With their visit to Minneapolis Friday, the Heat has completed their tour of 28 arenas as the most hated team in America.
LeBron James got roundly booed as he was announced. Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” blared over the sound system at Minneapolis' Target Center as the Heat were introduced.
“Everyone has really bought into this 'hate the Miami Heat' thing," said James. “That’s OK. It’s just basketball.”
Some locales are more hostile than others. The Dec. 2 visit to Cleveland was probably the most intense non-playoff environment the players had ever experienced. Chris Bosh’s first visit to Toronto was filled with jeers and a bizarre conclusion when Bosh got cheered for blowing kisses to the crowd.
But for the most part the routine goes like it did Friday night in Minneapolis. There were boos during warm-ups and for the first few minutes. But after awhile, the fans forgot about it and became enraptured by the Heat’s overall star power.