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Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 10:15 am  |  276 responses

LeBron James Thinks He Played Too Many Minutes

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Last night, absolutely everything went terribly wrong for the Miami Heat. The Boston Celtics came into their house and straight punked them.

To make matters worse, unlike the previous disaster against the Utah Jazz, the whole basketball-watching world had tuned in for this one. It didn’t help that TNT’s cameras kept panning over to Pat Riley’s increasingly frustrated mug after each dagger from Boston.

Following the game, after submitting a superhuman performance in the losing effort, LeBron James complained about his playing time.

James looked visibly gassed in the fourth quarter against the Celtics, and thinks he played too many minutes. The message to his already embattled head coach was clear and unmistakable.

Yahoo!
has some of the usual vitriol, plus the quotes:

“For myself, 44 minutes is too much,” James declared. “I think Coach Spo knows that. Forty minutes for D-Wade is too much. We have to have as much energy as we can to finish games out.” There you go, Coach Spo. Get to know him well.

Two days earlier, James had done nothing in overtime and ultimately decided the difference was a Hall of Fame coach, Jerry Sloan, who knew exactly what the Heat were going to do. James never takes responsibility, never says, ‘I’m the MVP and I need to do more.’ He didn’t do it in Cleveland, and he’s never going to do in Miami. Now, 44 minutes in a grudge game with the Celtics is too much. Always an out, always an excuse.

Erik Spoelstra has not had a very good week.

Nine games into season, there are plenty of questions and doubts about the Miami Heat. It remains to be seen just how much time Erik Spoelstra will be given to come up with satisfactory answers.

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  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    You would never hear Kobe say anything like that. That’s just a pathetic excuse for a world class athlete who is thought of as the best player in the world by so many. Just pathetic…

  • Bimmer

    Adrian Wojnarowski absolutely hates LeBron James. And I’m cool with that.

  • Bruno

    tell ‘em kap

  • Ses

    Is anybody surprised?! This is just like LeBron, people…. when the tough get going, he quits! He’s a quitter. MJ, KB, etc. would have never even thought to say this, you do what has to be done (Hense, MJ’s Flu game, and KB’s broken finger for much of last years season, and this one as well)

  • themis

    pat riley is going to coach once again

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Kap: I’m as big a Laker fan as you are …trust me,but why are sucking on Kobe so hard today (especially after his 11-30 showing last night)

  • MUBWAR

    44 minutes is too much for any athlete. James played the entire 3 q to bring the game withing 9. He should have rested till the 7 minute mark of the of the 4th quarter so he can finish the games in superb style. But Spo needs to use Bosh more then he is doing.

  • http://shreeve10@googlemail.com Steve

    That’s really bad, he’s essentially saying that he’s not fit enough to play heavy minutes in an NBA basketball game. What is his job again?

  • Clay

    Miami has some issues. They need to get out and run, but someone needs to rebound the ball defensively before that can happen. They may be able to fix things if LeBron is forced to play PG, but as of right now they lack the two most important positions on the court: a big and a point. As for James playing too many minutes, he and the other two should have taken less money so better role players could have been signed. But I thought Eddie House was good enough by the way many made him sound.

  • basketblogger

    44 minutes is too much for zach randolph. not you lebron

  • Ali

    LMAO…Man you play however many minutes you gotta play to win the f***ing game. I can hear Herm Edwards in my head “HELLO! YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME! Get you shi* str-8 LBJ…Sounds like one of the MIA leaders is slowly pushing Coach Spo out the door. Can Riley right this ship?

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    James is 25 years old. Its 9th game of the season. They’re playing their (newly) bitter rival. He should play the whole damn game. Ridiculous.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Erik Spoelstra is feeling the Heat in his seat.

  • Tupack Shackur

    Love that the media is pointing out his hypocrisy. Soon he’ll realize that the silver spoon he got when entering the NBA has been tarnished by his behavior since getting here.

  • http://uiandtherest.com ap

    LeBron is really punking himself. I can honestly say I no longer have any interest in him or the Miami Heat saga.

    Michael Jordan never had all these excuses.

    LeBron == quitter. (and he can go ahead and use this for his phony motivation).

  • http://kenrod_ps@yahoo.com KRod

    I could be wrong but I’ve never heard DWade say anything about having long minutes in consecutive games. Now we know why LBJ gave during the playoffs…he was too tired.

  • rich

    what does playing 44 minutes have to do with getting dominated every waking moment of the game. if he played less they would have won by more

  • vtrobot

    complaining about TOO MANY minutes? this is honestly the first time i’ve ever heard that complaint. the star of your team doesn’t want to play so much, but the people coming off the bench aren’t good enough to get more minutes. this is clearly the coach’s fault. spo, how could you!?! pat won’t come back now. he won’t come back until things are going well. MIA should have asked jesus for conditioning tips ’cause the “old” man ran yr azzes ragged last night.

  • ends

    Paging Pat Riley your seat is Ready

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

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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

    But Eboy i need you to come in here and explain stuff to me. Will Spolestra or Bosh still be on the Heat at the end of the season?

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    LOL. Ray Allen is 10 years older than Lebron and played 42 minutes. James is a Court Jester moreso than a “king.”

  • letters from the fringe

    This is not about making excuses for the Miami team. This is about the Celtics schooling Miami on how to play the game. Rondo, Allen, Pierce play hard and they come to win. Lebron ran away from Cleveland because he could not deal with the Celtic. He took all that heat (no pun intended) for that move and he still has the same nemesis, the Celtics. The Celtics has one of the best three shooters in the game, Ray Allen and the hardest working assist guy Rondo. These guys make it work and force opportuntities. Miami needs stron defenders and a point guard which after purchasing the three rock stars I doubt they have the money to get. What Miami should have done was got Wade and Bosh or James and Wade and took the extra money to get a defense to balance the offense. You’re not going to beat Big Baby and old Shaq with this team. I predict that Miami will not go to the big dance this year or next year. If the three egos can stay together that long and a better defense is assembled you might see some relief in year three. As for Lebron whining, get use to it and if I was Coach S, I would be very afraid. You don’t diss your coach’s style in public (44 minutes is too long). You all wanted him and now you got him. Get use to it.

  • Harlem_World

    Hi Haters. lol. Would you rather he say nothing? Fact of the matter is, any coach worth a damn should know that you monitor your game closers minutes to ensure they have enough gas at the end of the game to do what they do. 44 minutes is too long. Nobody is saying he won’t play those minutes – but if you expect elite play for a full 48 minutes on both ends of the floor, you’ve been playing too much 2k11. HOWEVER, Boston spanked that a$$ again, further exposing Bosh and the many weaknesses of this ‘team’. And for that, I am happy.

  • MooButter

    Imagine the meltdown when Pat Riley takes over and they still struggle. I think Lebron’s realizing in Cleveland he had a team built around him to accentuate his abilities. Miami…not so much. It’s still really early but the Heat experiment is off to a real rocky start.

  • http://miamiyellowpages.org Miami

    James can not express his opinion?
    But better for him not the express it to media first.
    Heat is playing street game and, Riley needs to step in ASAP.

  • Clay

    It’d be nice if the Heat used more pick and roll. Bosh isn’t a good guy for it because he is not willing to dish out punishment. Last night Bosh had an offensive rebound then dunk and felt the need to scream after it. Miami fans have made similar sounds in frustration of watching him.

  • Hammer

    Ali beat me 2 that herm edwards quote

  • MooButter

    @Harlem World – Monitoring your players minutes througgout the season is important, after an injury it’s important. But this game needed to be a statement game for Miami that they can compete against the leagues elite. For their fans, their image, and their own peace of mind, this game was more than just the ninth game of the season. It meant more than that. 44 minutes in a playoff game is nothing because of the importance of every minute.

  • Jay c

    3..2…1 cue the church of Kobe Bryant nut riders..

    Lbj put in a great effort last night and I’m a boston fan. He got absolutely hammered every time he fastbreaked and this was by design. That takes quite a little bit out of a person over 44 minutes. Regardless of who you support you can’t deny he was by far the most aggressive person on the heat last night.

    Besides he didn’t petulantly quit on his team like Kobe mamba did against the Phoenix suns in the 06 playoffs. Enough said.

  • Clay

    A play that sums up the lack of effort/toughness/caring best: Glen Davis runs down his own missed shot.

  • Harlem_World

    @Moo – So what conclusions are you drawing from his 35/10 & 9 contribution? Is he the reason Miami lost?

  • letters from the fringe

    44 minutes come on and don’t blame Coach S. The
    Cleveland fans spoiled Lebron. If he didn’t deliver
    that was okay as long as he went to the dance. Miami
    is not so forgiving. There is not hometown
    connection and that 44 minute whine is not going
    to cut it. Also Coach S better be a little more
    assertive or LB will walk over him and call the
    plays remember Mike.

  • JER Dawg

    This Saga of Lebron just makes me think how unfortunate his timing is. Seriously, he should be talking about how the team should step up defensively and all the stock answers after winning and losing games. He ought to be proud about their valiant effort was in cutting the deficit in the end. You play to win THE GAME! Makes me not want the Lebron 8 anymore. I was going to pay retail, but forget it. His credibility has taken a hit with me. If Kobe will embarrass himself by shooting poorly, yet still attack like a pitbull then that’s all good. The high altitude will humble even the best athletes, but NO excuses and NO surrender. Kobe is still unreal.

  • zeekthefreak

    surprised eboy hasnt posted a heap full of crap yet

  • Harlem_World

    A play that sums it all up is Rondo coming down the lane, seeing Bosh and then taking off. Forget the fact that he made the play, or that Bosh stood there and let him dunk on him unchallenged (I expect that, he’s tissue paper soft). The key is that Rondo saw who he was and KNEW what time it was. No way Rondo tries to dunk on TD, Amare or even Boozer. Bosh is fools gold. He is out of his depth riding in on all this expectation.

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

    Favorite part of the yahoo sports article: “Boston believes it can bully these Heat, believes they’re susceptible to games of the mind and body. When it was over, Big Baby Davis marched out of the showers and declared: “No one can spoil this night. Good for us to come in and spank that ass.””

  • http://slamonline.com Philly

    ray ray played 48 min in the finals in 08! At age 31, LBJ cant even play 40?

