So I'm driving around today and I heard some NBA clown on the radio today that bugged me. And I heard another guy who bugged me at first, but then I decided it didn't care. The latter guy said the Bulls were "maxing out there talent" and the Heat were really much more talented. At first, I was like, WTF, we just swept them. And we've got plenty of talent. But then I thought, isn't that just another way of saying the Heat are less than the sum of their parts? Which pretty much everyone agrees with? The first guy though, was totally clueless. The host of the show pointed out that while, say, the Bulls dynasty was cheered most everywhere it went except NY, Detroit and Indiana, and even the Spurs fans gave respectful cheers for the abilities of the Lakers yesterday, the Heat are universally disliked. The clown the host was talking to said it's just because people like to bring people down, and hate on things instead of being fans these days. Let me propose a much simpler solution. The Bulls and Lakers commanded respect from and gave enjoyment to fans because they were/are great teams that have won something significant. The Heat haven't done anything to earn anyone's respect. And for that matter, they've done more to irritate people in their short existence than the Bulls did in a decade. On the whole, fans are very forgiving of folks who win and provide them lots of enjoyment. Shit, Kobe Bryant was somewhat credibly accused of raping someone, and he's back to being one of the most popular players in the league. Fans are quite a bit less forgiving of guys who tout themselves as the biggest thing since sliced bread and end up getting their asses kicked. Isn't this a simpler explanation?