I'm going to be honest: I can't get behind the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. I'm not sure this is a controversial position, exactly, seeing as their televised assembly couldn't have been less popular if it had finished with LeBron James waking up and realizing the whole thing had been a dream, or had it, but because my all-time favorite baseball team happened to have three MVP candidates itself—the 2004 MV3 Cardinals, with Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, and Scott Rolen, not to mention Larry Walker—I feel a need to make the distinction loudly and clearly.â†µ
The primary distinction: Jim Edmonds was not an MVP candidate before he reached the Cardinals, and Scott Rolen just so happened to be a pariah in Philadelphia, which does not have a great relationship with its star athletes, aside from Chase Utley.
The secondary distinction: Stardom in the NBA is different from stardom in Major League Baseball. The Miami Heat as they exist in 2011 seem almost claustrophobically stacked with star players; after James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh there simply aren't any more shots to go around, which is why their fourth-leading scorer has a third as many field goal attempts as their third-leading scorer. No matter how good Pujols, Edmonds, and Rolen were, Roger Cedeno always had to bat eventually, to my endless chagrin.â†µ