  • heat need help

    The Heat should sign this Dre Baldwin dude to play the PG.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TloKUX221GQ

  • letters from the fringe

    He’s not the reason Miami lost. Miami is a
    lop-sided team that needs strong defensive players
    and a point guard. They are all good players, but
    it will take time to see if this is this team
    make-up is the right fit for them. If anything,
    if I was D-Wade or Bosh I would be concerned
    about standing in Lebron’s point shadow. Now that
    is what is going to make the stuff hit the fan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Only player in NBA history who can get a 30 point plus triple double and have people with little to no basketball IQ say he didn’t do enough. The SLAMOnline comment boards: where stupidity happens…..every day!

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Maybe you should run a few more sprints in practice to get into better game shape then man…geez, this guys has no will to win. Do you think any of the other NBA greats (MJ, Magic, Bird, Isiah, Kobe, etc…) would have EVER said something like this?! What a joke man!

  • mikee

    How can anybody root for this guy? There’s always an excuse. Spoelstra is the next SVG.

  • Brian

    Wade, LeBron and Bosh are not workers. They want to be anointed as champions instead of earning it.
    The 3 of them will all let out a primal scream after making a layup if they’re up or down 20 points in a game or bust their butts to block someone’s shot from behind, but that isn’t really basketball.
    Firing Spoelstra won’t change the fact that if they don’t have the ball to pound into the ground then they can’t do much of anything besides standing there. Diving onto the floor and getting dirty is for the lesser players (like Pierce in G7 of the ’08 ECF Bron Bron).
    Stats are the only thing these guys have in common with the great players that came before them. Bron and Wade would average about 17 PPG if not for the fruity era that they are playing in.

  • Arod

    The biggest issue with Miami is at the pg postion.. defeats to Boston, NO and Utah all have one thing in common elite pg’s on the opposing team. Miami should stop double teaming these guys. The best pg’s will make you pay.. no doubt about it.. its an issue that should be addressed immediately…

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

    Eboy: did he do enough? They lost. If he is the best player in the NBA how come his effort didnt carry the entire team?

  • KRod

    @ JER Dawg – Amen to that Sir!…I’d also like to add that in my opinion no matter what LBJ’s stats are as a leader he shouldnt be saying anything outside of the locker room. True leaders call the team and huddle after every loss. He talks to others, to the coach to strategize and learn from what happened. LBJ’s still young and I feel he’ll grow up from this experience…hopefully.

  • tRay

    ^^LOL

  • http://slamonline.com ray

    Adrian Wojnarowski sucks and he needs to stop hatin on lebron

  • MooButter

    @Harlem – Not at all, just justifying why I believe he played so many minutes. I never said anything about his performance. If he played 44, had a triple double and they won, do you think he says anything?

  • Ali

    @ Harlem_World. You gotta be kiddding me. Every game
    is important! Listen to what back to back NBA champ
    Kenny Smith said after the game. Any NBA player that
    believes none of the 82 regular season games aren’t
    important needs a serious gut check. If I’m a player
    in the association I’m trying to crush the will of
    the other team everytime I step on the court.

  • Harlem_World

    E, I’ve put it out there before – I’m not a Bosh fan, but anyone who expects your Heat to be the finished article right now is plain ignorant. Also, anyone who knows anything about the NBA will also know Pat Riley is a winner and will do whatever is necessary to ensure this works out in the mid-long term. Personally I find all the LBJ hate funny. There’s not a fan out here who would not give up their teams franchise player to get him on their squad, no matter what they say. Glad Bosh is getting called out though. lol.

  • CyldeSays

    44 min IS alot for a starter night after night, but since he and Wade are the primary ballhandlers/scorers, they’re going to log a ton of minutes. Seeing how badly Wade was shooting, MIA isn’t even IN that game if LBJ doesn’t play those minutes…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Cosign BET – LBJ is so good that a 35-10-9 effort can still be questioned…he’s just that good. The fact that he never accepts responsibility for losing doesn’t help his case much either.

  • http://zoran_dakovic@hotmail.com RickyRude

    Both Lebron and Bosh need to hire new media representatives asap and shut their mouth, let the game do the talking.

  • MooButter

    @Harlem – That statement is probably right with one exception. As a Cleveland fan, I wouldn’t trade any one single player on our roster for Lebron straight up.

  • NJ4Life

    I remember in ’02 the Nets and Pacers went to 2OT and JKidd played the ENTIRE game. Tied at the end of EVERY quarter but the last OT, Kidd put up 31, 7, 8, 4. Was he gassed at the end? sure, but the great ones never make excuses, and they never admit they were tired. Not having enough energy to finish off an opponent should be motivation to step your game up, not an excuse to point fingers elsewhere.

  • Harlem_World

    @Moo – he doesn’t need to, because they aren’t asking him about it. What I’m trying to establish is, do you feel the loss was Lebron’s fault? What is your beef with him on what he said? He played too many minutes. Is he lying? From experience, you can’t play the full 40 (college/hs ball for me) both ends of the floor and expect to have that bounce to close out on both ends at the end of the game. It may tarnish your image of what the ‘superstar’ is supposed to do, but it is what it is. He’s the best athlete in the NBA, so if he’s saying 44 is too much IF he’s expected to be ‘Lebron’ on both ends of the floor, then that should tell you something.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Eboy: Do you feel the Court Jester was justified in complaining about minutes when Ray Allen, who is 10 years the Court Jester’s senior, played 42 and matched his point production, while dominating his match-up with Dwyane Wade in a way the Court Jester couldn’t against Paul Pierce?

  • Harlem_World

    @ Ali – Did I miss something? Where did I say the game wasn’t important?

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Eboy: You’ve been a Miami Heat fan for as long as commenting threads were available on SlamOnline (and this is still a relatively new feature). My belief, and it hasn’t changed since the summer, is that Dwyane Wade should be the leader of this team, Lebron should be a stat-filler who focuses more on defenses than on stopping the basketball on offense (yes, he offers production, but it’s a proven to fail time and again throughout his career), and that Chris Bosh was going to be exposed. So far this season, all of those points have held true.

  • Meesum Jaffer

    WTF get this kobe bullsh*t out of here
    you think kobe is all that when is the last time KOBe played 44 minutes in a 48 minute game and still put up 35-10-9 and all you laker fans PHIL JACKSON SAID HEAT WILL WIN 70 games not this year but in later years also about ray allen being ten years older and playing 42 minutes did ray allen guard rajun rondo one of the fastest guards in the nba also all of you who say lebron ran away from cleveland obviously forgot KOBE DEMANDED A TRADE
    THE YEAR THE CAVS lost in the finals if you guys knew ANYTHING you would know LEBRON IS TOP 5 IN MINUTES PLAYED EVERY YEAR NOT F**KIN KOBE

  • Charels_Barkley

    Im fatter than Lebron but I never complain about playing 44 minutes even when Im in the kitchen it takes me more than 44minutes to eat and I nver say sh#t LBron Im gonna spank you!

  • http://rawxgoods.tumblr.com WVNVEL

    LMAO @ Laker Fans. I remember a couple of years ago alittle B**CH who wore the number 24 threw his ENTIRE TEAM under the bus and DEMANDED A TRADE. As far as I know NEITHER of this three did that.

  • MooButter

    @Harlem – I don’t have a problem with Lebron’s performance last night. I really haven’t even said he shouldn’t have complained about how many minutes he played. I simply explained why I thought Spo played him as much as he did, the significance of the game. Go back and read my intial comment at 11:06. Everything since then has just been a reaction to what your saying.

  • Harlem_World

    @ Moo – C’mon man…I know Cleveland is salty over what happened, but don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. You’re the GM for a day, you get a chance to trade Lebron for Jamison and you don’t do it? You’d get it harder than Lebron EVER did if you didn’t.

  • Harlem_World

    @ Moo – The game was important, but I don’t see where Lebron is saying it wasn’t through the way he played? If the questions are around why didn’t he ‘takeover’ in the last couple minutes and he didn’t have the extra in the tank, because he played 44 minutes both ends – I can’t see what an unbiased observer would find wrong with that?

  • vtrobot

    I’m not hating or saying that LBJ didn’t do more than enough. I just think “too many minutes” is an odd first issue to focus on at this point.

  • westeves25

    Correct me if im wrong, but doesn’t a bigger market mean you play on a bigger stage, meaning you do more in even “meainingless” regular season games. Their paying you 120 mill over 5 seasons…. Damn it… you better get out there and play all 48 minutes and not hear a peep out your mouth… I’ll bank on the fact that had Miami won this game his comment would have resembled something along the lines of a resilient team that knows how to play through tough droughts…. BUT… They lost, and he’ll never own up to it…. my favorite quote of the night, PP twitter page, “It’s been a pleasure bringing my talents to South Beach.. Now onto Memphis”….. LMBO.. On to the next one…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Chris-Griff…to clarify…I’ve been a Heat fan since I sat in the Miami Arena in their third home game in their HISTORY. I NEVER held the belief that this year would be a title winning season for this particular team. Truth. I wish I could pull the numerous comments I’ve made stating it, but people around here often enough know it. Lebron did more than ANYONE on the squad in BOTH games against the Celtics. Dwyane sucked the proverbial balls. There is no arguing that. Yesterday’s game, to me, was an anomoly. Why? Because I would think that if these meet up somewhere in the playoffs, the scores of every playoff game will be way closer to the 88-80 score that they put up on night 1….not the over 100 numbers both put up yesterday. Think about that for a moment. The Heat scored 107 points….against the Celts…with Bosh doing mediocre work and Wade doing NOTHING (well, except missing everything, turning the ball over and pouting non-stop)again. So, that’s where my head’s at. The Heat keep preaching “baby steps”. I’m in that corner….as long as the babysitter isn’t Spo anymore. That’s their biggest problem at the moment. Poor in-game management and a lack of trust in the coach. This is the hard truth that Heat fans will have to deal with until Pat makes a change. Not Lebron saying that his minutes are too high. That’s b*tch fodder.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    W.A.D.E is NOT a worker? Really, Brian? Dwyane Wade, main threat on a championship team, best shotblocker amongst guards, out due to multiple injuries-come back in the Olympics and dominate-Wade is NOT a worker? Insanity.

