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The Miami Heat just can’t stop losing.First, they lost to the new look Knicks. Then, last Thursday, a hellish fourth quarter collapse against Orlando. Friday, the Spurs put them away, no problem.
And on Sunday, Miami lost in Chicago on the last possession. Who would talk the last shot? Both LeBron and Wade gave it a try, and neither hit the mark.
After the game, there were some tears in the locker room, but more importantly, Dwyane Wade with some uncharacteristic snark. From the AP:
“The Miami Heat are exactly what everyone wanted, losing games,” Wade said. “The world is better now because the Heat is losing.”
In the Nike ad that revisited “The Decision”, LeBron—or at least the fictional LeBron of public record—toyed with the idea of himself as a villain. There were some Twitter allusions to the team as a bunch of bad guys, although these more seemed like good-natured responses to all the preseason enmity. Now, though, with the team still searching for an identity and the Heat outright struggling at the moment, this kind of quote has much more bite to it.
Wade, who has been beloved throughout his career and managed to come through this summer fairly unscathed, has realised that the Heat are the team people love to hate. In the preseason, embracing this role was secondary to their plans for world conquest. It was a joke that would come out in the wash. As it turned out, the Heat have neither won nor won over all the folks they alienated.
Even Wade makes for an easy target. And at this point, it’s not clear that embracing the dark side can serve as any kind of helpful motivation.
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