Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 10:25 am  |  39 responses

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Say They Were More Criticized Than the Los Angeles Lakers

The rapidly sinking ship that is otherwise known as the 2012-’13 Los Angeles Lakers has been torn to shreds by fans and media — last night on “Inside the NBA”, Charles Barkley complained about TNT forcing him to go watch “those bums” in person next week. According to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, however, that’s nothing compared to what they and the rest of the Miami Heat went through immediately following “The Decision”. Per the Miami Herald: “James and Wade had to chuckle Thursday when asked if the current scrutiny the Lakers are experiencing compares to what the Heat went through in 2010. Not even close, said the Heat’s stars. ‘No one will ever be able to compare what we went through,’ James said. ‘Even though they’re not winning and they’re losing a lot of games, it’s still nowhere near what we went through. Yeah, right. That level of magnitude was nowhere near where ours was two years ago. Nothing. Nothing compares to it.’ [...] ‘It’s the Lakers,’ Wade said. ‘They’re America’s team. I keep saying it. They’re the standard of what the NBA has been for years, Boston and the Lakers. But the Lakers are in L.A., the big market. So, from that standpoint, you understand it. You get it.’ Still, Wade and James seem to take some satisfaction in believing what the Heat survived in 2010 was more difficult. On the surface, the prideful chest pounding seems a little silly, but James in particular has said overcoming the negative attention in 2010 was one of the biggest accomplishments of his career. [...] ‘Because of everything that happened in 2010 with offseason signings, it was, automatically, just a lot of negative things that was said about us,’ Wade said. ‘[Los Angeles] didn’t go through that at the beginning. They didn’t go through anything negative about bringing those guys together, so ours started off bad and it stayed bad for a while, and then we got better.’ [...] Wade suggested that some of the Lakers’ players were not fully prepared for the scrutiny. ‘I know [Kobe Bryant] understands it,’ Wade said. ‘That’s the nature of the beast out in L.A. I don’t know if every player that comes through there understands what you’re getting yourself into when you walk through those Lakers doors.’”

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  • Jimmer

    Wade’s last comment is spot on. Explains why a lot of their role players consistently under-perform.

  • terry

    Agreed I went to the Suns Heat game and every time LBJ touched the ball nothing but BOO’s. I had to stop and think what the heck did the decision have to do with The Suns why are we Boo’ing like he broke our heart

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The only similarity is people said that it was championship or bust once the Lakers roster was complete just as they did with Miami. But the winning reputation that the Lakers have also plays a part in it. Dwight is following Shaq and the other great big men that they’ve had. The Heat only had one championship before LeBron arrived. The criticism that they got was mainly because of how LeBron handled leaving Cleveland. If he had informed Dan Gilbert before leaving and taken out an ad in some Cleveland newspaper, it would have been a lot of criticism but it wouldn’t have been out of anger. It would have been purely basketball criticism. Less boos for LeBron last season on the road and it’s the same way now. His jersey is number 1 again. Everything’s basically back to normal. Anyone who has any issue with the Heat or LeBron now are in the minority and just don’t know about basketball.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • roscoe

    i can agree that the criticism LAL recieves is “not even be close” to MIA, because LAL was not stupid enough to throw a “championship parade & party” celebrating 10 titles before they won their 1st title.


  • shockexchange

    Mastering “the rules …” best Decision LeBron ever made.


    Lakers = Chumps

  • LakeShow


    You = Chump

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Agree. I think in 2010, we had associated Lebron with Cleveland so much that the way he left caught everyone off guard. Winning solves everything. The Heat hate was still quite high in 2011 when they were acting douchy against the Mavericks (making fun of Dirk being sick, excessively celebrating with a big lead in Game 2, etc.).

    But the way Lebron acted in 2011-2012 really changed my opinion of him. You could actually see the maturity in his game and personality, it was cool.