  • ends

    Is that the reason he whiffed his 3 pointer of the side of the backbord. thatwas nasty

  • http://www.imezell.com Ezell

    I don’t really care about the numbers LeBron put up because the defense was horrible. If the team played 35 or less minutes of great defense, LeBron & Wade would of had their rest to close the game with energy.

    Bron’s choice of words was poor. He’s right in regards of the minutes, but he fails to understand that isn’t the reason the Heat lost. Defense will win games or at least place teams in position to win. That’s why the Heat lost and will continue to until they figure it out. Miami needs to take a cue from New Jersey’s NBA Finals runs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    E: I know. The day after Lebron announced he’d be “bringing his talents to South Beach,” you stated that Celtics and Lakers fans were the only ones who weren’t making a huge deal over it. I just wanted your perspective as I know that you’re not only a die-hard Heat fan, but that (I believe) you grew up in Chicago and followed the Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen-led Bulls. There were many comparisons to D-Wade being this Heat team’s Jordan and James being its Pippen. Obviously, Udonis Haslem is more fit to play the Horace Grant role (and there really isn’t a Rodman-type player on that team in any way, shape or form). My season prediction stands. If Celtics are healthy in the playoffs, there is no team beating them in a 7-game series. I’d love to see Miami in one of those series, though.

  • Ses

    @Chris_Griff_3, I agree whole heartily. @EBOY – Ray Ray wasn’t complaining and he’s got years on all these guys, he had as many points but he also has something that LeBron doesnt have, and thats the ring! If Lebron wants one, he better learn to sacrifice and stop worrying about his minutes. Hit the gym harder if your tired, or take a nap! lol

  • The D Train

    Fatigue, a shattered elbow, bad coaching. It’s always something with this cat. He’s teamed up with 2 of the other top 15 players in the league (although Bosh is not playing up to that level this season), so the general fan is going to expect more out of him (which is crazy considering how much they already expect out of him). I think the one justifiable expectation is owning up to the losses, just like he owns up to his own greatness with comments about spoiling the fans. I can see where his act would rub some people the wrong way. And when people are already waiting to jump on your sh1t, it’s only going to get magnified when you are complaining about playing 44 minutes after a day off, 9 games into the season. Frankly, I’m not sure how Riley, who has the reputation of running guys ragged in practice and always expecting maximum effort, could let that type of complaint slide. If you are the 1 or 1A top guy in the league, you shouldn’t be complaining about having maximum minutes to try and beat one of the top teams in the league. Maybe if Lebron and Co didn’t fall behind by so much, Spo could have afforded him a few minutes on the bench. When you and your two buddies tie up the majority of the salary cap, and the rest of the team is made up of filler, you have to expect the weight to fall on your shoulders.

  • james

    LMAO the Heat have an excuse for everything

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Walked into Miami like “Empty ya pockets”

  • javy

    @Ends: I thought I was the only one who notice that shot hitting the side of the board. That might be the play that symbolizes the heat circus. The game on the line and time running down and the dude hits the board. ARE YOU SERIOUS?
    You have to have some decency and at least show that you care!!!!
    Instead of organizing decision teatrics and telling your wife to go home after games so that you go party with some chicks (lucky you) how about practicing your shot Mr. Chosen one!!!! STOP IT LEBRON, YOU ARE NOT FUNNY WITH THOSE SHOTS OK!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    So far this season, the SlamOnline Top-50 list looks disastrous. Chris Paul is looking like a top-2 player, Ray Allen is worlds ahead of the “50th” placing he was given, and Kevin Garnett is back to being a top-5 Power Forward in the game. Dwyane Wade and Lebron James are still top-10 players, but they aren’t playing like the top-5 players in the game that they were considered to be.

  • Brian

    That is correct Darksaber, he is not a worker. If you want someone to come from behind and block a shot with a sneer on his face then Wade is your guy. If there is no glory in it then it will not be done by the “Big 3″. Playing man to man D (not whiffing on a steal that would have given him – brace yourself – a breakaway dunk instead of the layup Rondo got), rebounding and getting grimy are things the Heat need to be successful. The Big 3 are all soft.

  • westeves25

    here’s a leap…… Miami finishes no higher than 3rd place in April and lose in the semis…. Never meeting up with the C’s as they would hope….

  • Ses

    Wade is not a perimeter guard and the interior defense of Boston will continue to shut him down, KG, Big Baby, Shaq, O’neal. “Flash” can get to the cup but there are too many obstacles to stop him. Bosh has been exposed, him in toronto was like chewed up steak in the dumpster, it looks good compare to whats around it!!! LBJ = lack of effort = lack of ring!

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    I would LOVE for the Celtics to see Miami in the playoffs. C’s are the biggest bullies in the league, and Miami looks like they lose everytime they find themselves played physically. Also, I LOVED Big Baby’s foul on Lebron in transition. What better way to stop a 250-lb force at full speed? Get your 280+ energy guy to meet him head-on.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Baby’s blocking Lebron’s fast-break and Rondo throwing it down as if Chris Bosh was the human version of a wide-open lane were the two defining plays last night that separated a true Contender from a minuscule pretender

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    When Garnett and Ray Allen joined the Celtics, there was a press conference but none of that dancing around on stage nonsense. Celtics saved that for the Duck Tour parade through the city.

  • Ses

    and for all u Wade bandwagoners, without Shaq Supporting Cast and Dallas’ defense, Wade is in the same boat with LBJ and Bosh, ringless and overpaid!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    A very fickle crowd on Slamonline lately. 9 games in and the folks pounce on every perceived Miami weakness. It’s like Hyena crowding a lion that got stuck in quicksand, but if the lion finds a way out of the sticky situation and get’s help from some friends….bye bye Hyena.
    (oh and eff Woj and his agenda against everything LBJ. If u can’t report with some measure of fairness,step away from the keyboard, go into the stands and shout insults, Adrian)

  • EJ

    No heart what so ever. Yet he still gets 35, 10 and 9.

  • westeves25

    was it me, or did the Celtics look totally unphased by a comeback effort by Lebron James and UD…. wait for it, wait for it….. THERE HE IS, WIDE OPEN…. again.. an answer for every bucket….

  • ends

    I was just kinda shocked that an open 3 in the closing minuets would hit nothing but backboard. @Eboy or any other miami fan quick question what do they say in the arena when the announcer says “2 Minutes…Dos”

  • nick89

    i think what lebron was really trying to do when saying this, was take shots at spoelstra.

  • The Philosopher

    The King has spoken.
    Pat, you’re up!
    Now, go claim what was once yours. And, tell them PUNKS on your team that next time, they (Wade) BETTER listen to you!

  • vtrobot

    @ Dark: I know that it was more of party to get the fanbase excited, but when you have that “championship parade” at the start of the season, you HAVE to expect a heap of sh*t when you go 5-4 out of the gates. Everyone was aware that these guys needed some time to start learning to play together, but I think most of us thought they’d be doing a bit better by now and that Coach Spo’s job would be a little safer than it is.

  • Ali

    @ Harlem World…I took it as LBJ minutes should be
    limited during soft scheduled games in the regular
    seasonso he could turn it on late in the season and
    in big games. My take is this, LBJ is the two time
    MVP! The so-called KING of the NBA. You mean to tell
    me he has no say in how many minutes he plays per game,
    while the game is on going? This is completely left
    up to Coach Spo to decide? 35mins, 40mins, 48mins,
    OT, Double OT. 100milli plus!!, shouldn’t these guys
    condition to play 48 plus minutes, if that’s whats
    needed to win! First time alot of us have ever heard
    someone with his talents saying he’s playing to much!

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Bottom line? Yesterday, the best team won. Nuff said.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    @ends= “Minutos”

  • http://www.nba.com martin

    lebron’s arguably the best athlete in the league and yet he complains about playing for 44 minutes!?! the diminutive monta ellis plays 48 minutes on many nights we don’t hear anything from him. moreover, after the heat’s championship year, when shaq was traded, d-wade really plays 40 minutes on many occasions coz we have seen what a miami heat team without a dwyane wade can do. 15 wins.

  • Hammer

    @jayc. Lbj did play outstanding yesterday. I’ll give u that. But u say kb8 quit back n 06. That is tru. But what u 4got,or intentionally decided not 2 post,was that lbj quit as well n last seasons playoffs. Remember? Against the celtics? My suggestion is that next time,post both sides of the story. K? Or n this case,why even bring it up? Nobody is even mentioning that lbj quit. And why even bring kb8 n2 this? This has nuthin 2 do w/him

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    lol and Cosign BETCATS on the large infant´s comments…and big lol at Marcel Mutoni with the zing: “Yahoo has the usual virol plus the quotes”..hahhaha

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    oh and the fu(kin C´s PLAYED A BEAUTIFULL GAME OF BASKETTBALL, I wish my team would played like that..5 point blowout!

  • ends

    Thnx cheryl. if they wouldve came back and tied it he wouldnt have said a damn thing. this is the cramps after the Magic Loss, the “winners dont shake hands” after the Series, the elbow thing after the left handed freethrow mishap, and a backhanded slap to his coach. admit it people this is who he is as a person. amazing basketball skills, but when things dont go his way, he comes out with made up garbage. He probably did this as a kid,make up junk to get away with things.

  • Hammer

    Fact is jesus shuttlesworth was killen em softly like lauren hill. N my opinion he STILL is the best shooter n the game. And w/out a doubt has the most beutiful jump shot n the game. And I agree w/reggie,just give “he got game” the record already! Sidenote:I MOS DEF enjoyed last night’s game. Was hella fun!

  • http://slamonline.com riggs

    all i can say is HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, and did you see how hard the refs were working to give the heat the game??!!? david stern must have a red colored phone in his room….

  • Hammer

    And D-ZAM! 2 that rondo dunk. Just nasty!

  • tRay

    Bottom line the C’s played phenominal ball last night and the score looked a lot closer than the game really was. Wade was non existent Bosh getting dunked on symbolized their so called “attention to defense” and now everyone sees that the Heat are vulnerable. The C’s are still the team to beat in the east and clearly last night was a statement game to remind some of these retard Heat fans.
    PS: Big ups to Eboy only real Heat fan in the house.

