Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 1:55 pm  |  40 responses

LeBron James is Amused By the Indiana Pacers’ Trash Talking

The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers staged a bitter second round Playoff series last season, which the Heat won after trailing the series 2-1. Prior to tonight’s game in Indy, James said the Pacers continue to talk tough, and he’s greatly amused by their chirping (and inability to beat his team.) Per the Sun-Sentinel: “They took a 2-1 lead and were really excited about what was going on and they were talking a lot,’ he said. ‘They felt like they were the better team, we took control of the series.’ James said he continued to take note. ‘But they’ve been talking a lot,’ he said. ‘I read a lot of clips they had before the season, said they were better than us and they should have beat us, so we’ll be ready.’ James said such an approach is not his way. ‘I’m not one to talk much, honestly,’ he said. ‘I just do it on the court. I let my game do the talking, but it is amusing sometimes, you see guys, you see teams talking and they didn’t beat you.’ [...] ‘I’ve always kind of been after the fact,’ he said. ‘If I hear someone talking, then I will have a conversation with them, or say my peace out on the floor, but I will never start it up. My Little League coaches wouldn’t allow us to do that. They always told, ‘Just let your game do the talking.’”

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    40 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists in Game 4 in Indiana said all that LeBron needed to say. Meanwhile, Danny Granger embarrassed himself trying to look tough going at LeBron multiple times.

  • Redd

    I loved that so much.

  • Max

    Eh, They tried their best against the best.

  • TV63

    Too bad Melo didn’t have your coach! Ha Ha Most punk Pacer player every NBA team is fed up with is Hansbrough. He fights with everybody now. It’s hilarious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stormcityusa Storm Millenium

    I hate LeChoke, but I hate the Gaycers even more. Dirty team with a dirty coach! They are still da Chicago Bulls step kids.

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

    You’re so creative.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    You do realize that 2012 happened and even the most ridiculous “hater” of LeBron now has absolutely nothing to say against him as a basketball player, right? So nicknames like “LeChoke” are now considered out of style.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    They could have done it without the fake tough guy routine from Granger. I’d say that he didn’t help the team’s cause when they were already playing against a guy who was playing like a madman for the entire regular season and had a lot to prove to himself and those who saw him disappear in the Finals the year before. Not only did he end up going off in that Game 4, but he got D-Wade going too and that was it for the Pacers.

  • The Philosopher

    Wasn’t The King laughing at, AND humiliating Dirk Nowitzki about his alleged sickness during the Playoffs?
    Without cause?

  • LM_0

    more so mocking the media’s over reaction to anytime a player is feeling under the weather in the playoffs and try to claim it as a “flu game”

  • Max

    Euhm yeah I know it’s not smart but they tried something, Lebron would’ve destroyed them anyhow.

  • kick back

    well said.

  • Luminous Music

    “Say my *piece”

  • roscoe

    IND was trying to live up to the expectations of one of the all time hard @ss’ ever, Larry Bird.

    trash talking is A-okay w/ me, but i would never talk ish to bron bron…maybe kd.

    this ain’t checkers fellas.

  • roscoe

    the title has an asterisk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tmacgumerait Tanya MacGumerait

    I hope LeBron is enjoying the taste of that L tonight.

  • fruizm

    The Pacers won though!

  • Mars

    They are a better team. But they don’t have a LeBron, DWade, Bosh or a Ray Allen. So they can talk all they want.

  • RunNGun

    It’s not trash-talking… it’s gamesmanship. Learn the game.

  • deafballer

    he can’t taste it, the taste of his championship trophy is overpowering


    looool now that ^^^ is a freakin reply

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

    good win for the pacers, it will maintain their confidence at least a while till they crumble again come playoffs

  • 1vey2ink

    I’m amused that the Pacers won the game!

