Los Angeles Lakers Can Relate To the Rash of Miami Heat Hate in the NBA

The Miami Heat can barely celebrate their new-found status as NBA championship contenders, because they are to busy fending off numerous attacks from fans and the media.

The moves that brought LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Florida instantly catapulted the Heat into the upper-echelon of the Eastern Conference, but it has also made Miami the most despised team in the NBA.

All I can say is, "welcome to the big leagues."

As a follower of the Los Angeles Lakers it's easy to relate to the negativity Miami is receiving, but Heat fans could probably do a better job of containing their fury.

The Lakers have been dealing with the type of scrutiny Miami is confronted with for decades, but any true Lakers fan understands that contempt comes with the territory, especially when you are successful.

Los Angeles was the odds-on favorite to win last season's championship, but there were few people outside of the purple and gold realm who felt they would actually win it.

Every regular season game became an illustration as to why the Lakers were unworthy to hoist their second consecutive title, and although most of the criticism was pure Lakers' hate, there were some valid points found in the arguments.

Right now Heat fans seem to be backed in a corner, and they have come out swinging, but in their fury some very legitimate concerns about the team's makeup that are being dismissed as hate.

One of the greatest concerns for the Lakers last season was their defensive vulnerability at the point guard position, and many observers felt this was the Lakers' fundamental flaw.

Admittedly this was a serious concern, but Lakers' fans were well aware of this, and even though it was a thorn in the side of many, it was also an issue fans accepted as truth.

Most observers feel that the lack of a dominant inside presence will be the Miami super team's krypto...

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