  • http://www.twitter.com/clearheatvision Raj

    @Betcats

    Eboys point is that the blame cant all go around Lebron. He came to Miami because he wanted help. He supposedly has 2 superstars (1 really, Bosh does not count), and Wade was terrible. The blame should be on the TEAM’s weaknesses (front court, guard position), not LEBRON’s blame.

    If you watched the game, if Lebron didn’t score in those stretches, it wouldve been a 20+ blowout.

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    Idiots! Bron simply stated he played too many minutes for the past 2 games and he wasn’t his usual self at the end. Wade looked like cj watson out there and you can’t expect anything from the weak bosh. He never said it shouldn’t happen again and if it does, he’ll man up and play. They lost to arguably the best team in the league in spite of his numbers. Just a bad loss and nothing more. They’ll come around.

  • tRay

    @Hammers 12:54 post
    hahaha I was telling my mom that last night I was like damn he must think the rim is Denzel and good sh*t on the Lauren Hill comment best female rapper ever.
    Nicki Minaj who?!

  • ciroqobama

    Rondo $hitting on RuPaul Bosh was the best moment of the night

  • Michael

    MAN anyone would love to play 44 minutes of basketball in the NBA!

    but as much hate as the Heat is getting.. they brought it upon themselves.. they were the one’s dancing on the stage when they were introduced and what not.. and his commercial didn’t help too.. Its like they quickly assumed that if they were together on the team.. it wouldn’t be that hard to win..

    James never takes responsibility, never says, “I’m the MVP and I need to do more.” He didn’t do it in Cleveland, and he’s never going to do it in Miami. Now, 44 minutes in a grudge game with the Celtics is too much. Always an out, always an excuse.

    that may be harsh, but its really true about Lebron..

  • JTaylor21

    Of course I knew that slam’s slimely creatures were going to slither out whenever there’s something about bron. Talking about lack of effort, he’s a quitter, he’s crying about playing too many minutes, he couldn’t lead his team to a win WHAT? Do any of you morons even watch the game, bron and UD were the only heat players that played with any sort of passion and intensity in the game and were the only reason why the game was close in the end. You clowns love to bash lebron for losing close games but your boy kobe chucked more bricks than a contractor in last night’s game which led to a loss to the “vaunted” nuggets and none of y’all church rats made a peep. It’s just something I’ve come to expect with any story regarding bron, morons will just twist it all up and try to make to sound like he was out there stinking up the joint.

  • A.

    It’s funny how people keep bringing up the fact that Ray played 42 minutes and is 10 years older than LBJ.
    Does Ray take the same beating as LeBron every night? Did Ray have to fight to get his team back into the game last night? Did Ray get hit every time he tried to go to the rim? Does LeBron just run around a myriad of screens to get open to put up a jumper? Ray Allen’s game and LeBron’s game are nothing alike. You can’t compare LeBron’s 44 to Ray’s 42. That’s just crazy.
    And don’t forget that LeBron was playing to get his team out of a 20 point hole. He’s swimming against a VERY strong current. Ray wasn’t in that position. Keeping a lead when you are left open to shoot jumpers that almost always go in is much easier than beasting your way into the paint to try and make something happen to bring your team back. And Ray had a lot of help. LeBron had to bully his way into making things happen. He was getting hit all the way out to the 3 point line. It’s understandable that he’s tired and doesn’t want to have to go through that again. But nowhere does it say that he won’t do it if needed. It’s not the first time he’s payed that many minutes, and it won’t be the last. I’m sure he played way more than that against the Pistons in the playoffs when he scored 25 straight. He was exhausted at the end of that game also.
    Basically all he said was “I didn’t get much help tonight.” He shouldn’t have said it, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    No one is arguing he put up a great performance…but calling out your coach by saying you played too many minutes is just another case of not owning up to how crap they played. Its the excuse making that is annoying. As if him sitting on the bench longer would have made a difference. Maybe if he looked at the real problems he could think about a way to help fix them rather than pointing out one little factor that had nothing to do with the loss. They got totally outplayed again last night. Its just a bad look.

  • A.

    Also, I’ve always appreciated Haslem’s game, but last night I officially became a fan. Dude is a beast. Watching him and LeBron work the two-man game to get the Heat close was awesome.

  • PJF

    Lebron had a very good game, Wade was extremely sub-par – but the question is, why would Lebron make a comment like this??? I understand the thinking that his minutes could be managed different/better, but when you’re playing the top competition in your conference, shouldn’t it be “OK” to log a few more minutes in an important game?

    The only thing that makes sense is that he’s angling for Pat Riley to return to the bench.

  • All Day

    I wonder if Eddie House thinks the Heat was bored playing the Celtics, too!

  • tRay

    @JTaylor21
    I couldn’t agree more with you. LeBron did all he could last night but it’s not his fault it was like watching last years Cavs. I’m a huge Kobe fan and I’ll be the first to say that Kobe looked like the third pig with the brick house he was building last night. You and i both know that bottom line people always want to bash LeBron for whatever but people never want to bad mouth Kobe. They probably can’t talk bad mouth him because they have a mouth full of his d*ck. Freakin sack riders.

  • unrel

    don’t throw your coach under the bus over minutes.. the whole team lost.. not because he played too much.. they lost game way before his final minute was penciled in.. when boston tallied their biggest lead of the night.. was he tired at that point?.. no.. so, let’s not talk about the outcome, individually… but instead focus on what put you and your team in the hole to begin with.. horrid defense, bad defense, no defense and just better team play from boston..

  • All Day

    From now on, I’m going to refer to LeBron as LeBronda, because all I hear are excuses and whining. What player has ever complained about too much playing time?

  • All Day

    Should I throw coach Spo under the bus for playing me too much…What should I do…Should I admit that it was a mistake for me to leave Cleveland…What should I do…Should I continue to make excuses and never accept responsibility, even though I want you to think I’m one of the best players in the NBA…What should I do…

  • JTaylor21

    A is right on point. You can not compare two different players who play different styles with different roles minutes. Bron’s 44 minutes were full of driving to the rim constantly, getting fouled hard, trying to bring his team back from a 20 point deficit with the second best player stinking up the joint and playing the entire 3rd and 4th qtr while Ray Ray gets set-up by rondo, doesn’t have to carry the team, didn’t have to score on drives and his teammates were playing very well which freed up a lot of open looks for him. You clowns don’t know how much energy it takes to attack the rim on almost every play. Also when you have a coach that is as inept as Eric Spo, you have the right to call him out every single day because dude just doesn’t get it out there. The Pat Riley shot-lock began yesterday and Spo better starting setting up vacation time to spend with his family.

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

    Spo: “Alright LeBron, drop the ego and get out there some more.”
    LeBron: “No one coach should have all that power, the clock’s tickin I just count the hours.”

  • hillbilly

    ‘Bron was probably just winded from shooting all those free throws. At any rate, a good win for the C’s in spite of some very poor officiating down the stretch.

  • catchmeimballin

    The problem with the heat is that they LACK rebounds. Joel tries on getting rebounds and on D but the lack of height doesnt help. Chris bosh is softer than baby Sh!t..he barely goes for rebounds. at this point they are better off starting UD at the 4 than bosh. and if they dont need a true PG then y use arroyo? he only brings the ball to the halfcourt then hands it to LBJ or wade. He doesnt defend well. ALL 4 LOSSES ARE TO TEAMS WITH GOOD PGS. Start Chalmers since he has better D then arroyo

  • Ali

    @JTaylor21… Man it’s a known fact Denver has the
    Lakers number in the Pepsi Center, we all know that.
    They get it crackin’ in there when the Lakers come
    to town, Hahahaha! If you wanna go there, ask DEN
    bout their playoff woes over the past 5 years!
    Lakers losing to Denver is not news! Gonna be a
    sad day in Denver when Melo bolts, to So-Called
    greener pastures. The grass ain’t always greener!

  • All Day

    Should I admit that I’m extremely sensitive to criticism…What should I do…Should I admit that the Heat signing Chris Bosh was a 110 million dollar mistake…What should I do…Should I ask Alonzo Mourning to come back and play for with us, because we need a tough guy, an enforcer in the paint and that Chris Bosh is softer than jello…What should I do…

  • Love4Humanity

    Get it all in now haters. You have this season because once they figure it out they probably will murk your favorite team. I’m glad everyone is excited about their 9th game of the season. This is a marathon not a sprint I hope the Celts and Lakers fans can keep up (I SERIOUSLY doubt it)

  • JTaylor21

    Only in bron’s haters mind does attacking the rim on every play which leads to 20+ fts equates into the refs making bad calls CHILD PLEASE! You do know that the most aggresive player is the one that goes to the line the most? Imbeciles, most of y’all can’t even score against a 50yr old church leaguer.

  • Ali

    Complaining to the media bout them being a target by everyone. Excuses after losses, with just a handful
    of games in. Complaining to the media bout minutes played Lots of simple things not getting figured out by this ordained championship caliber team. Not sure Riley and Mike Miller will help much either. This entire TEAM needs a early gut check! 20-30 games in will Heat fans be still be saying these first few games mean nothing? Coach Riles does have that fire Spo doesn’t! Maybe him getting in there and ridiing and cursing guys out in practices, pre-game, halftime, and post-game is the answer?

