After months of speculation and whispers about potential tampering by Pat Riley and the Miami Heat in regards to the recruitment of LeBron James, it finally appears to be coming to a head. A Yahoo Sports report details that Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have engaged a prominent law firm to investigate the potential tampering charges that occured prior to LeBron James’ Free Agency and while he was still under contract with the Cavaliers.
After James announced his decision to sign the Cavaliers, several sources reported that James met with Miami Heat President, Pat Riley during the 2009-10 season and while James was under contract with the Cavs. Other reports indicate that LeBron, Wade, and Bosh predetermined their futures as far back as 2008. The NBA indicated that they would not investigate tampering charges unless either the Cavaliers or the Raptors formally requested an investigation take place.
Dan Gilbert has reportedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the law firm’s services thus far, and as is his nature, will spare no expense to get to the truth and to get a firm resolution for his franchise and his fans. The plan for Gilbert is reportedly to be able to hand the NBA enough information to confidently launch a full scale investigation and to quickly arrive at a conclusion.
Some have speculated that the Cavaliers and Raptors would have no technical ability to allege tampering as they ultimately entered into a sign and trade agreement with their respective stars. I would argue, however, that their hands were forced and they had no other option but to get what they could in return after being hung out to dry.
If it is true that these players plotted together to leave their current teams and to team up in Miami ahead of time, it is not only distasteful and disgusting, but illegal. If Pat Riley contacted LeBron James and/or Chris Bosh while they were under contract with other teams, he and the Heat could be in some serious trouble with the NBA. It’s unknown at this point how the NBA would treat Dwyane Wade’s involvement. If Wade acted as a direct agent for Riley and the Heat to relay information and to recruit players that are under contract, I would think this would be an issue as well.
According to league rules, prior to the free agency period which began July 1st, no Miami Heat representative (and this includes Dwyane Wade)was allowed to discuss with James the specific circumstances around Wade, Bosh, and James joining together with the Heat. From all accounts, this is EXACTLY what happened.
In addition to the alleged dinner that Riley had with James during the season when the Cavs played at Miami (this is the same game in which LeBron announced he would change his number from #23 to #6), the Cavaliers’ lawfirm is also investigating a meeting with Riley and Wade with James’ inner circle that allegedly occurred in Chicago in June.
Potential penalties for tampering include front office suspensions, fines, and the forfeiture of draft picks. Many league sources question the NBA’s true desire to investigate these allegations due to the negative attention it would bring to the NBA and it’s biggest stars. After the NBA showed zero desire to look into the allegations when they first came out, it would stand to reason that this is true.
One thing is sure. Dan Gilbert is not going to let this die and he’s going to do everything he can to provide enough evidence to force David Stern’s hand. If Gilbert is able to uncover enough evidence (and it sounds like he is well on his way to do so), Dan Gilbert will be forced to investigate fully.
We’ll see what happens, but there has been enough smoke and things that just haven’t seemed on the up and up to indicate that something happened. The players even admitted that they discussed it at the Olympics and Bosh let it slip during their “Welcome Party” that it was pre-arranged. To what degree though, we’ll have to wait and see.
LeBron James is one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports and one of the best players in the NBA today. Period. But NBA fans all over are starting to see who and what he really is. This includes Cavaliers fans who were once blinded by his supreme talent and charisma as well as uninvested NBA fans and general sports fans.
The events of this past summer has come to show us the immense degree of narcissism, selfishness, and arrogance of one LeBron Raymone James. He’s a young, powerful man with great wealth and great fame. Everyone can make a mistake or have a lapse in judgement. Not to mention, the way he seemingly quit against the Celtics in last year’s playoffs and the way he ended his career in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/aYc3fi)
But it just seems to be getting worse.
After losing for the second time this season, to the Boston Celtics, LeBron James complained that his coach, Erik Spoelstra, played him and Dwyane Wade too many minutes. LeBron then went on to intentionally bump his coach in a blatant sign of disrespect. If that weren’t enough, LeBron then is leading an internal campaign against his coach as they don’t believe he’s “the right coach for them” and “he doesn’t let them be themselves”.
That’s just off the court. On the court, LeBron has implemented the stagnant offense he once ran in Cleveland where he dribbles down the shot clock and forces his 4 teammates to stand around the perimeter and wait for a pass. When he doesn’t dominate the ball, he just stands on the wing and watches. This doesn’t sound like the leader he so often proclaims himself to be.
