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Some words LeBron might want to eat

Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:29 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 12:56 am
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Posted by Royce Young lebron-cant-look

MIAMI -- “I don’t want to sit here and be the coach of Oklahoma City, but I seen a lot of things that could have been done better.”

That's what LeBron James said after the Thunder blew a 15-point lead in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals to the Mavericks.

Ahem. If I printed that off, would you like to eat that, LeBron?

Seven minutes left, Miami up 88-73. That's 15 points. Granted, Oklahoma City blew its lead in just five minutes (take that!), but I suppose the point is the same. Well, I don't think you need me to lay it out for you.

Now, I suppose you might be saying, "But Royce, shouldn't you eat your own words? You just wrote about how the Heat are a bunch of super-closers." And you'd be right. I can't decide what's going to taste better -- blue or black ink? But I also said this in that piece:

"They're closing games with impressive style. Now, it's about closing a series. They've got a leg up on the Mavericks 1-0. As goes anything with the Heat, one failure and all this good will flies out the door. One instance of not closing, and finishing poorly, and everyone is ready to write and talk about their problems."

The Heat totally blew this one, no doubt. Their possessions were poor, they didn't play defense and Dirk totally Dirk'd them. At the same time, though, they kind of did their thing. They just missed some of the shots that have been dropping. All of that closing stuff is still applicable. It's not like they just forgot how to do it. Like I said, they aren't going to finish every single time.

What's real, though, is that they have been finishing in impressive fashion. They did this exact same thing to the Bulls in game 5 of the Eastern Finals. This time, however, the Mavericks beat them at their own game.

The lesson here, as always: Winning is hard. Especially when you're playing Dirk.
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Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:28 am
 

Some words LeBron might want to eat

ZABER is absolutely right.  Why is it so difficult for LeBron lovers to understand?  Before the "Decision" I loved watching LeBron and rooted for him.  He's a physical talent who was approaching NBA immortality.  I rooted for greatness even though I didn't have an NBA team.  Nor did I care a bit that he might be leaving Cleveland.  I mean, who would want to live in Cleveland if they didn't have to?

Yeah, I would have liked to have seen him take on the Knick challenge, and Chicago seemed like a good choice as well, but I was even okay with his going to Miami.  Yeah, it showed he didn't quite want the responsibility of being The Man--but okay, that was his choice.

But it was HOW HE WENT ABOUT THE WHOLE THING that turned me (and millions of others) from a LeBron fan to hoping he'll rip his knee up.  Insulting his home town by staging the ridiculously arrogant "Decision" on national TV?  Having a huge party to celebrate as if they'd already one the title?  Blaming legitimated blowback on "racisism"?  Give me a break! 

He brought all of this on himself--not because he left Cleveland, but because he revealed himself to be a cowardly, whining, preening, narcissistic A**hole.  He can win ten NBA titles with Miami, and he'll still be a loser in my book.



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:41 am
 

Some words LeBron might want to eat

Why so much hate? You need to let go the fact that he left Cleveland. Afterall he is not the first big name NBA player to ever leave a team. Labron is a monster on the court, a very humble guy and I'm sure Miami will rebound from this loss and no doubt about it.  All he's trying to do is win a champioship and there is nothing wrong with that. I've seen a bunch of big name players that ended up not winning a championship until they retire because of showing to much loyalty to their team. I'm sure most of these playes now wish they had made the Labron's move. "STOP THE HATE"



No, most people outside of Cleveland don't give a rat's tookus that he left Cleveland.  Its the way he did it.  He SHOULD have let his agent release a statement, as is the usual, and then the Heat should have held a press conference where they hand him his Heat jersey, and he mouths some platitudes about being excited to be in Miami, yada-yada.

What he decided to do was present himself as being bigger than the game or any team with that asinine "The Decision" spectacle.. and then a couple of days later the Heat throw an even more asinine celebration anointing the three players as the greatest ever, including several insulting Biblical references.

If LeBron had signed with Miami and played there this year without all of the nonsense, nobody would have given a crap about him leaving Cleveland except the Cavs fans.  His self-importance is what draws the well-deserved disgust from NBA fans.