  • the truth

    Yeah I guess that is why he the side of the backboard on a wide open three. hahaha dam even Marv Albert said it twice

  • feez22

    In terms of lebron… 110 million lebron. You are 25 yrs old. if you can’t play 44 minutes the heat are doomed… in terms of the overall TEAM look… i know bosh hasn’t played up to par. HOWEVER he is not the only problem. Would i blame bosh for the loss last night to the celtics? Hell no. Why? bc that loss is wade’s fault. Game one wade had an excuse with the preseason and all that jibberish… this game… he was HORRIBLE offensively and on top of that was ATROCIOUS defensively. he played the worst out of the triple (or 2 and a half) threat yall just don’t want to admit that. Wade is the reason they lost. Ray allen with 35 points? i thought wade v. ray was supposed to be a HEAT advantage clearly it isn’t which makes lebron have to go all 1 on 5 Cleveland cavaliers on the damn celtics and we ALL should know that won’t work anymore. The team does NOT need to trade chris he has progressed even if you don’t want to admit it. The TEAM needs a Center, needs chalmers back to play defense @ the point and most importantly needs PRACTICE to fix and brush up their team SKILLS. Lebron going 1 on 5 cavs style on THIS team shows me that either they haven’t had practice to practice a real offense or that spolestra is mike brown jr. thats all i have to say. Leave bosh out of this game he was effective if you want to blame 1 man blame WADE he was clearly the weak link… peace.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    The Heat bring nothing but stupidity from all commentators. Good lord.
    -There should be no reason to hate on Lebron’s game yesterday. Dude killed it. The difference is, if he killed it with his Cleveland squad, that squad would hold theother team down defensively. This Miami team SUCKS defensively.
    -You SHOULD hate on the p*ssy *ss Lebron made a p*ssy *ss excuse. He’s losing me as a fan
    -Kobe does make the same excuses. That’s why I’m not a fan of Kobe (ouch my finger ouch my knee ouch this ouch that) and why I’m slowly losing it with Lebron. I mean, 44 minutes got you gassed Lebron? That’s total crap. That’s such an excuse. You played like, 41 minutes in a season total back in the day! You’re 26! Man the f*ck up!
    -Wade needs help not being the man. Seriously. Dude is one of the best passers in the game, but he sort of has that Kobe-esque court vision, if he don’t see the guy, he’s gonna try and score no matter what. Terrible.
    -Coach Spo ran 0 plays, played his undersized squad WAY too much, is afraid to bench Bosh for Haslem which is NEEDED some games (he CAN’T play both of them against this huge backcourt) and STILL PLAYS ARROYO TOO MUCH. This Heat team has so much talent but the talent is being squandered. It’s aggravating.
    -It does look like egos are going to be the end of this team. Wade needs to be Jordan, Lebron needs to be pippen, and Bosh needs to be Grant; but it doesn’t look like they can play that way. Wade and Lebron, for better lack of term, both want to be Pippen: take the ball at the top of the key, control tempo, find openings. Bosh wants to be…. f if I know. Someone needs to come in and say “LEBRON YOU BRING THE BALL UP, LOOK FOR EASY OPENINGS, PASS IT OFF AND START CUTTING! RUN SOME 2-3 PICKS!” “WADE! RUN MORE AT THE HIGH POST! PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LAX OFF YOU FROM THREE BECAUSE YOU CAN’T HIT JACK!” “BOSH! PAINT! DON’T LEAVE IT! GET 5 3-SECONDS A GAME! DON’T CARE! STAY!”
    Blef. Maybe I’d be happier if Phoenix was doing better but they ain’t. So everything is blef.

  • JalepinoSausage

    E-Boy is 100% right. damn. Bron almost got back to back triple doubles & they lost. The rest of the team never showed up. He was the only 1 taking hard fouls from all the Boston chubsters (22free throws) while Bosh & Wade settled for fadeaways . Boy got heart. Onto the next. Give em a few months under new coach Pat & it’l be aight. !!! NONE OF YOU TWINKIE FILLING PEEPS COULD EVEN COME CLOSE TO COMPREHENDING THE PHYSICALITY OF LAST NITES GAME !!! SERIOUS.

  • Chris

    Biggest story from that game was Dwayne Wade getting repeatedly torched on D by Allen & Pierce for virtually the whole game. He seriously looked hungover, a step slow, or just not into it last night, and like Bucher pointed out on Twitter, it was crazy watching Lebron play the 2 man game with UD late in 4th with Wade just standing in the corner like another role player..it’s clearly not his team anymores. When Wade has off nights, it will always seem like Bron can be doing this ish in Cleveland. Take away Wade & Bron’s last 2 Cavs squads are better than weak a$$ Miami. It’s also funny how people are starting to rip Miami’s offense..sounds a lot like Cleveland the past couple years. More and more people will see how tough a job Mike Brown had to to attempt to build a championship offense & still bow to Lebron’s wishes at the same time.

  • JalepinoSausage

    HE’S ASKING FOR PAT & SO ARE WE !!!!!

  • Jagster

    Lebron didn’t have a Superhuman Effort.

    He got most of his point, but just bullying his way to the basket and waiting for the whistle to blow when a Celtic breathed near him.

    Lebron made his “run” when the game was way out of reach already! Where was “Lebron” when the game needed to be decided?

    And why does anyone listen to Charles Barkley anyway? He said that he was sure that Miami was going to smoke Boston last night. Thanks for the advice Charles.

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    LOL @Jukai

  • feez22

    and btw of course these early games dont mean ish… the team clearly has no chemistry right now 40-50 games in they will be 70-75% more in tune with their tendencies than they are right now. They would have been much more in sync if they had preseason together like the celtics a few yrs ago but putting that aside this is the BEST case scenario for the heat. they have lost to 3 teams that are playoff teams with true chemistry. they now know what they need to approach. Ya they are 5-4 but when they get it together with lebron/wade and their son chris bosh (whom btw is progressing take off the i hate bosh shades he is getting better) they could easily pull of a 10-12 game winning streak making these 4 losses truly irrelevant late in the season. the celtics were atrocious at the 2nd half of last season and we saw what they did imo for a NEW team facing adversity early builds CHARACTER that will be needed later on. this is the best case scenario for the heat. they are basically a 500 squad that knows exactly what they need to work on and bc they aren’t “cruising” through the season like the lebron led cavs did they are building character and “experience” that will be needed come playoff time. For you heat fans out there don’t jump the gun this is only good for your team. for everyone else, deeming the heat a lost cause by their 9th game is the stupidest thing you could do. you act like this is their 70th game and that they have no time in improving anything HELLO they have 73 games and a few months till the trade deadline left they can do a LOT in that time with chemistry and trading to add pieces. keep that in mind. the heat @ game 9 will be NOTHING like the heat @ game 70. doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know that.

  • JalepinoSausage

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  • JTaylor21

    Jagster, if the game was supposedly “out of reach” why the hell was the celts starting 5 out there in the 4th qtr? RIDDLE ME THAT. Sheesh you clowns act like he was out there scoring on bums. Just state the facts that bos has come out and destroyed the heat in the first half of both games but the heat have managed to come back in the 3/4th of both games to make it a close one at the end. The celts are not as good as everyone makes them out to be and the heat are not as bad as everyone makes it seem. They have been in 2 close games vs the celts with DWade playing like a drunk sailor.

  • Chris

    ^^^ LOL well it’s good that we don’t have to hear those ridiculous comparisions to the great Bulls teams anymore. People said the olympic experience of the 3 amigos would lead them to historic dominance hahah

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Why hasn’t anyone brought up that it looks like Bosh and Wade worked on nothing this summer? Dwyane Wade looks less athletic, and his jumpshot looks like it got worse. Bosh still can’t turn over his left shoulder in the post, something KG realized, gave bosh an easy right handed layup, wide open, in which Bosh barely made it and almost fell down. If your a post player, an elite one at that, and haven’t learned how to turn over both shoulders in the post in 5+ years you should be ashamed of yourself. Where is this guys work ethic? Your the “new big 3″ but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work on your games.

  • feez22

    & ya nothing is ever good enough… Lebron 35-10-9? people gonna brush that off like nothing ever happened because they lost not realising that if not for lebron they would have lost by 25. Wade doesn’t show up, bosh even though progressing isn’t there yet yet lebron gets the brunt of the blame YET AGAIN… that just tells me yall think this is LEBRON’S TEAM. funny how that works. You say that lebron is going to miami to be a SIDEKICK and to be wade’s pippen and all this other stuff… yet when the heat lose to boston you blame the game on lebron even with his crazy effort last night… just tells me yall know its lebron’s team. Wade had a horrible game i don’t hear people saying SHIT about that. i understand the bosh hate he is a tertiary option that needs to improve on the glass and is criticised on being soft… but seriously i haven’t heard 1 non-heat fan say anything bad about wade here… i guess wade’s the sidekick huh?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’m just trying to figure out how 44 minutes is too much for a 25 year old who has averaged 40 minutes a game for his career?

  • JalepinoSausage

    NBK . WORD TO ALL THE HATER’S MOMMAS.

  • JalepinoSausage

    enigmatic ; coz he got tired pumping ur moms all nite before that:-)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    44 minutes isn’t too many. 44 minutes of isolation plays is. Does Erik Spoelstra not know what Cleveland ran for the last 7 years? Why in the world would you imitate something that is proven to only work in the regular season? that is the important question.

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

    Why are we complaining about LeBron’s effort, when Wade was pathetic? 2-12 shooting? Inexcusable. At the same time, I do think its pathetic that LeBron was complaining about playing too many minutes. Again proving everything the haters say, that he is a quitter, chokes in the clutch, isn’t a leader, etc… They run no plays for each other, you know what they are gonna do every trip down the court, throw it to one of the big 3 and get out of the way. Its not working, for Boston is committed to defense, so they are stacking the paint and daring LeBron or Wade to shoot. Bosh got took to school by a much older Garnett and a much smaller Glen Davis, I must say, he is, in my opinion, the most overrated player in the league. Just thought I would get that off my chest.

  • tRay

    ^^and I’m glad you did cuz it needed to be said.

  • vtrobot

    yeah, it’s really easy being ray and running that much and around so many screens is easy but it’s hard to be LBJ, i get it now. LBJ is a little bit bigger than ray, right? he should be able to take that extra contact, right? LBJ should develop the best jump shot in the game if he wants things to be as easy as they are for jesus. so the people supporting the guy who complained about playing too many minutes AREN’T the sack riders in the comments section? that seems backwards. no MIA/Bron fans on these boards thinks that too many minutes should be about be about #20 on the Heat’s list of troubles right now? you think the C’s and the Lakeshow aren’t built for a marathon? MIA is the epitome of a team built for a 100-yard dash.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    LeBron should just abandon his Twitter and all the hate messages he gets on the daily and just come hang out here where he gets love all day and can do no wrong. SMH…

  • Jagster

    Keep believing that JTaylor.

    That’s your next excuse (“Dwayne Wade didn’t play well in this one”)? Lol.

    Just because the Celtics were “toying with them” doesn’t mean that they didn’t toy with them long enough to have their starters on the floor at the end (or the Celtics could of had their bench on the floor and still blew a big lead). What’s your point?

    You still want to make excuses after the second game in Miami?