I’m not the only one who sees it either as there have been several pointed articles and columns by respected and well known sports writers. The best, perhaps is Adrian Wojnarowski’s (http://yhoo.it/f1uVwW) continual written beatdown of LeBron James.
At this point, LeBron has been nothing but a whiny, selfish, immature, arrogant, dick and diva. NBA and sports fans everywhere are growing tired of the crybaby (http://bit.ly/b6haqZ).
So I propose, in honor of December 2nd and from this point forward, that his name never be spoken again. I propose that he shall only be referred to as #6.
I propose that we no longer speak, write, or type his name.
From now on, he is only #6.
Here’s a shocker… The Miami Heat players are trying to get Coach Erik Spoelstra fired behind the scenes, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
For anyone who has paid any attention whatsoever, this should be no surprise at all. LeBron James has been publicly disrespecting Coach Spo all season and criticizing the coach for playing him too many minutes. LeBron also purposely bumped into Coach Spo in their loss to Dallas over the weekend. Chris Bosh also publicly criticized the coach for “working them too hard”.
The report indicates that the players are quietly grumbling about Coach Spo’s effectiveness and competence as a coach. They also believe he’s panicking in an attempt to keep his job. They specifically complain that he “isn’t allowing them to be themselves” and is “working them too hard”. One of the other reasons, and this should be no surprise whatsoever, is that Coach Spo publicly called out LeBron James. C’mon… everyone knows by now that NOTHING is LeBron’s fault and no one, let alone a coach, can ever call him out in front of his teammates.
Spoelstra reportedly criticized LeBron in front of the team telling him that he needed to get more serious. He then called him out in front of the team during a shoot around saying that he can never tell when he’s serious. Now I don’t know about you, but if THIS is being taken as harsh criticism by LeBron James, then he’s softer and more mentally weak than I EVER imagined! What a PU$$Y!!!
The players are also apparently questioning Coach Spo’s offensive strategy. If you’ve watched any games at all, you can see right through this. They’re trying to blame the coach, but it’s LeBron and company that are butchering the offense. When they’re unable to push the ball in transition, you see 1 of two things.
1. LeBron dribbles down the clock and either hoists up a fall away jumper or drives into traffic while 4 guys spot up and wait for a pass.
2. Dwayne Wade handles the ball and LeBron stands around on the wing.
Right, I’m sure it’s Coach Spo’s fault that LeBron is running a far worse version of his Cavaliers offense. I’m sure it’s Coach Spo’s fault that LeBron refuses to move without the ball or develop any sort of a post game whatsoever.
It’s no shock that these prima donnas are blaming the coach for their immense failure thus far this season. Just a couple months ago, LeBron James and company stood up on stage and declared themselves NBA champions for the next 8 years. They mocked the entire NBA and the 2 time defending champion Lakers for much of the summer and early NBA season.
Of course, their failure isn’t the players’ fault. It’s only a strange coincidence that the Heat look more like a watered down version of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s not LeBron’s fault that he’s dominating the ball and destroying any kind of offense whatsoever and turning Dwyane Wade into a jumpshooter. It much be the coach’s fault that they have zero toughness or leadership and that they just want to “chill”.
The details from Chris Broussard are not shocking, but they’re disturbing. And just as Phil Jackson predicted, Erik Spoelstra will wind up getting run out of Miami primarily by disgruntled and suddenly lazy LeBron James. LeBron has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t respect or even like Coach Spo and he’s going to make sure he’s not around for long. The funny thing is, however, that people think Pat Riley will change things.
Pat Riley is a great coach, executive, and NBA icon. But LeBron James doesn’t respect anyone. Mike Brown took the blame for the Cavaliers offensive woes for 7 years in Cleveland. It was Mike Brown who wasn’t offensively bright enough and who forced the Cavaliers to stand around and watch LeBron James dribble down the shot clock. Well, maybe not so much. As we found out, LeBron James disrespected and undercut Brown constantly. LeBron consistently waived off offensive plays and schemes and did what he wanted. He was just good enough that it worked more often than not.
But when the playoffs came and against good teams, LeBron failed time and time again. Of course, it was never LeBron’s fault. It was always his teammates and/or coaches that held him back. Of course, once he was teamed up with his BFF’s and under the tutelage of NBA legend Pat Riley, they would shatter the NBA record books.