THAT is why people hate LeBron and want him to fail, and that won't change until he learns some humility - like when an ordinary guy dunks on him, letting the guy keep the tape instead of confiscating it to keep LeBron's feelings from getting hurt.
 



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:55 am
 

Some words LeBron might want to eat

Why so much hate? You need to let go the fact that he left Cleveland. Afterall he is not the first big name NBA player to ever leave a team. Labron is a monster on the court, a very humble guy and I'm sure Miami will rebound from this loss and no doubt about it.  All he's trying to do is win a champioship and there is nothing wrong with that. I've seen a bunch of big name players that ended up not winning a championship until they retire because of showing to much loyalty to their team. I'm sure most of these playes now wish they had made the Labron's move. "STOP THE HATE"



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:15 am
 

Some words LeBron might want to eat

I'd love to see him eat those words as he watches the Dallas Mavericks celebrate their NBA Championship! This guy has such a big ego for someone who hasn't won anything!



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 3:44 am
 

Some words LeBron might want to eat

this is a bit like the Chicago-Heat series, in reverse. A big first game for the Bulls, who then folded like cheap lawn chairs.  Dallas is ain interesting team. The 11 turnovers in the 2nd and 3rd quarter were mostly unforced. A point Hubie Brown made several times in the radio broadcast. They started to execute in the 4th. And when they do that, as they did every game against LA, they are a very tough team to handle. Ive been saying the Mavs bench is good.....important. And it was tonight. But when Terry starts to find his shot, and there is ball movement, like in the 4th (and to a degree in the opening quarter) this dallas team is the best offensive team in the NBA. They play decent team defense. Stevenson is the only real defender...man on man, but the rest of experienced and play fundamentally sound defense. I can see Dallas taking three straight, but Im guessing two out of three, meaning it goes back to Miami.  Will be interesting to see if LBJ and Wade can suck it up now in Big D.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:58 am
 

The making of a champion

This year in the first round, the Mavericks faced a young, battered but still talented Blazer team. After taking games one and two in Dallas, they dropped game three in Portland. In game four of that series the Mavericks had a 23 point lead only to see an inspired Blazer team behind Brandon Roy come all the way back to win the game in the last seconds. The Mavericks returned to Dallas stunned.

This was their turning point in the season. This was the moment for a team to become demoralized and disorganized. What did the Mavericks do? Well they rallied and not only took game five in Dallas but game six back in Portland as well. After this they beat the Lakers four straight and the Thunder four to one in games to get to the finals.

Now the shoe is on the other foot. Now it is the Miami Heat that must recover. The Mavericks have come from 15 down to win game two in Miami and return to friendly Dallas for games three, four and five, Hold home court and the series is over. For the Heat it is gut check time. They have to win one of these three to return to Miami. This is their moment to face adversity. Sure their series with Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago were tough, hard fought games. But they only lost one game to each. Can they regroup in Dallas? Stay tuned for the making of a champion.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:12 am
 

Some words LeBron might want to eat

I don't see the HEAT coming back from this. This was devastating.  I think it's over.  The coach needs to be FIRED and Riley brought back.  They can win starting in 2013- because if Dallas wins this year- they should get 2- because that's the way the NBA rolls.  Tonight, the HEAT just cost themselves 2 years before LeBron gets a title.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:09 am
 

Some words LeBron might want to eat

You don't think he would say the Heat could have done things better?  What exactly is your point?



Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:30 am
 

Some words LeBron might want to eat

LeBron should've passed to Chalmers, who was wide open for a standard three at the buzzer. But he chose to pass to Wade instead, who threw up a running prayer from farther out. Didn't Chalmers just hit the only Heat FG in the final 3-4 minutes seconds before? Why is a poor shot from a "superstar" bettwr than a very good shot from a "non-superstar" but still a very good player? But then again, better defense and better shot selection in that final 4+ minutes would have served the Heat much better. Dirk was the ONLY superstar on the floor in that final 5 minutes.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:43 am
 

Some words LeBron might want to eat

Do you think LeBron will look back at the 15 point shift and note that he completely screwed 2 of the last 3 possesions? 


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