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Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  64 responses

LeBron Clarifies Playing Time Talk

Plus, maybe James should just start avoiding the media?

by Tzvi Twersky@TTwersky

It’s not clear whether LeBron James is having trouble expressing his opinion properly or the press is just misconstruing his words. Either way, the forward would probably be better off if he avoided microphones and recorders for a little while.

On Thursday night, after playing 44 minutes in a tough loss to the Boston Celtics, James said that both he and Dwyane Wade played too much to have any energy left down the stretch. It was hard to take that quote in a positive light, and the media roasted him for it.

Since upsetting the natural order of things on July 8, 2010, by announcing his intentions to leave Cleveland and sign with the Miami Heat on ESPN, James has been lambasted by MSM on more than one or two occasions. And now, it seems, James is growing tired of the backlash. Tired of having his every sentence chopped to bits with a ginsu knife. In speaking with Mike Wallace yesterday before defeating the Toronto Raptors, LeBron pretty much made that clear.

It got blew up out of proportion, saying that I told coach Spo [Erik Spoelstra] that he’s playing me too much and he’s a bad coach,” James said before Miami’s game Saturday against the visiting Toronto Raptors. “You kind of understand sometimes what Randy Moss was talking about when he said, ‘I will not be answering any more questions.’ Because every time I say something, it gets turned out of character.”

Frankly, James isn’t wrong. Some of what he says does “get turned out of character”–though the majority doesn’t.

A part of the media, for whatever reason, currently is not giving him a fair shake.

So maybe James, a 25-year-old two-time MVP, should pull a Randy Moss, let his play do the talking for him, and accept whatever fines the NBA throws his way for shunning the press.

It may be an overly simplistic response to the situation, or it may just be the best decision he’s made this year. Either way, it couldn’t really make things worse for him.

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  • ClydeSays

    I didn’t make too much of it at the time, thinking he was frustrated after a home loss against a rival, but just cop to that, instead of saying you were misquoted. His quote seemed pretty straightforward.

  • fizzbucket

    LeWhine should just not talk to them then. How does he make comments like “I’m making a list of everyone who wasn’t nice to me this summer, I won’t forget!” and then expect everyone to treat him like an angel? He’s a little kid.

  • roy

    There was no trick question,he meant what he said at the time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    So does that mean he’ll also leave his home team too? (Ala Moss and the Vikings)
    Oh wait…

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Or maybe he can stop blaming other people for his shortcomings.

  • Nashty

    ….get turned out of character? Has LeBron been talking to Stephon Marbury lately?

  • mikee

    Maybe he can just start avoiding the NBA, too. How are you helping the game by avoiding the media? Stars have a responsibility of marketing and being role models.

  • kudos

    So we should stop taking lebron quotes seriously? So he didn’t really mean he got tired from playing too much 5-on-5 basketball?

  • wilz

    its like the media was blindly in love for 7 years then they woke up one day and saw the truth. i just wish we hadnt changed the rules in the nba to make it bron-possible

  • LD

    I think everything would be better for him if he didn’t lose so many games.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    First, he whines about playing too may minutes, then makes it worse be saying thats not what he really meant. What else could it mean? He sticks his foot in his mouth every time he opens it. He runs away from all the high pressure situations in a game, so he might as well run from the media too, so he won’t have to answer any questions on why he faded down the stretch, like he tends to do in big games. He’s been used to getting nothing but praise, but I don’t think he had any idea how much people would turn against him when he turned his back on his hometown and his hometown fans. He just can’t handle that people despise him for being a prick. And to me, thats all that he is. When he starts againg, he will be another Vince Carter, basically useless. Because, when he gets to where he can’t just jump over people and blow by defenders, and is forced to take a lot more jumpers, you will see him rapidly decline. He’s had 7 years to get a jumpshot, and he hasn’t got a consistent one, and he never will. Enjoy your prime LeBron, because there won’t be much to witness after you start declining, besides bricked jumpers. If you don’t want to be roasted by the media and by us bloggers, think before you speak, Bron.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    **Aging** excuse my typo

  • Michael

    another excuse? man I’m getting tired of this. why just not man up Lebron?

  • Jay Cutl

    The Promise:

    You must be a Kobe fan. Nevertheless don’t make idiotic comments. LBJ might not be the most savvy media person but VC doesn’t touch his court vision and accomplishments to date.

    At least make intelligent observations. Thnx.

  • JTaylor21

    Hursty, how the hell are the Vikings Randy Moss’s home team? Moron, he was born in West Virgina and the last time I checked sota and WV are two different places. Another lebron hater takes a loss. LONG…LIVE…THE…FU*KING…KING!!!

  • KB8toSG8

    9 days ago, I think he said he and Dwayne loved the game so much that they’d be willing to play for all of the 48 minutes. Fast forward 9 days later and he says he and Dwayne can’t handle more than 40 min. And what’s laughable is the fact that Pau, who is 31 averages a minute more than LeBron (37 mins) for the entire season. Bron could just stop giving excuses or giving contradictory statements within the span of about a week even if “he didn’t mean it.”

