The Crying Game

I really do get tired of talking about Lebron James and the Miami Heat. Seriously, I do… but come on now.

Crying? We are talking about a 4 game losing streak in March. We are also talking about a team currently 23 games over .500. And they are crying?

First of all, why in the world would Erik Spoelstra spill locker room details like that? What goes on in the locker room is sacred. No player or coach should ever divulge that type of information to the media about his own team. Ever.

If anything, Spoelstra just gave more ammunition for Pat Riley to use when he comes down from the front office. We know the drill, Riles is coming down to save the day because the beloved Coach Spo suddenly is need of a family vacation… but i digress.

Look. grown men cry. If you are a grown man and you say you never cry… mmm okay. maybe you don’t. But men cry more than they ever will admit. it’s just the truth. But here we are, in the midst of Year 1 of the Lebron James and Dwyane Wade circus show, only a few long months from when Lebron stood on a stage during the coronation of what was supposed to be “not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven…” championships. multiple championships the “king” declared. All they had to do was take care of “business” he said. These are his words, and it might be a fair statement if he actually knew what taking care of business meant. Lebron is not stupid, but a champion? Well, he is not that either.

If it was that easy to just “take care of business”, Karl Malone and John Stockton would have done that “multiple” times. So would Patrick Ewing, or Reggie Miller or Charles Barkley. Maybe that’s why Charles called him a “punk” back in the summer.

It just isn’t that easy to simply throw talent on the floor and expect success. You cannot expect success without a great deal of devotion to the details, and this is something that Lebron/Wade/Bosh seemingly forgot. And let’s not excuse Riley and Spoelstra either. Riley, who has been through many NBA battles, threw this team together as if it were a fantasy team and just assumed it would work. I’m not sure why, because it doesn’t take a NBA genius to understand how important team chemistry and leadership is. Spoelstra is proving how over-matched he really is. I respect him as a coach, but really? Calling for Lebron to catch the ball at the top of the key and calling for a clear-out is NOT imaginative offense, especially when it fails over and over and you have a great closer in Dwyane Wade literally sitting in the corner wishing and hoping for the ball. This tale spin is just as much Spoelstra’s fault as it is the players.

The moral of the story today is this, champions might actually cry. They care, they get frustrated. I won’t crush the Heat for that. However, this is their own doing. They have adopted the victim role, except that the sports fan refuses to see $100 million athletes as victims. Wade said sarcastically that “the world is a better now since the Heat is losing.” Yea Dwyane, with that attitude, we are loving watching you lose.

All is not lost for the Miami Heat. There is a lot of basketball left, and maybe they can pull it together. They have the talent to do so, but what most be accomplished is, the Heat need to drop the “everybody hates us and we hate them” act. Because while everyone outside of Miami might hate the Heat, the victim act is wearing thin. It isn’t working for this team.

Crying in March is clear evidence of that.

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