As far as hating the Heat goes, I was fully on that train during the 10-11' season. I bought into the whole thing about LeBron being the worst person ever, even though, in hindsight, it's pretty obvious that The Decision was as much a strategic blunder on the part of his PR crew as it was on his, and that he likely didn't think of the idea on his own. After the Mavs upset Miami, though, my feelings towards them went from hate to "I'd rather they not win, but I don't really despise them". So, although I rooted against them, I wasn't all that upset that Lebron and his team won a pair of rings. I do believe that he is the best player in the league today, even if I tend to think that the "he has no help" argument has kinda fallen flat since he left the Cavs. I think during the first year in Miami, he got too caught up in the hype surrounding the Heat, but he wasn't alone (*coughcoughWadecoughcoughEspncoughcough*) and he doesn't really strike me as all that bad of a guy. Perhaps his on-court conduct isn't great, but I love watching Pierce, KG, and Rondo play, and they've also said/done things that I found foolish. My rooting for the Spurs this year, was more about the fact that I prefer how that team is structured to how Miami's is. With the Heat, you get a team that seems to live or die based on the performances of their 3 stars. The rumors about the Heat trying to acquire Melo only fed into my perception that the team building approach of Miami's FO is simply "get more superstars through FA". Perhaps it's a valid strategy, but it's simply not the type of team that I like to watch. In contrast, the Spurs team structure is one that's more reliant on the collective performance of the team, and I really admire that.