It’s still possible that they get this thing turned around, but it’s unlikely. LeBron has shown that he respects no one and I don’t think it will be any different with Pat Riley. He may publicly say and do the right things, but when it comes down to it, LeBron respects, and listens to one man. LeBron James.
Erik Spoelstra was in a no-win situation from the minute Pat Riley assembled this team. If they made it work and won a title, he merely did was he was supposed to do and what any coach could do with that team. If they struggle, however, it will never be the players’ fault. The Heat can’t change their roster at this point and those “stars” aren’t going anywhere for a few years. The only thing that can be changed, fair or unfair, is the coach.
At this point it’s crystal clear that LeBron James and Chris Bosh at a minimum have zero respect for Spoelstra. Udonis Haslem, the only player with any leadership or toughness on the team is out for an extended period of time and his influence is significantly diminished. LeBron James is running rough-shot over the Heat organization just as he did in Cleveland, but this time, it’s shaping up to be catastrophe.
Miami Heat Head Coach, Erik Spoelstra is literally in a no-win situation. If he wins it all, he did was he was supposed to do with a “Superteam”. If they don’t win, it will be all his fault. Any time they struggle, despite the clear deficiencies in the team and with certain players, it’s his fault. He’s already being undermined by his players in the early NBA season and the lack of respect seems to be getting worse.
LeBron James publicly called out his coach for “playing him too much” after the Heat were manhandled by the Celtics for the second time in the young season. Chris Bosh then called out his coach for “working them too much” when the “stars” just want to “chill”. Bosh demanded that Coach Spo meet them halfway.
The latest evidence of the complete and total lack of respect for Coach Spo happened in the Heat’s game against the Mavericks. Coach Spo called a timeout and as LeBron James was walking off the floor, Spo was walking onto the floor towards him. LeBron clearly saw him and intentionally bumped into him. Spo was less than pleased as you can imagine and flipped around with a rather angry look. I don’t blame him.
He’s been disrespected time and time again and it’s clear to me that the “stars” are trying to force Pat Riley onto the floor. LeBron James has never respected a coach. He continually undermined and circumvented Mike Brown in Cleveland and made Brown the scapegoat for the Cavaliers troubles. As you can see, the same issues have transferred to Miami and the only constants are LeBron and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Do you really think Big Z is the reason the offense is again stagnant and LeBron either dominates the ball or stands around the perimeter?
I don’t even think LeBron would respect Riley, but he’s clearly fed up with Coach Spo and I think he’ll be disgruntled and dysfunctional as long as Spo is around. There are no guarantees he and the rest of the team will snap back into shape if and when Riley comes down to the floor, because there are serious problems on this team. But there are constant examples and evidence that LeBron and company have ZERO respect for their current coach.
Take a look… WOW, LeBron is a DICK!
In a Cindy Lauper-esque fit of whining following the Heat’s blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers, LeBron James made it clear that he just wants to have fun! As if the motivations of the superstar trio weren’t made painfully clear last week when Chris Bosh criticized Coach Erik Spoelstra for working the team too hard when they “just wanna chill”. Bosh then demanded that the coach “meet them halfway.”
Brian Windhorst, former Cavs beat writer, accepted a job with ESPN to cover the Miami Heat this season. He is as familiar as anyone with LeBron James as he’s followed him throughout his high school and college career. Windhorst quoted LeBron James last night as saying:
“You’ve got to have fun while you’re (playing). We’re not doing that right now, we’re not having fun at all.”
I hate to tell you LeBron, but ask Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant if winning NBA Championships is “fun” while you’re fighting for NBA prominence. It’s clear that LeBron and company not only assumed, but EXPECTED the rest of the NBA to roll over for them and hand them the trophy.
This type of attitude is exactly what has been holding LeBron’s incredible physical talent back from reaching its full potential. He is mentally weak. Period. Everyone thought Dan Gilbert was batshit crazy when he said about LeBron, “some people think they should get to heaven and and not have to die to get there.”
But looking at how LeBron and the Miami Heat have approached this off-season and the beginning of the regular season, it certainly rings true.
LeBron is the one who stood up on the stage in Miami with the dry ice and the lights and club music predicting not 5, not 6, not 7, not 8 championships. LeBron is the one who stood up there mocking the rest of the NBA by saying that Pat Riley could literally step onto the floor today and run the point with him and they would still dominate the NBA.