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The NBA title? You can’t be talking about that. If you are, did they not win it fairly? Was LeBron not the best player all season long? Did he not eliminate Melo? Did he not have that ridiculous Game 6 in Boston with elimination staring him and his team in the face against Rondo, KG, Pierce and Ray Allen? Did he not get D-Wade going after he was playing horribly and did those two together not knock the Pacers out? Did he not outplay Kevin Durant in the Finals? If anything, the regular season schedule that they played was harder than a regular 82 game schedule given how they crammed the games together. There’s no asterisk. They won fair and square.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    I wonder if he is still amused

  • roscoe

    as they say, “if you throw a rock into a pack dogs, the one that barks, is the one that got hit.”

    you have good points BAMN, but it was a shortened season, and according to me, roscoe, last year’s title has an asterisk and would have an asterisk no matter who had won it. the traditional physical and mental grind of a professional season in any sport, whether baseball, hockey, football, futbol, or hoops dismantles the weak teams and celebrates the strong… its true the nba played a difficult condensed schedule and a traditional playoff, but this is imo.

    bron bron is amazing and played great, no argument there.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I disagree because every team had the same schedule. The only difference is there were fewer games. No asterisk in my opinion. Just like there was no asterisk on the 99 season to me. If people are going to give that championship an asterisk, then the whole season must also have an asterisk to it. Every player, every stat, etc. The fact that the season was shortened through no fault of the players shouldn’t discredit the season that they had to play and what they did in that season. Not one player or team that the Heat played during the Playoffs was at a disadvantage. Each team had their superstar or star. LeBron and the Heat went through them all.

  • roscoe

    i don’t have an issue w/ putting asterisks next to all the stats or awards.

    i see your point and think you have a good perspective, but i don’t think we are bridging any gaps today.

    i will share this analogy to explain my reasoning… if you take a marathon runner and ask him or her to run a race with sprinters the distance is critical to who will win. clearly everyone has the same conditions to run in and it will be a fair competition, however a marathon runner’s strategy and training is different than sprinters who are trained for short distances.

    clearly, hoops is not running, although the sport requires a lot of running. i think you are a spurs fan from what i recall and if any team was put into more of a disadvantage i don’t know which team it is.

    to take it a step further… nba front office devise operational plans for players that accounts for rest days, medical treatment, time on the court, practice time to grow younger players, and much more so that when the playoffs come around they are at their best.

    lastly, you’re right, everyone faced d’same schedule which was tough.

  • NoAsteriskForTheHeat

    The playoffs weren’t shortened. Every team played the same amount of games in the regular season. The playing field was even. No team had an advantage.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Completely agree.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Not a Spurs fan. Some dude on here started calling me one after I argued that Tim Duncan is the best player since Jordan instead of Kobe. I completely respect your point of view. I just can’t put an asterisk on an entire season especially with the way LeBron played from start to finish. Now if they had played the Bulls in the postseason without D-Rose or something like that, that would be a different story. But I think it’s legit given that each team the Heat played had all of their horses. I don’t think the Spurs were put at a disadvantage even with the aging guys they have. They won the most games in the West. Swept through the first two rounds of the playoffs. OKC just wasn’t a great matchup for them at all.

  • deafballer

    speakin the truth!

  • Lupin

    lebron is good thats why he need to go to miami heat to get a ring lol….

  • trendsetter

    ‘I let my game do the talking’
    Translation: ‘Im not very smart or clever, but im real good at the basketball!’

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.wrigt Mel Wrigt

    However the taste of that 2013 Championship will be soooooooo much sweater, maybe next year Indiana will have a squad. hahahahahahahaha !

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.wrigt Mel Wrigt

    Is that the reason La Bron is the MVP ? Is that why the Pacers are the division champs ? Hmmmmmmm, you need to see a doctor, obviously your having brain issues

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.wrigt Mel Wrigt

    A title, and the name Champions has no meaning other then that! You probably are still sad the Lakers beat them in 2000. My advice is get over it !

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.wrigt Mel Wrigt

    The fact he went to Miami had nothing to do with it, simply put he wanted to win, and playing with D-Wade made more since than continuing to get second place in Clevland where their was very, very, very, little help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.wrigt Mel Wrigt

    Exactly so they should shut up and play.

  • Ethan Park

    No. He’s talking about flashing the peace sign and extending an olive branch on the court.