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    And once again, jtaylor sticks his foot up his mouth so hard it lodges up his brainstem. What hursty meant was moss played the majority of his career in sota, you unbelievably malignant cretin, and was pointing out the irony of LBJ quoting him. If you need simple things like this explained to you in a daily basis, contact me so I can quit my day job you f*cking excuse for a human being.

  • Brian

    Just like the Nile ad implies LeBron is the victim here. Please stop picking on him.
    That is really funny saying he should avoid the media. He loves the attention. It will never happen.

  • Terrence

    Man he was playing this much in Cleveland, wats he crying about?

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out @JTaylor21.
    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    Witness the best in the league dominate and stop hating Dec/Jan you fools won’t be saying a thing

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    @Jay Cutl: I make intelligent observations, sir, So what, Bron is a better passer. Whoop de doooo. That will be pretty much the only difference between Bron and Vince, when Bron’s prime ends. If he is such a superstar, maybe he shouldn’t worry about passing.

  • whoooo!

    i dunno how dude doesn’t get it. if you want to utilize the media to make ‘the decision’ which NOBODY has done in that fashion, and use them to get other messages out, surely Lebron must realize that the same media doesn’t have to work for him all the time. yes, sometimes they’re gonna bite you (both justifiably or unfairly). just talk less, and let your game do the talking, cuz you know everything you say is gonna be scrutinized – partly because you brought this on yourself, partly because you make for good stories.

  • JTaylor21

    Only Only a freaking kobefanatic would say something as stupid and moronic as “If he is such a superstar, maybe he shouldn’t worry about passing” WOWZER. So I guess that guys like Stockon, Magic, Oscar, Isiah were all regular players because they cared about passing. Maybe that’s why their man-love can regularly take 30+ shots and makes only 10 but gets no blame for a loss.

  • flipnoyce

    I’m surprise he didn’t do another special on ESPN!! Really Lebron, you didn’t meant what you said WOW! Why couldn’t you say something like, AT THIS POINT THE CELTICS ARE STILL A BETTER TEAM THAN WE ARE. THEY FIND WAYS TO BEAT A GOOD TEAM…..Amnesia suddenly hits you because you lost to the CELTICS twice.MAN THE F*** up, everybody knows you a good player, I’m starting to believe Kobe can beat you one on one and I don’t like him either. I don’t want to see another commercial WHAT SHOULD YOU DO, JUST DO IT like NIKE does it but think before you speak!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    @JTaylor: I’m not huge fan of Kobe or LeBron, but Kobe’s accomplishments speak for themselves. And, 3 out of those 4 guys you mentioned were point guards, passing is what they are supposed to do, idiot. LeBron was supposed to be the next Jordan, not a 6’8″ point guard. He is too passive as it is. Kobe has the killer instict, LeBron doesn’t, he proves it quite regularly. Kobe has 5 rings, LeBron has a shoe commercial. Which guy would you rather have? No brainer for me.

  • JTaylor21

    Who the hell compared Bron to MJ when he was coming out of HS? All people were talking about was he becoming the next Magic or Big O not freaking MJ. His passing skills were what everyone raved about not his scoring ability SHERLOCK!!!. Damn people like to act like they know what the hell they’re talking about but instead are not even smarter than a Paris Hilton and Ms. South Carolina convo.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    LeBron was humbled by his legs being tired.

  • playa

    The Promise do you watch basketball? Check out Lebrons stats and tell me hes not a good jump shooter

  • Hammer

    LBJ: “What I meant was…Um…Well…You see…(Clears throat)…I just think that I…(Scrolls thru excuse rolodex)… Dammit! I’m not talking 2 u guys again!”

  • http://Slam Jasmine

    Come On Heat Or LeBron Haters Really Dont Say They Suck Or That There Not Gonna Win Anything This Year There A Brand New Team They Dont Know Each Other As Much As Other Teams Do So It Will Be Harder But Later On In The Season They Will Be Much Better And thats Not A Lie

  • Hammer

    @flipnoyce. Isn’t it ironic,now that u mentioned the lbj/nike ad,that lebron is asking “what should I do?”when he is signed 2 a shoe company who’s motto is “Just do it”? Hahaha

  • EJ

    Or maybe Lebron should stop being an egotistical prick and grow up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    @playa: I watch basketball, and his shooting is streaky at best. So I just told you he is not a good jumpshooter. You happy?

