SNYDER: Hate the Heat if you will, but LeBron and Co. are worth watching

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They criticized James and Bosh for signing to form a super team with Wade, but didn’t credit the Big Three for accepting less money to do so. There’s been plenty of talk about their egos but not as much about their on-court sacrifices — blending and repressing their individual talents — to benefit the whole. For players held up as the epitome of selfishness, they are willing passers who share the ball and don’t fret over which teammate gets the last shot.

Adore them or abhor them, they’re fun to watch. And we should enjoy it while we can because this could be the final act.

Win or lose against the Spurs, I wouldn’t leave Miami if I was James. The Heat will continue to draw players willing to co-star and fill supporting roles. Living in a tropical climate with no state income tax are added bonuses. So is having Pat Riley in charge of basketball operations.

James is on the verge of leading his team to a third consecutive title, a feat accomplished by only George Mikan, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan and O’Neal. If successful once again against this improved Spurs team, James will be positioned to join Russell as the only players to win at least four straight.

However, for sheer drama, it would be delectable if James took his talents elsewhere next season.

I don’t think Heat owner Micky Arison would issue a childish screed, or fans would burn No. 6 jerseys in the street, or James would call Jim Gray for “The Decision II.” But teams would put on an all-out blitz and it would be fascinating to see if James could be part of another championship formula with a different cast of characters.

Strange as it is, America’s love-hate relationship with James and whichever team employs him will continue.

Whether they’re underdogs or favorites, you can bet on that.

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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett’s 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at deronwashtimes@gmail.com.

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