    I like Miami. I can tell you we got creamed. The Celtics always lose focus when they have big leads. It hadn’t nothing to do with us (Miami).

  • http://slamonline.com Philly

    trade bosh for thabeet!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    i don’t think he said it the right way (not the first time that has happened) but it really is kinda too much. They have to utilize their rotations better. You have three superstars and they all are on the court at the same time. Just having two is even enough to win most games. play a combination of two for 2/3 of the game and all three for 1/3. Split evenly that would only be about 30 minutes per player. Unless their bench really sucks that bad, and well it kinda does. But just let them play!

  • Brian

    Bosh isn’t a post player. Elite? Maybe if he went back to G Tech.

  • http://lace30002000@yahoo.com jonathan

    Lebron I have nothing against you bro but your complaining about too many minutes. Number one your black male and do you know how many blacks males are making a millions of dollars to play ball, a hand full, enjoy it you have guys everyday who make less than you and complain dont complain about their issues. Play the game while you still got it life is short. . Thats why you get paid the big bucks for> Cool guy but still show immaturity. Its not your world and where did you find your publicist for that horrible decision show. I need a job.

  • JTaylor21

    BCrawford, explain to me what he did wrong except for going 0-5 from 3 (why the hell does he take that many 3s?). He carried the team back from a 20pt deficit, almost had another monster trip dub and was the only heat player to play with passion and effort apart from UD. Where are all the questions and comments for Wade/Bosh’s bad night at? Seems like no matter what Bron does out there people will still find a way to twist it all up into him having a bad game and costing his team the win while Kobe can do no wrong and they even blamed PGasol for the loss last night ( goes for 17/20) while kobe goes 11-32 and he’s praised as a valiant hero that tried to will his team to victory. Does that make any sense to you?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Uncle05Sam Earl

    “too many minute for hisself”.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    JTalor: perhaps complaining like a little b*tch is where he went wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    why is complaining about PT a b*tch move (which it is) but complaining about KG’s psychological warfare isn’t? (it is also, actually more so). Just saying, people if your gonna have a problem with one form of complaining you should also have a problem with the other.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    JT21: The summer is over, it’s not about him anymore. It’s about the Heat now. So what Bron almost put up a triple-double. MIAMI LOST, but everyone wants to paint it like LeBron won because he had a good game. No. It’s sickening to hear people on here point out the shortcomings of Wade and (rightfully so) Bosh while praising LeBron when his TEAM lost. And then he wants to complain about his minutes?! That’s wack. He played a great game, but that’s what he does. That should come as a surprise to nobody. And Kobe shot horribly, but he will always get a pass because of his track record and resume. LeBron doesn’t have that, so it doesn’t really matter what he does. I personally could care less about his stats. Miami is 5-4, so what he’s doing individually means jack.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Funny how that works, huh, nbk? Dummies can’t see that. BTW, from my current vantage point, Spo, Arroyo and Anthony are all in an embrace at the moment…nude. I am mystified, yet excited!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Bryan, just so you know, the Bulls will STILL be out of the playoffs before the Heat will be, so talk that sh*t when April rolls around. Otherwise, you’re as boring as the rest of the nincompoops here. How about this remarkable bit of info? Maybe….just maybe, the Celtics are better than the Heat right now. You know, a better team with better chemistry with a BETTER COACH. I’m glad no one on the Heat complained about Big Bad KG though…wouldn’t want THAT sort of pus*iness on my squad. Just saying.

  • AL

    What a tool!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    NBK: I never complained about KG’s trash talking, bro. I just said KG shouldn’t be a b*tch when people go after him for it. Read up, bro. You are -NOT- a superstar if you can’t play 44 minutes a game during critical times.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Eboy, you keep bringing up the Bulls as if that actually means anything in the context of the conversation. It doesn’t. Now, keep talking ish and I’m going to call the police. And Miami Heat security…

  • JTaylor21

    BCrawford, what does past achievements have to do with anything. Did kobe win any of those rings last week? NO so the past shouldn’t matter, it’s all about what have you done lately. Also didn’t PGasol also win 2 chips in a row and was the BIGGEST reason for the lakers turnaround, so where is his pass? All I’m saying is that how can people blame one player for his team loss when he had a great game but don’t blame another for having a bad game which led to his team’s loss. Only in the past few comments have people begun to put some blame on Wade and Bosh’s terrible peformance but before that it was bron this, bron that.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Oh, and E, you being “excited” at Spo, Arroyo, and Anthony sharing a nude embrace… Pause. You may as well just go up and ring the doorbell and join in. Go on, you know you want to….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You’re right, B. I’m bringing up your squad because unlike the Heat, they don’t have a ceiling anything more than a first or second round exit. It was meant to needle you. Which it did. I love you.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Hey man, that’d be all good with me, I’d just be following your lead of leaving rose petals for Derrick all the way from the bed to the bath that you’ve already worked it out on.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    JT21: The past doesn’t matter… This from the same person who waves the Bill Russell flag and his 11 championship rings as proof that there is no GOAT when referencing MJ. Oh, the irony…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jukai did I direct that at you? It just reminded me of the KG thing, and I know a few people in here that are calling out LeBron’s comments yesterday were defending Joakim and Charlie V earlier this week. Some people are hypocrits, I just wanted them to realize it. But that wasn’t directed at you, unless your one of those people.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    That wasn’t me E, but you’re obviously not doing black ops on this stakeout, you’re just a pervert and a peeping Tom with a thing for homos. I love you too, just not in the way that you seem to like.

  • T-Money

    Bron played a great game so he didn’t deserve the criticism last night. Against Utah, he sucked, he was crazy passive. But I just don’t understand how Bron can be the scapegoat for yesterday’s loss when it was just basically him and UD that showed up. Just be rational in your hate, people. That’s all I’m asking. Seriously, though… why do you guys care so much about what happens outside the lanes? Who cares what he said in the post-game interview? Stop getting your panties in a bunch.

  • robb

    I don’t like Lebron for a number of reasons but on the other hand I think I understand what he’s saying. He doesn’t want the Heat to be Cleveland v.2. He wants other players to step up, I think it has to do more with that. It’s pretty clear that he doesn’t want to be THE guy that’s why he’s in Miami with Wade and Bosh. But it’s like the Spiderman thing: With great power comes great responsibility but he may not want that responsibility and with Rupaul and other Heat players not stepping up, Lebron’s starting to get nervous

  • JTaylor21

    BCrawford, come-on son when did I ever wave the bill russell flag and his 11 rings? Nice of you to state facts and stick with the topic at hand there. Whatever, lets continue to praise the Mamba and “his” 5 rings (like he won them by himself) if even he goes 11-32 and cost his team the game but continue to bash Bron and his 0 rings even when he puts up monster trips dub. I guess people don’t know the difference between “team” and “individual” accomplishments.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    LOLZ.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Kulchakris

    hey

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    T-Money, stop getting yours in a bunch. This isn’t your first day. What he says in a post-game presser is a look into what he was thinking and feeling on the court. If he was fatigued, there’s no harm in that, but instead of verbalizing it in a press conference, a REAL LEADER and a REAL ALPHA would’ve called out his teammates (namely Wade and Bosh) for not giving him enough help to try and get the win.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Kulchakris

    fix your comment board before i start posting weird shiat

  • RM3

    When ‘Bron wins, he is King. When he loses, it is always his supporting cast (in Cleveland). What’s the excuse now? Too many minutes? We’re only 9 games into the season, he had a day to rest, he got to sleep in his own bed, PLUS he’s only 25. He doesn’t have the will or drive to “GO ALL OUT” in a game when he is losing against a team that already beat them once, and will definitely see again? This definitely strengthens the Cavs owner’s claim that LeBron quit against the Celtics in last years playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    JT21: Don’t make me go into the archives from this summer on you. I mean, it’s not like I’m making stuff up about you. You said that. You have selective amnesia when it suits you, but I don’t play those games. And for the record, I didn’t praise Kobe for anything.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    or maybe Erik Spoelstra should bite the bullet and admit his rotation is beyond inconsistent. SMH, basketball is a rhythm sport, if the basic function of playing time is going to be this inconsistent then they will never mesh cohesively. Not at a championship level atleast. LeBron should never admit he’s tired to anyone in the media, NEVER. But his coach should have some kind of consistency that will enable his players to catch their breath and feel comfortable for the entire 48 minutes. And i’m talking about for the sake of the whole Heat team, not just LeBron’s over emphasized reputation.

  • JTaylor21

    BCrawford, please do. I’ve stated Hakeem/Kareem/Wilt/Magic and a few others but I’ve never stated Russell belongs there just because of his 11 rings because rings are a “team” accomplishments but coming from a loyal bulls/MJ fan I can see why you think otherwise. Don’t you guys believe that MJ won all those rings by himself? That’s why it’s always MJ and the jordanires.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Wade won by himself. I cannot recall anyone else doing so.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Wade did not win by himself. He had 4 amazing games against a team without an above average defensive wing. Shaq was still more then productive for that heat team, plus they had a ton of veterans that understood their roles and how to pick their spots. Plus Gary Payton hit the biggest shot of that series, not dwyane wade.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @JT21: OK bro, whatever you say. I put those words in your mouth about Bill Russell.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Raise your hand if Wade won by himself.

  • rand33p

    HEY EBOY it’s not lebrons play ppl are dogging its his comments/attitude afterwards… don’t be a stan

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Why would anyone blame LeBron James for this loss? He played phenomenally. You can tell who really shows up to play when the Heat go up against great teams with superior defense and Wade becomes non-existent.
    And the Heat REALLY need to give Bosh more touches–he shot a good percentage last night and he is literally their only post scorer. He CAN produce but he needs more touches, and so far he hasn’t been getting that.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    It’s hilarious that people are saying “LeBron never takes responsibility for losses. Whose fault is it now?” Uhhh, actually it’s still not his fault because THE MAN ALMOST HAD A TRIPLE DOUBLE WITH 35 FREAKING POINTS.

  • T-Money

    Bryan Crawford: Your 4:14 comment is so full of sh–. If he had done that, you would be here b-tching about how he’s crying for help. You’ve decided that LeBron is not a leader/alpha/winner. There is absolutely nothing that will change your opinion on that. Even rings. You personally have been criticizing him for deferring too much and being too selfish (wtf?). Everything you say on this guy needs to be taken with the whole salt shaker. D-Wade played one of the worst game of his life, CB got punked all game long and you’re here b-tching about Bron.. Wow.