  • http://twitter.com/Soul007 Soul007

    The heat have got big problems; not only in rebounding but other areas. They hveto start coming out of the locker room as a champion and the team to beat for the 2012 -2013 championship ring. They have to take some lessons from the way the Pacers are playing. The pacers always come out with their game face on. They play hard every night and give their all. Miami Heat need to start doing the same or they will be out in the first round when the play off start. LeBron have to start scoring more points and learn how to take over during the crunch time. When they go to the basket, they have to put the ball in the basket instead of fooling around and looking for a foul whistle from the officials.
    Miami need a big guy who can score from the perimeters and rebound plus block shots. If they fail to make this adjustments soon; I’m afraid they will regret it later. I suggest that the whole starting line up practice how to shoot the 3 point shot. I noticed that they can all be a great 3 point shotters. All they need is practice. Wade did it the other night so everyone of them can do it. I wish then good luck but they need to start playing like champions.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • AndyK

    I had more hate for the Heat because of LeBron’s stupid T.V. special and that dumbass celebration before ever playing a game together in Miami…oh and the making fun of Dirk being sick situation. I’ve forgiven him now (but not the franchise for their antics). He’s absolutely the best player in the league though and has been for years.

    I also think another similarity in all of this is how Dwight and LeBron are both the villains. (Which Dwight is (hate him) and LeBron was).

  • The Mauve Avenger

    No one feels sorry for you. Men aren’t men anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    true. heat were winning and people still hated em lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    Regardless of the reason (decision) or hate for lebron only as a person, the heat suffered way more from the media and the entire world than these slow men in purp & yellow. And I honestly think they were way more mentally tough because honestly after the big 3′s first 10 games i didn’t think they would make the finals.

  • shockexchange

    (Kanye voice) “How come the Shock Exchange never has a problem til you in the hood? Yeah, bet ya wish ya could … Yeah, I know I wish ya would.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    why doesn’t the shock exchange ever prove the stupid sh*t he claims? wouldn’t have much of a problem, were the things he said backed up.

  • The Philosopher


  • shockexchange

    You’ve caught the Shock Exchange red handed … not using data to back up his statements. You’ve figured him out guy.

  • Max


  • Caboose


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that happened months ago.

  • shockexchange

    As your sorors blindly co-sign you in 5,4,3,2,1, . . . .

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Or you could just present an actual fact for once and see how that works out for you. Maybe you’ll sell a book if you can prove you aren’t just someone with IBS of the mouth

  • shockexchange

    Again guy, the Shock Exchange has been coming on this site for over a decade. He’s never has a problem til you come on here.

  • LakeShow

    Glad someone thought so.
    Took me a long time to get that comedic gem all ironed out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No you haven’t.

  • LakeShow

    Getting Wade to become a good 3 point shooter is fairly unlikely at this point.

  • The Philosopher

    Nbk & Shock…
    Beef of the year, so far.

  • Name

    I don’t get your last line, just because I have an issue with Lebron or the Heat doesn’t mean I don’t know basketball

  • Lorne

    It is oh so entertaining. But when they aren’t acting like catty lil ladies, they both have pretty valid points. I’m actually glad they’re both on the site. It’s almost as entertaining as the days Crawford, Enigmatic, and Allen used to be on here every day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor


  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    I gotta ask now… who more likely to stay…. DHoward or CP3?

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Smack dat biatch Nbk

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Stop saying that Withnail

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    I woulda said the same about JKidd 5 years ago…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    There should be no issues with him and his actual decision or the team he’s now playing for. Deciding to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh when you’re a free agent and can go wherever you want is a great decision to make. Anyone who disagrees with that decision is foolish. Off the court, I don’t care about how people feel about him. He made Cleveland look bad for no reason. But after more than 2 years, people should have let that go by now. Anyone who thinks he’s a bad guy now, they have no proof other than 1 bad hour on TV that rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

  • roscoe

    i think you make a good point… bron bron does a whole lot of good in the world and if ppl are critical of him they should recognize the good things too.

    basketball fans are lucky to watch bron bron.

  • LakeShow

    Really? Go look at Jason Kidd’s 3 point shooting. He is a career 35% shooter from deep… He’s only had a few bad seasons from deep, otherwise he’s always been average or better.