LeBron is now the man who whined about playing too minutes after he failed down the stretch against the rival Celtics. The one who always points the finger in the opposite direction. It has never been and in LeBron’s mind, will never be his fault. EVER.
The Miami Heat are now 8-6 and while there is a lot of NBA season ahead of us, they are severely struggling. They have been manhandled and beaten around and they look NOTHING like an NBA Champion or a team to challenge Jordan’s 72 win total.
The Heat just lost the only player with any mental or physical toughness, any leadership whatsoever, and any heart in Udonis Haslem for the foreseeable future. And after this horrific start, after LeBron has turned the Miami Heat with all his own handpicked teammates into a watered down version of the Cavaliers offense, he just wants to have fun.
LeBron thinks “having fun” is the key to winning in the NBA? I hate to tell him, but he and the team aren’t having fun because they’re not very good. They’re not having fun because the rest of the NBA isn’t rolling over for them; they’re actually making them work for what they want. They’re not having fun because LeBron’s domination of the basketball and complete disruption of anything resembling an offense has turned Dwyane Wade into a spot up jump shooter. And just look at how Dwyane has played this year to see if that’s going to be a successful formula.
The Bottomline is you just have to look at LeBron and the way he approaches the game and any objective person can see that mentioning him in the same breath as Jordan, Bird or Magic or even Kobe is pure blasphemy!
Jordan, despite the fact that he and the Bulls WERE actually that much better than everyone else, NEVER just expected teams to lay down and hand him the trophy. Just ask Jordan and Kobe what it takes to win an NBA Championship and I guarantee you the word “FUN” will NEVER come out of their mouth.
After the Miami Heat organization called out Heat “Fans” earlier in the week with their “Fan Up” campaign (http://bit.ly/cPYkVZ), it’s the clear the fans got the message. The Miami Heat, the most publicized and hyped team in maybe NBA history, faced off against the Phoenix Suns last night on the primetime ESPN game. As you’ll see below, the fans got the message loud and clear, packed in the arena and gave other fan bases across the country something to strive for. If every team had fans like the Miami Heat, the NBA would take over the world!!!
Here is the picture of the arena, literally FIVE MINUTES prior to tip-off:
And this is a picture literally FIVE MINUTES into the game:
That’s right, after the team mortgaged their future on the attempt to land the 3 most coveted free agents in the biggest free agent class in the history of the NBA, the fans still don’t care. Miami fans have been spoiled with a championship won with Shaq & Dwyane Wade and now with the acquisition of the “Big 3″. Despite putting together the most hyped team in the history of the NBA, the franchise still needed to carry out a PSA like campaign to not only get fans interested, but to teach them how to be fans!
You read that correctly… the Heat organization is literally trying to teach their “fans” how to be fans. They’re telling them that fans show up before tip-off, cheer during the game, stay for the entire game, and actually show up for games not just have them on the TV in the background while they do blow and listen to techno music.
Ok, obviously I’m being a little sarcastic and general. I know not everyone who lives in Miami listens to techno!
But the reality is, Miami has long had one of the worst fan bases in the country and landing the “Big 3″ didn’t and won’t change anything. The Heat organization has done everything they could possibly do to drudge up fan interest and it just isn’t there. Not only have they assembled one of the most talented teams in the NBA, but they’re investing in an ad campaign to literally teach people what it means to be a fan. And to top it all off, they’re offering food and drink specials to the 2 dozen people who actually show up for the game on time!
I saw a comment last night from a Miami “Fan” who was arguing that the Heat has MILLIONS of fans but she was whining that tickets are too expensive so people don’t show up. That’s right, tickets in L.A., NY, Boston, Chicago or anywhere else are so much cheaper than in Miami. The Miami “Fans” use the news of a $25,000 ticket as an excuse when that only applied on one night and to floor seats. Never mind the thousands of affordable seats that are available for true fans every single night.
More likely, this person and 90% of the people in Miami are ignorant as to what it means to be a fan and the Heat’s recent educational attempt proves my point. They actually think that if you watch them on TV occassionally once they’re “good” that it makes them a fan.
How about no…. just ask fans in New York, Chicago, L.A. (sometimes a bad example but the Lakers are consistently loved), Cleveland, Detroit, Boston, or a couple dozen other regions across the country what it really means to be a fan. Some fan bases have literally gone a hundred years without a winner and yet they’re more representative of what it means to be a fan than those hacks down on South Beach will ever be, no matter how many rings their team ends up winning.
