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Heat’s James swipes at critics

Published: Tue, June 14, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.



LeBron James of the Heat hangs his head during the third quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Sunday, June 12, 2011. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/MCT)

Associated Press


There were seven seconds left in the NBA season and the Dallas Mavericks were already beginning their championship celebration when LeBron James started slowly walking toward Dwyane Wade, his right hand outstretched.

A quick embrace, and with that, the offseason began.

For the Miami Heat, it’s time to regroup.

Changing locales did not bring immediate change to the ultimate outcome for James, whose eighth NBA season and first in Miami ended the same way as the previous seven in Cleveland — without a championship.

He took a swipe at those who criticized him and the Heat not long afterward, saying the quality of their lives will not improve because he failed to win a title. Truth is, without that ring, he won’t reach the stratosphere he’s longed for, either.

“There’s no distractions that can stop me from trying to chase an NBA championship,” James said Sunday night, after the final game.

No, but something always seems to stop him from winning one.

In 2007, his first finals appearance was a sweep against San Antonio, a team that was simply better. This time, the Heat had the home-court edge, were widely perceived as favorites and came into the finals flying high after needing only 11 games to get past Boston and Chicago.

Then, thud.

A Game 1 win was followed by a Game 2 collapse, and the series was never really the same again as Dallas won four of the final five contests.

“It was a memorable season, in terms of a group of guys coming together for a common goal to sacrifice a lot of things that they’re comfortable with,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It was a hard-working, lunch-pail-type-mentality group that came to work every day to try to chase down this dream.

“There’s an emptiness when you don’t reach your goal. There’s nothing we can say right now that will make that pain go away. Maybe it’s as simple as it being a rite of passage before we have to move on and take the next step.”

So where to begin, then?

James said Sunday night that he’ll spend the summer getting better. Wade expressed the same sentiments. Changes will be made to the roster at some point, with the Heat looking to upgrade at point guard, center, the bench or all of the above.

And whenever next season begins, be it October or delayed by a lockout, James and the Heat will face the same situation they did in the season’s final game: Win or bust.


1mrblue(1136 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Gee----thats too bad. I guess you will have to wait awhile longer to be considered in the class of Jordan, Johnson, Byrd, Irving and others---if ever. The way you handled yourself a year ago is the reason you have so many critics.

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2computer_rick(137 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

A guy asks LeBron...
"Hey, can I get change for a buck?"

LeBron says...
"Let's see, one, two, three, nope, I don't have a FOURTH QUARTER!!!".


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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

This sums up his pitiful character:

"All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. So they can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they got to get back to the real world at some point."

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4reader1(19 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I did not burn my Lebron jersey because i don't have one.But he is right, in a week or two everyone has to go back to their daily lives and Lerbron is going to go back to his. As a matter of fact some people have already returned to their daily activities as you can see by the those who have made their daily comments.

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5redvert(2173 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

In a attempt to get his mind off of basketball, Lebron bought a new set of golf clubs. What brand you ask, TITLEIST of course!!!

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6Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago


"But he is right, in a week or two everyone has to go back to their daily lives and Lerbron is going to go back to his."

A week or two?? Try like now.

"As a matter of fact some people have already returned to their daily activities as you can see by the those who have made their daily comments. "

And as a matter of fact others have returned to their daily activities "commenting" about others daily comments. The article is about James in case you didn't know.

So "reader" In other words James says your life still sucks compared to mine... and your happy with that. Go figure.

No guts. No team spirit. No loyalty. No class. No heart. Nothing but hype. And a lot of snotty complaints and girlish whining.

And the funny thing "reader" is I never watch the NBA and could care less but I take exception to a so called superstar talking down to fans, who pay his salary and buy his endorsements, and his followers acting like he is a some real king. smh

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