  • Blackphantom

    I’m not sure there’s a point of calling a NBA player that complains about too much playing time “The King”. That simply seems like common sense, but common sense are two words that aren’t acted out all that much when it comes to conversations on this site

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    @JTaylor, well, just about everybody compared him to MJ, especially since he asked for by wearing #23. He got compared to Magic too, but the fact of the matter is, he isn’t either of those guys, cause he just don’t have the competitive fire either of those guys had. He’s a chump, and that will never change in my mind.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    And for the record, he will never even get close to the ring totals of either of those guys.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    So many people on here these days are just plain retarded. Do you ppl not have a life? Do you need to overanalyze and criticize a meaningless quote from lebron? The blind hate is mind boggling.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    So basically Lebron thinks we have no right to infer things about him. Well Lebron what should I do? Should I not draw conclusions about you based on things you say? Should I deny myself the ability to judge? Should i give you a psychology lesson? Should I tell you how much fun it is? Should I really believe you dont deserve to be judged? Mike was judged. Kobe was judged. Should I think you are different? Should I tell you that I am not a fan of yours? Should I accept my roll as an internet troll? Maybe I should just stop typing.Should I ramble on with these stupid questions? They are my questions! Should I be on your jock? Should I show you footage of Cleveland circa 2002 before you showed up? What should I do? Tell me Lebron.

  • BostonBaller

    It’s a long season so leave LBJ alone about silly stuff even though I personally think it’s pointless to even mention playing time since he played a heck of a lot of minutes in Cleveland w/out too many complaints.

  • Michael

    Krishan just punked you bigtime jtaylor, you really gonnna act like it didnt happen…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ^^^ Yes LeBron, what should I do?

  • ItHurts

    I feel so sorry for LeBron, I really do.

  • T-Money

    this site is getting depressingly boring. people need to stop catching feelings. are you really angered by bron’s quotes? like it actually bothers you that he thinks he played too many minutes? i see people huffin and puffin over every single one of his quote, it’s kinda sad. the guys here saying that he shouldn’t run from the press are the same guys wishing that he would shut up forever. the guys saying that he pounds the ball too much are the same guys saying that he defers too much. the guys saying that what miami did was unfair are the same guys predicting that they will never win a championship (how is it unfair then if they’re still not as good as boston and LA?). and the excuse is always that he gets slurped on so much that a balance needs to be restored. riiiiiight. there is a fascination that’s quite perplexing. if you don’t care about what lebron has to say, don’t pay him no mind outside the lines. if you hate his game then this is the place to comment on that. but if you hate him as a person (which is quite ironic) then why do you care about what he has to say?

  • Cool Dude

    BETCATS won the thread. Game over.

  • RedRum

    unless he was misquoted, what he said about his minutes is ridiculous… a 25 year old 2 time MVP should not be complaining he is playing TOO many minutes… end of story

  • All Day

    Nobody is misconstruing the words of LeBronda…those words came out of his damn mouth! I see the LeBronda apologists are attempting to provide cover for him.

  • ai come back

    he played a heck of alot of minutes yea but his cavs bench made the heat bench look like trash i mean r 6th man is out and ur back ups were backup backups who ony plaed garbage minutes

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    The irony is that had Lebron indeed let his play do the talking for him last season against the Celts, much less of this “hate” would have come his way.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Krishan: hilarious. I always loved the insult: cretin.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    BETCATS, THEY ARE MY QUESTIONS!

  • arthur

    BETCATS wins.

  • flipnoyce

    @BETCATS 5:55 comment, Very well said^^^^LMAO, How about when Lebron announced to the world that #23 should be retired. Im fine with that,to do it must mean an honor because of what MJ had accomplished.BUT, Lebron turn around and picked another historic number which is #6 worn none other than The CHIP leader himself MR. Bill Russel. ARe you serious Lebron? have some common sense!

  • Jay Reyes

    “I was gonna say that… but then I got high…” -Afroman

  • tRay

    T-Money said it best. WHO CARES?! Do you people really get so pissed off at what this guy says? He’s just some big a$$ black dude that puts a ball in a basket. Y’all people need to chill seriously.

  • The Philosopher

    Only The King, my brethren.
    That is all that I have to say.
    ONLY The King.
    And, he is proving to still be the very best player on the face of this planet.

  • http://www.twitter.com/HurstySYD Hursty

    Thankyou Krishan.

  • http://slamonline.com Michael Whyte

    Cosign The Philospher
    Cosign Jtaylor21

  • giogolo

    Lebron should just start caring about winning and shut the f00k up. As Air Jordan said. “Just Do It”.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    If LeBron says one thing and the media takes his words out of context, then I have to believe it’s due to some kind of vendetta against James.

    Either that, or the media is desperate.

  • Jackie Moon

    Jtaylor21 is a mental midget.

  • mad max

    yo LBJ! If you average 18, 9, 9 and the Heat are beast…live it up. Shut up and dominate…I would.

  • JalepinoSausage

    props to t-ray & Jackie Moon is a mental midget’s gimp.

  • Justin

    From JTaylor…”Damn people like to act like they know what the hell they’re talking about”. Quite possibly the most hypocritical statement ever made in history. @playa…Quite simply, Lebron is not a good jump shooter. The majority of his baskets come from the break or on drives to the hoop for layups and dunks within the offense. I bet if there was a stat for shots made outside the key you would find his percentage goes down by quite a lot

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