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

    I think lebron meant 44 mins is too much to play repeatedly, not just one game. He didnt tell me, but it makes sense. Anyways, carryon with all the craziness. Emiddleagedman on his black ops outside spos house.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Sub-par game against good team= Heat win because he didn’t dominate the ball. Spectacular game against good team= Heat loss, because no one else more than likley had the opportunity to be effective. And (I think Jukai) is right; at least Cleveland’s collective D would’ve held Lebron down.

  • JTaylor21

    Spaceship Jay, was wade the one guarding Dirk in the finals? Was wade the one that shutdown the paint? Was wade the one that hit the most important shot in that series? Was wade the one that went bonkers in the final 6 minutes of GM6 and basically sealed the chip for them? NO, NO, NO, and HEll NO. So how did wade win by himself when he had plently of help and different players stepped up at crucial times. Back to the situation at hand; Bron did play those 44 mins so whats the fuss about? It’s not like he refused to finish the game bcuz he was tired. Also this has nothing to do with bron and everything to do with wade and posh spice. People forget that Bron plays his best VS the celts and is avg the most PPG vs the celtics in L history over the so-called GOAT MJ. Bron- Beast vs the best defensive team, Wade/Posh Spice- below avg. vs the same team.

  • HEHATEME

    sign marbury, Add Pat Riley, Trade Bosh for Zach Rondolph and marc Gasol.

  • PapaBearATL

    Miami needs to trade Bosch for a real center, move Haslem to the forward spot and teach Lebron a post game and work the inside out with all those dang shooters. He’s a big dude, that’s a lot of stress on the body… Wait it’s the NBA they’re mostly all big dudes, lol! 44 mins is what you were paid for! If you don’t wanna be worked, give the money back!

  • countdowntofailure

    44 minutes is too much? Maybe that’s the reason LeBron completely disappeared against the Jazz in overtime the previous game.

  • Groves@UWA

    Heat need to sign Eric Dampier

  • kobesBESTfriend

    when the going gets tough…lebron quits!!!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    if your name is KobesBestFriend you can’t say things like that and expect people to find you funny, your more likely to be viewed as a girl from colorado then as a funny person.

  • vtrobot

    d. wade had ‘toine. i don’t get why you wouldn’t just say that you lost because you didn’t play well as a team or because your “effort” allowed baby to get his own rebound and allowed a PG to dunk on you. if you want to call out spo in the media maybe bring up the fact that you didn’t run many great plays or that your overall strategy was flawed. the coach played you too many minutes? maybe blame his unsatisfactory pre-game speech next time. LBJ had to know that it would take time, but i wonder if he ever thought that the 2009 Cavs would seem so much better than the 2010 Heat. yeah, he has wade (who’s hardly been able to play well with him at all yet) and bosh (who i would say is equivalent to jamison these days). sign erick and add another one of shaq’s favorite verbal punching bags.

  • T-Money

    Spaceship Jay: saying that no one had the opportunity to be effective is dishonest. Wade got looks, Bosh too.

  • http://celticknightk3@aol.com Celtic Knight

    Larry Bird and Magic Johnson would most desire to play the full 48 minutes to be sure to win games and especially the two meet up in the Finals. Larry Bird in his elite years had said he always had enough stamina to play two games or could play two games a night he had his way. If I got paid as much as Lebron did, my goodness I would try to do the same as to play 48 minutes win or lose. This is why Lebron will probably never be a champion because he doesn’t have the mind set like Boston, Lakers and Bulls NBA legends.

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

    All this ignores the biggest story from last night: MELO BEASTED ON THE LAKERS!!!

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

    All this ignores the biggest story from last night: MELO BEASTED ON THE LAKERS!!! Suck it ron.

  • The Philosopher

    He probably is partying down there. I mean, it is Miami. He probably was gassed at half time.
    Anyways, he STILL puts up a triple double in his sleep. While gassed.
    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!

  • C.B

    I see where he’s coming from..this article is very bias and its obvious.

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

    MELO BEASTED ON THE LAKERS. And the real big three is in san antonio

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

    Thanks slam and wordpress for makin me look like a spammer.

  • Mr. Robinson

    Y’all remember when Jay z mased R.Kelly 4 calling Beyonce’s name in his sleep while they was performing in Chicago? LeBton sound like R Kelly.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    Kindergarden in here.
    LeBron is a great player. Period.
    Basketball is a team sport. Period.
    Miami needs a better coach . Period.
    A lot of comments made here can be eaten at around february. Period.

  • the nerve

    cats hatin on the dude. Yeah I’ll tell it! wat yall hatin on him cuz he dark skinned? I see too many a yall jockin Carmello’s pretty punk ass. Kobe all pretty. I know. Lebron is ugly as hell. F@gg0ts

  • Blackphantom

    What kinda NBA superstar complains that there playing too many minutes?? That’s sounds pretty punkish

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

    The nerve needs to be more sensitive, be sweet…… …. On second thought, nerve appears to be plenty sweet.

  • Blackphantom

    …The Real Big three is in San Antonio??? *facepalm*

  • BostonBaller

    What?!? The young fella has “help” now so minutes aren’t a factor…In Cleveland he played a lot and Wade/ Bosh did the same with their teams…What gives?

  • the nerve

    Tarzan ima get Crawford on u

  • Fat Lever

    Hey Lebron, you want to play less mins? Then handle your biz and blow them out. Otherwise, shut the f*ck up and play the game. It seems like Bosh’s b!tchiness is rubbing off on the entire team.

  • Blackphantom

    co-sign fat lever

  • 80

    “For myself, 44 minutes is too much, and I know it for a fact Dwyane`s Gatorade wasnt cold enough and Bosh`s Jersey wasnt ironed,”James declared.

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

    Blackphantom, its true. And they have 3 big championships to prove it……. …. Nerve, whatever.

  • JalepinoSausage

    They way hes playing right now , he could average a triple deuce this year.

  • JalepinoSausage

    Like sombdy said 1 day = There are Peeps with Ba11s & sadly there are also Peeps like Brain Crawfi$h – with Ba11s on their forehead :-)

  • james

    BRYAN CRAWFORD KILLIN YALL

  • flipnoyce

    I wonder how many people are breaking their legs jumping off the Heat Bandwagon? This team was supposed to annihilate the league with these SUPER FRIENDS. After watching the two games, its clear to me that it is not the coaching part that is wrong with MIAMI. It’s their chemistry and leadership. Lebron doesn’t speak up, Wade won’t step up to the plate cause of Lebron. Bosh just chose to stay quiet.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    LBJ just needs to say it’s his team rather than taking a back seat. He’s the better player, and he should be alpha. Wade will be the scorer 1a. Bosh is their lap dog.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Iverson averaged 45.1mpg in the playoffs, and 46.1mpg in their run to the Finals.
    -
    LeBron did play well last night. Drove to the basket as he should. Deserved a lot of those free throws, but also had a few gifts.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    And Ray Allen, if you haven’t noticed, is a PRO.

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

    Ray allen is still jesus shuttlesworth. The best shooter of all time. Book that.

  • http://celticknightk3@aol.com Celtic Knight

    Thank you Tarzan now that is something I can really agree with you on that one. Let us hope that Ray Allen will have his best year in his whole career in 2011 campaign!

  • Jackie Moon

    Wait … which is it? Do you want to play all 48 minutes or not? Lebron contradicts himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX-s5UPWVH8

  • http://celticknightk3@aol.com Celtic Knight

    San Antonio’s big 3 is almost obsolete. Celtics don’t have big 3 anymore it’s called BIG 4. The new big 3 (Miami) can’t handle the BIG 4! :D

  • JTaylor21

    Reggie >>>> Ray Ray. Reggie has never ever gone 0-8 in a BIG game and hit way more crunch-time shots. Also Reg led his team to a finals apperance while Ray Ray never got past the 2nd round in Sea.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Can someone (who actually knows) tell me why Chalmers isn’t getting more playing time? Seemed to me that dude was pretty good when he was a rook, and he can’t be as useless as Carlos. I’m assuming he gambled too much to get all of those steals his rookie year? They have such trouble with good opposing pgs, why not let him try to defend them?

  • JTJ

    I think the Heat were waiting for the fireworks to get started.

  • pistol

    Let Don Nelson coach the Heat – Fun times!

  • Jay Reyes

    man, if I played in the NBA, I would love every minute of it. so would any schmuck here. but the sad thing about it? the “King” of basketball complained he had too much…

  • Jackie Moon

    IT’S NEVER LEBRON’S FAULT! CHECK HIS $TATS!!!!

  • bill breedley

    Lebron James is a loser. What star has ever complained of too much minutes? loser. MJ and KB would never ask for less minutes. that is why they have 6 and 5 rings respectively and Queen Sidekick has ZEEEEERRRRRROOOOOO!!!!!!! PP showed him when he took his talents to South Beach. classic beatdown.

  • bill breedley

    so much for Sidekick’s supposed ability to make his team better. I thought his superfriends in Dwade and Bosh were at least in the 15 best players in the game today. What more can Sidekick ask for? He just is not as good as hyped. Assisted by favorable calls and no calls and still not enough as they are now languishing at 5-4 hahahaha. Looking forward to this Epic fail in the end

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Hes a best but he isn’t a killer and this proves why

  • Kyle

    People would talk sh!t about Iverson, but he never wanted to come out of the game, and left every bit of himself on the court. It’s not like he’s a 36 year old Jordan or 36 year old Nash who knows that rest is needed if he wants to continue playing. He’s 25 years old(though looks much older), and is crying about minutes.

    The only reason Queen James is saying this is so Pat Riley will step into coach. Or at least, that’s what he’s hoping. I can really hear Kobe saying, “why am I playing 44 minutes?” He will play through any injury and has never made an excuse… Dirk tonight played with a sprained ankle. Jesus, how can he even be the best with this attitude? I’d take 15 guys over him… sure, they won’t give you insane stats(since he takes the most shots, gets the most non traveling calls since the ABA days.