I know some true fans in Miami and in Florida in general and they too are disgusted and embarrassed by the fan base not only of the Heat but of the Marlins, Rays, Buccaneers, etc. There are some great fans in Florida, but unfortunately for them, they’re outnumbered by about 10 to 1.
Any NBA franchise would be in absolute heaven if their team landed the free agent class that the Miami Heat compiled over the summer of 2010. Heat fans have been relatively spoiled over the last decade with the acquisition of Shaquille O’Neal and the drafting of Dwyane Wade who lead the team to an NBA title. Most fan bases wait YEARS, if not decades for such success.
And then, Pat Riley orchestrated the unthinkable. He threw his flashy rings in LeBron James‘ face and blinded him with the promise of 5, 6, 7 ,8 or even 10 championships. He sold not only Dwyane Wade to stay, but to recruit the two other highest sought after free agents of the summer, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Never mind that Bosh is incredibly overrated and was an afterthought, but the ability to bring back Dwyane Wade and sign LeBron James was one of the most savvy and incredible moves in NBA history. Obviously we’ll need to see if it ultimately works, but just in terms of pulling off the impossible and taking the NBA by storm, Pat Riley and the Heat succeeded.
But for all the franchises in the NBA, the Miami Heat might be one of the least deserving. For years, their fans have failed to fill the arena. So much so, that the NBA league office convinced the Heat to change the color of their seats so that it wasn’t so blindingly obvious that the arena was mostly empty on televised games.
And after Riley staged the coup of all coups, they held their little party on South Beach and invited fans to celebrate the “New Look” Miami Heat. Fans showed up… but not like they would in other cities. There were plenty of empty seats in the arena and it’s quite honestly, embarrassing. Could you imagine if the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, or a dozen other strong fan bases landed this team in the off-season? Not only would the place be filled to capacity, but they would be lined up around the block for miles just to be in the area!
So now after the first month or so of the season, and after a month of less than stellar performance by both the players and the fans, the Miami Heat organization has literally called out its fans (http://on.nba.com/9nOObw).
That’s right…. after landing the top 3 free agents in the most coveted free agent class in NBA history, the fans have been unenthused, absent, and well, typical Miami fans. Miami and Florida fans for years have had the reputation of being one of the worst fan bases in the country and the facts support it. Just look at the Tampa Bay Rays, who despite being forced to play against 2 of the largest markets in baseball and 2 of the best organizations in all of baseball, have been able to compete head to head with the Yankees and the Red Sox.
Not only have they been able to compete, they’ve beat them! And despite the success of a great, young team, the fans have been completely absent. So much so, that the team is now forced to dismantle the great talent they’ve accrued and the Rays will soon be irrelevant. Just because the fans are so worthless that they refuse to support their team. Again, put the Rays in dozens of other markets across the country, and tell me if they would have this problem. Put this team in Chicago, Houston, Denver, DC, Philadelphia, NY, L.A., Minnesota, Cleveland… hell put them almost anywhere other than Florida and it would be sold out for years!
And the same thing is happening with the Miami Heat. The fans are not showing up to the games and the ones that do come late and leave early. The fans that do show up are less concerned with their team and more concerned with a party or where they’re gonna land their next 8 ball or god knows what else. The fans that do show up, hardly support the team and the place is as quiet as if they were the T-Wolves.
I have my thoughts about this team being dysfunctional and based more on style than substance with an absolute lack of toughness (both physical and mental) and leadership. But that’s neither here nor there. It’s honestly sad, that this team went out and acquired this many superstars and despite the national hard-on for the Heat, the local fans are embarrassingly worthless.
It’s just a shame that a city more deserving wasn’t able to hit the lottery and land these type of free agents. Oh that’s right, the NBA superstars have literally ruled out all but about 3 cities that they’re willing to play in so the other 95% of the NBA is just out of luck.
So Miami Heat fans… “Fan UP”
Following the Miami Heat‘s second straight loss to the Boston Celtics, LeBron James forced my hand to come up with something funny. After the loss where Boston completely manhandled the Heat yet again, and in a game where LeBron James whined and cried the entire time and came up small down the stretch with two missed free throws, a missed layup, and a jumper that bounced off the side of the backboard, he gave me even more ammunition in the post game commentary.
