To many, the Miami Heat represent everything that's wrong with sports. They were assembled in a way that made people uneasy, promised greatness, then didn't deliver in their first year. They stacked the deck in such a way that makes people uneasy. They are led by a star in LeBron James that lots of people don't like.
But winning a championship is so, so hard. There's no easy path to the top, as the last two years have proven. The Heat have gotten here after tons of adversity, showing composure many felt they would never show. The path, in short, was hard, just like all paths are hard.
That's what makes the moment a title is secured so special. In Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals, that moment came before the final buzzer. Here's what the Heat crowd sounded like after James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were taken out for the final time in this series.
No matter how you feel about the Heat, that's a special moment.
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