    Notice how Wade didn’t say he shouldn’t be playing 40 minutes? When he probably should be on sideline healing from injuries… wow, anyone who doesn’t think LeBron is gay now is retarded. Allen played 42 minutes, and outplayed him. Most players hide injuries so that they don’t sit… remember Grant Hill and Penny being called soft? They played through injuries and destroyed their careers(though Hill made a comeback.) And both were in the playoffs when they were playing hurt.

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

    Basically, the Heat are massively underachieving and not for the reason you would immediately think of (although Bosh’s softness to NOT be a highly paid rebounder and third stringer offensively gets marks…). They suck right now because they have NO IDENTITY. LeBron needs the ball to create for himself firstly and his team mates when the D collapses. Wade is almost identical to that but closer to the Kobe mold in that, his passing doesn’t come freely. And Bosh…. well he was used to being the man and practically being force-fed 25 shots a game (or until he reached 25 ppg which ever came first on the night). SO Bosh getting 7-12 shots a night and rarely consecutive shot attempts is making him out to be the highly paid role player I had envisioned on this team. ALSO: DARE I SAY IT??? Coach Spo’ can’t. He is letting the men run and cant step in to right the ship if it’s leaning (think Vinny Del Negro with a tan). I expect this team to get better, but it is enjoyable seeing them struggle.

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

    (ESSENTIALLY) I do have a point…. this team needs a very stringent set of playing sets. Think Phil Jackson-esque but perhaps something more like Doug Collins or Jerry Sloan even. IN FACT: WE NEED THE FIRST COACHING TRADE IN THE NBA. Swap Spo’ for Doug Collins…. he needs to be freed from PHILLY ASAP/.

  • Kyle

    He’s averaging 37.6 minutes a game… Dirk averaged that the past two seasons while playing in 81 games both seasons.

    Ray Allen is averaging 40 minutes a game this season. And runs of nonstop screens while managing to shoot far better from everywhere.

    Pierce, who is 33 is averaging not even one minute less, and he’s not crying.

    Brandon Roy who is playing injured plays about the same minutes.

    What should James do? Should be play 40 minutes a game like Jordan, Bird, Magic did, and Kobe does? What should he do? Take responsibility for going to play Wade’s sidekick? What should he do? Stop blaming refs, coaches, and teammates? What should he do?

  • flipnoyce

    @jackie moon 10:28 comment,NICE!!! So Which is it Lebron? Make up your damn mind, every one in here would like to be in your shoe even for just 1 minute of that time. I wonder if this loss was one of the metaphor DWade was talking about, something about the Twin Tower falling,lol.

  • RedRum

    I can’t believe he said that… seriously Lebron??? Seriously??? Just for your info, Chamberlaine AVERAGED 48.5 mpg for a season, he never left the court, not even for overtime. Ridiculous… this guy Lebron is really loosing it…

  • Kyle

    I agree that they have the wrong coach, but isn’t this LeBron’s mantra? He always has an excuse… He is the guy who said signing Larry Hughes would get him to the finals(so they overpaid him and you know the rest.) And he thought Bosh would help him? He had a more loyal team in Cleveland, and deserted them. LeBron and Wade both need the ball(look at their assist totals and number of shots they’ve taken throughout their careers.) They monopolize the ball… this is like when Francis and Marbury teamed up(but with more talent and more FAIL to be had.)

    It was a poorly put together team of 2 all-stars(one being a fake one sort of like Rasheed Wallace or Antoine Walker.) He needed someone who could shoot from deep and hit clutch shots. Or a real low post presence. They wanted a running team, but didn’t get the right pieces. You need a true point guard and power forward who can play center and RUN the floor if you want that.

    And a real point guard just in case LeBron is turning the ball over 8 times that night. Even Mike Miller was a bad call, because though he can score and shoot, he’s always hurt No coach would be able to manage this team. They’ll breeze into the playoffs(and they’re going to still win 55 to 58 games) and get knocked out by Orlando or Boston. Or even the Hawks. It’s pretty funny. Sloan wouldn’t want to coach LeBron or Bosh, he’d flip if Queen James cried about playing too many minutes when they’re an undermanned team. Or literally cut Bosh after Rondo dunks like that while he just watches.

  • Kyle

    Del Negro was also a pretty good coach… he had the underdog Bulls with a rookie in Rose and Hinrich at 80 percent(plus Ben Gordon who’s 5’9)take the Celtics to a game 7.

    But those players had heart.

  • Yesse

    I think this is just an excuse. You can’t blame the coach for everything and LeBron can’t play 44 minutes? Come on. Alot of guys older than him can play that much. Maybe not every game, but every once in a while.

  • RedRum

    I still cannot get this… seriously, is that a real quote? So what happens in Game 7 ECF against the brutal Celtics, he plays 39 mins to keep himself fresh? this guys is really ridiculous…

  • max

    And people got on Iveron balls for complaining about practice??? This is effing ridiculous. Lebron, no matter his stats, is just so unprofessional. He takes everything for granted, more than any other professional athlete on this planet. He’s lost all sense of reality…

  • Justin

    Yes Lebron played hard, he played well, and it doesn’t matter. 44 minutes for a guy in his prime, supposed to be a specimen of an athlete, should not be that big a deal. Harlem said you can’t play that many minutes and have spring in your step to finish games? Oh really? Ask Magic who played the entire game vs. Philadelphia in the Finals playing every position. Tell that to Michael who averaged 42 minutes a game in the Finals against Phoenix and look at the garish numbers he put up every game. I keep mentioning the Finals because those are some 90+ games ahead of the 9th game Lebron is complaining about minutes in. I don’t think I’ve ever heard any superstar, or any player for that matter, complain about too many minutes. You do whatever it takes to win every single minute on the floor in every single game. Period

  • All Day

    Maybe LeBron took too much of his talents to South Beach…bring some of that talent with you to American Airline Arena so you can play heavy minutes without complaining, bro!

  • danmcdirty

    this is the first time ever that i heard that from a professional basketball player. jordan, bryant, iverson, ewing, barkley, bird, magic, olajuwon, robinson, kemp – not even the fat one -, malone, pippen, you name em wouldve ever possibly stated too many minutes as a cheap excuse for a loss. any leader wouldve always loved to be in charge for 48 minutes. many of them did and put games away. this is not about athleticism or game. this is about character and will. as much athleticism and game james may have… in the same way he lacks character

  • JalepinoSausage

    Ha ha Brian C Can’t see the fact that Bron was saying that post game because he wants Pat to coach the team. Not because hes blaming Wade & Bosh as they will take a bit of time to adjust. Let me break it down : He feels Pat can bring discipline above all & great things to the team. A good coach won’t bring a title , a great one will. Ur too ANALitical to see the truth. + U CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH so u make things up. :-)

  • JalepinoSausage

    word

  • JalepinoSausage

    No one in the League was The Killer from day 1 apart from Magic.

  • JalepinoSausage

    Who decides the minutes peeps play ? I wonder… hmmm..

  • lebronze

    the problem is “He spoiled us too much with his play” that’s the problem.

  • Blackphantom

    What kind of NBA Superstar complains about the amount of minutes they play when they aren’t even injured?? Wow, he’s being such a Prima-Donna

  • Fat Lever

    They got 2 coaches on this team dictating minutes now. Coach Spo and Coach Ho.

  • Tom Heinsohn

    Ray Allen, 41:23… age 35 Heart of a champion

    LeBron James, 44:00….age 25 Heart of a fraud

    Let’s be honest, the Heat’s Big Three is a big two with a 7 foot perimeter shooter thrown in. Bosh is soft. Dwade is the real deal, but he and Bron are clearly struggling to synch up. When LeBron is forced to take it to the hole over and over (because Wade is either cold or sitting and there is noone else), he is getting clobbered in the paint. He is going to be one beat up Nike salesman by April.

    Unless Riley can play point guard and coach at the same time, it is not going to matter. Celtics are better. Magic are better. And Bulls may well be built to beat the Heat. Hah!

  • Aaron

    Suck it up Bron you wanted this

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/32JSE Yesse

    Every time LeBron has problems he blames the coach. Mike Brown got fired, soon Spoelstra is gone. He can’t really mess with Pat, because Pat would make him feel the punishment on that. You gotta have the passion to win if you want to win. I’m sure Kobe could have made the finals if he would have been a Cavalier instead of LeBron.

  • tavoris

    players are getting bigger, but their hearts are getting smaller.

  • tavoris

    Lebron never complained about minutes before, because he subbed himself in and out in Cleveland.

    It’s clear that he’s not used to being COACHED.

  • vtrobot

    @ JTaylor: I didn’t know that we were talking about Reggie. Who has more rings, Reggie or Ray? Who’s going to have the most 3′s ever in the L? In the who looks more like an alien category, Reggie kills Ray. Also, Ray can only dream of being the commentator that Reggie is.

  • giogolo

    F00k Lebron. Hes a cancer to dwade’s career.

  • http://slamonline.com Philly

    they need a center!! Z is too old

  • Jake

    WAAAH WAAAH, Lebron always whines and never takes the blame. He ALWAYS blames somebody or something other than himself, Pau just played 43 minutes in the denver game and when the media asked him how do you feel about all those minutes he replied “I’m fine with it, because of our current predicament I have to play more but you have to do what it takes”.

  • http://celticknightk3@aol.com Celtic Knight

    Ok I see some people here talkin’ Reggie better than Ray so it looks like they felt threaten by Ray Ray about to break Reggie’s record HA! Oh if they say Reggie > Ray then I say Larry Legend > Reggie cos the Legend gets pushed out of bounds while he makes 3s and has won 3x three point contests and made much more three pointer game winning shots than Reggie ever had PERIOD!

  • DarK_Kai

    It is so obvious that there are beginning to be more Lebron haters than Kobe hater and nut riders put together. Why is it so polarised in the US?

    Why cant you see that even when people play lots of minutes, they normally get a rest in the 3rd or 4th quarter – a decent rest. Look at Kobe’s minutes and other major stars minutes.

    Secondly, not everyone plays at both ends of the floor.

    Lastly, as someone pointed out earlier, if you get hammered on your layups for 44 mins, it takes it out of you. Ask Shaq about the Hack-a-Shaq.

    Yall are weak. Still way to early to call him a quitter.

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