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LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 2:09 pm
 
LeBron James says the Miami Heat are "starting to taste" a title. Posted by Ben Golliver. lebron-james-wall

DALLAS -- The Miami Heat are halfway home, up two games to one over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.

For Heat forward LeBron James, two more wins will mean his first ring and validation for his decision to skip out of Cleveland to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh

"Of course we’re starting to taste it," James said following Miami's morning shootaround in advance of Tuesday night's Game 4. "But we’ve got a lot of work. This game tonight is going to be extremely hard, just like Game 3, just like Game 2, just like Game 1."

As that goal gets closer, the noise level seems only to increase.

On Monday, Mavericks guard Jason Terry publicly questioned whether James would be able to continue guarding him late in games and Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson called the Heat "actors"

James acknowledged that he had heard Terry's comments, but played them off.

"Those guys have a right to say what they want to say," James said. "For me and D-Wade and for our team, we just try to go out and play our game, let our game do the talking. It’s not about listening to clips, those guys have the right to say want to say."

Over the weekend, James made it clear that Mavericks forward Shawn Marion couldn't stop him individually on defense, that it would take a team concept. He used a similar line of thinking, but in reverse, to frame Miami's defense on Terry.

"It’s no one on one match-up between me and [Terry]," James said. "I don’t get involved in that. I just go out there and execute what we need to do.

"It’s a team game. Defensively we all have to be in tune. Not only on Jason Terry, but on Dirk, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Shawn Marion." 

James' teammates scoffed at the notion that James, who is playing nearly 44 minutes per game in the postseason, would have trouble keeping up with Terry.

"He’s not going to wear down," Wade said.

"You gotta let sleeping dogs lie sometimes," Bosh added. "But maybe [Terry is] trying to get himself going, and maybe that's what he looks for."

But Terry isn't James' only detractor. Some here in Texas have questioned whether James' ring will be cheapened if Wade wins Finals MVP. That scenario would bolster the "James is only a sidekick for hire" argument that developed immediately after James decided to leave Cleveland.

"That’s ridiculous," James said. "I’m here to win. That’s all it’s about. Individual accolades take care of itself. I’ve got two MVP trophies sitting in my back house in Ohio. I haven’t won anything. It’s all about a team game, this is the ultimate team prize right here and that’s trying to win the NBA championship. I don’t really care, I could trade in my last two MVP trophies to have a ring."
 
James noted that he's been passed over for awards before.

"I would have started a long time ago playing golf or playing tennis if I wanted to be an individual guy. I’ve always loved team sports... Even though I was the best player on the team my little league coach gave everybody on the team an MVP trophy at the end of the year. That’s just how I was brought up."

Despite that strange and vivid flashback to an apparent childhood snub, James was ultimately convincing when he talked about his single-minded focus on the title.

"It’s here for us," he said without any trace of unnecessary excitement.

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Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:22 am
 

Winning Title Won't Validate Anything for James

Unless by "validate" the author means proving that LeBron needed to play with a better player to win a title.  That at least would be clear.  The two best players in this series are Wade and Nowitzki, with LeBron a distant third.  And nothing will validate the way James made his move--with the ridiculous TV special and arrogant hoopla, rather than having the ounce of class it would have taken to notify the team that had paid him millions and millions of dollars to not get it done for seven years.



Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:26 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

Dirk's been so concerned about Cuban repeating the mistakes of 2006, being a distraction, and giving the Heat more bulletin board material that he forgot to put a muzzle on his teammates. The last thing they want to see is LeBron playing with a chip on his shoulder the way he did against Boston.

Of course, the Heat don't want to see that either. They want him playing within the team's philosophy. And he's been doing just that throughout the playoffs. That's why their still winning.



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:09 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

I would have liked to see LBJ winning a title wherein he's the main man. I think this is the scenario that  every basketball fan wanted to witness. It's sad to say that as great as a player LBJ is (best basketball player in the world right now in my opinion) if they win the title he will just be one of the components. The argument that if there was no Wade or Bosh in his team but rather supported with role players...would he have gotten a ring?...this question will linger forever.



Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:52 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

dream on...you must be a heat fan.  he is a great player, but is not a leader.  They will win 1...maybe 2, but that is it.  the Bulls will surpass them next year as they are an improving team.  this is the best that the heat will get.  they better hope they win now because this window is going to close fast.  the Bulls were close in the games they lost.  with time and experience, they will dismiss the heat yearly


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Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:24 pm
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Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:16 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

makes me sick to say this, but I just feel like there is no way miami can be stopped.  Unless dallas starts shooting lights out and putting up 110 a game, it just not gonna happen.  The way that lebron and wade penetrate the lane and finish, or dish out to shooters, is just too much for dallas to handle.  I really really wanted to see miami go down and see lebron not get his stupid ring, but its most likely gonna happen



Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:07 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

 , Mavs by 12?!?

How much you want to bet on that? Dumbass.



Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:05 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

Lebron and the HEAT had the 76ers for breakfast, Celtics for lunch, Bulls for dinner, and now Dork NOringski and the Mavs for dessert, BITTER SWEET!


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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:52 pm
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Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:40 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

HateBoston&LA, you are the dumbest poster I've ever seen.  Barea and Peja have a combined 15 points in 3 games. Peja has ONE, ONE freakin basket in three games.  Ease off the crack pipe before you post again.  This is the first time Dallas has played a team that can actually play defense and it has really exposed a bench that was scoring well against soft defenses.  Now look at them... Terry is 2 points below his season average and the other two are complete non factors.  You have annoyed everyone through the entire playoffs.  Would you please be so kind as to SHUT UP and let the actual sports fans talk about sports?



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