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The Miami Heat, 2013 NBA Champions, Giving Due Credit.

Thursday night the Miami Heat won game 7 of the NBA Finals as you all know by now, so today we celebrate, which will include an epic climax to the celebration, on Monday June 24, with a Miami-style parade through Downtown Miami. I thought I would take advantage of this FanPosts feature, and give proper credit or debit where, at least from my perspective, I see as due.

Credit to Dwayne Wade, who overcame pain that would have probably reduced a lot of us to tears and subdue the most courageous among us. He played aggressively, unselfishly and again showed us all what sacrificing for the glory of your team really means. LeBron James for being LeBron James... what else can you add to that? That says it all. The rest of the Heat players along with the heart and soul of South Florida on the team, UD Haslem, for being the homer on the team. Birdmnan because he soared like an eagle and played with reckless abandon. Head coach Erik Spoelstra, for putting together winning strategy after winning strategy and recognizing those players who were hot and making sure they went on or stayed on the floor while not being shy about benching players who were going through a bit of a struggle.

Credit is also due to the fans, who are the best fans in the world, such as my own daughter Elizabeth, and her boyfriend Diego, who like many of you, are prime examples of fan loyalty, because although living outside South Florida, wear their Heat logos and jerseys with pride at their local sports bars, where they are surrounded by Miami Heat haters who are constantly booing and nagging them them. Finally this blog site, its founder, writers and readers, who were committed to their team, vented their frustration and elation but who through the highs and lows, never stopped following their team and sharing their posts, comments and opinions for readers like me to enjoy. The San Antonio Spurs, the players and their brilliant coach, Gregg Popoich, for playing the most challenging, cleanest and classiest series of the post season. They fought to the last bitter and stressful second of competition which make it all the more memorable because of their talent and resolve.

Debit and a resounding loud "boo", to Heat haters in and out of Miami, who sought to take away from the amazing come from behind game that was game 6 of the finals and tried to shift the focus away from the game and achievement itself, by trying to cast a shadow about Miamians and Heat fans in general, and to those in the local media who were naïve and apologetic and who, whether they knew it or not, contributed to the conspiracy of hate by also minimizing the effort the Heat players displayed by entertaining this pointless distraction.

We reign supreme for a year now and eagerly await the new season in October. I could not be prouder today for having witnessed what we all shared.

This is a fan-created post on HotHotHoops.com. The opinions here are not necessarily those shared by the editorial staff at Hot Hot Hoops.

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