Stan Van Gundy to LeBron James: Stop Crying Over Scrutiny

by June 21, 2011

SVG can’t help himself when it comes to answering the media’s leading questions, and it’s never more entertaining than when he’s asked for his thoughts on the Miami Heat, and their superstar LeBron James. From SRI (via 790 The Ticket): “Has LeBron James been covered fairly by the media? ‘That’s an interesting question. He’s been covered in great volume, which generally if you get that kind of attention will lead to some exaggeration at times both ways. Maybe at times they are making you greater than you are and at times trying to say that you’re not as good as you really are, but I think the biggest things about LeBron’s coverage and the Heat’s coverage in general is just in extreme volume. There’s probably not a team, certainly not a team in our sport that has generated that kind of interest in a long, long, time and maybe not in any sport.’ At any point did you find yourself feeling bad for LeBron James? ‘No I can’t say that. Look I’m not the most empathetic person in the world anyway, but look first of all it’s sports. The thing that would make me feel bad for somebody was some personal issue. I’m not going to feel bad that you are struggling on a basketball court because you only get to within two wins of a championship. Come on there was nothing to feel sorry for. I got a little tired I’ll admit of the whole everybody hates us routine. I thought first of all it’s not true. Okay it’s the same as the Yankees type of thing. There’s just a lot of people interested, so there may be more people who dislike you. There are also more people that like you. There’s a great deal of interest. Second of all they brought it on…LeBron more than anybody. They brought all that scrutiny and attention on yourself. You went out seeking it then don’t cry in the face of it. That to me got to be a very tiresome story line.'”