that the Facebook user who posted the post must not have been paying too much attention as it was James who was leading the Heat back.
The point of this article is simple.
It is okay for fans not to like a particular team or player. However, said fans need to be knowledgeable enough to recognize when a team is simply playing a great game. The game was not fixed, there is no ulterior motive by the NBA, the Heat simply played great basketball on Tuesday.
You don’t have to like James and certainly you don’t have to like the Heat. But, at least respect James and his teammates when they do something incredible, and yes, there performance on Tuesday was incredible.