As you know by now, LeBron James publicly called out his coach for PLAYING HIM TOO MANY MINUTES! That’s right, LeBron James thinks 44 minutes in a “Get Back” game against one of their legitimate rivals in the East is too much. That’s right, the 25 year old superstar who is the self proclaimed “KING” and who predicted 7 or 8 titles in Miami is upset that he’s PLAYING TOO MUCH!
I don’t even need to ask the question, but could you see Michael Jordan ever getting mad that he played too much in a close loss? Jordan would more likely punch Phil where he pees than complain about playing too many minutes! Even at the end of his career, let alone when he was 25 years old!
So given LeBron’s history of whining and crying and since it is FINALLY hitting the mainstream media after his post game comments, I decided to put together a short video tribute to the “KING”.
I don’t want to hear any BS about being a bitter Cleveland fan… it’s just for fun. I still consider LeBron a top 3 player and he’s the most physically gifted player I’ve ever seen. So RELAX with that… just sit back and enjoy a little fun….
Like I’ve been saying since literally the first regular season game of the year (http://bit.ly/a27N5k), LeBron James is back to his old tricks yet again in Miami. LeBron for years has dominated the ball, dribbled down the shot clock and forced his teammates to stand around the perimeter and wait for a catch & shoot opportunity (Which doesn’t suit 90% of NBA players strong suit). LeBron for years has refused to run anything even resembling an offensive system. For years this blame was placed squarely on Head Coach Mike Brown and the Cavaliers’ supporting cast. LeBron was the first to tell you that he didn’t have enough help and he made it abundantly clear that he didn’t respect the head coach. The media also quickly and frequently pointed out that LeBron was playing this style of basketball because he HAD to. Cleveland was clearly a terrible team, his teammates shouldn’t have even been in the NBA and his coaching staff was retarded.
So why is it then, now that LeBron has literally handpicked his teammates and is playing alongside arguably 2 of the top 10 players in the NBA (that’s according to the Heat and only the Heat as no one who can see considers Bosh to be an elite player), that he’s back to his old style of play again? After all, he played that way because he had no coaching, no talent around him and he was forced to carry the team on his back. So why in the world would he still be doing the same things? I mean, it’s obviously not LeBron’s fault. It can’t be.
So I guess the charade that is Dwyane Wade is now over. Wade has now been exposed as the bum that he really is (Despite Wade putting up incredible numbers so far) and LeBron is forced to dominate the ball and disregard the offense in an attempt to get some wins. LeBron has no help, no talent, no coaching and no NBA icon in the front office to provide leadership and motivation.
What’s that? Oh… wait… you say he’s playing along side one of the top 5 players in the NBA in Dwyane Wade?
He’s playing along one of the other coveted free agents from this past summer and fellow Olympian, Chris Bosh?
Wait… he’s playing for a coach that is fully supported by Wade and Pat Riley?
Get out of here! Pat Riley… THE Pat Riley is running the team and pulling all the strings? The 6 time NBA champion Pat Riley? GTFO!!!!
Well that doesn’t make any damn sense at all! ESPN and LeBron told me that LeBron has played like this all these years because he had no help, no coach and poor organizational structure. There must be some reason we don’t know about causing LeBron to play stupid and selfish basketball. He’s the best player that has ever lived and that will ever grace an NBA uniform, right? Cleveland MUST be at fault somehow. I know, Zydrunas Ilgauskas is from Cleveland and he’s ruining the Heat’s offense and causing them to lose.
Ok, obviously I’m having a little fun and you can say all you want that I’m a bitter Cavs fan but the facts are the facts. LeBron James is pulling the same ridiculous BS that he did for 7 years in Cleveland. And I’m not the only one that thinks so.
NBA TV’s Chris Webber is quoted as saying that if we’re being honest with each other, LeBron is running the EXACT SAME offense that he ran in Cleveland. Now don’t try to tell me that he doesn’t have help and talent around him in Miami. So why is he continuing to run the same 1 on 5, dribbling down the clock BS that forces his teammates to stand around? And in instances where he’s not dominating the ball, HE stands around on the perimeter.
Honestly, from what I’ve seen and heard… it’s all he knows and it’s all he’s willing to do. He has for years shrugged off coaching, waived off offensive sets that were called so he could just go 1 on 3, 4 or 5 and has for years refused to watch film and spend any time on strategy or game plans. Obviously, the guy is just so immensely talented that he’s been able to have the massive success that he has DESPITE all this, but at the end of the year, you see the same results.
We all know the playoffs are a different animal and the same thing that got you 60+ regular season wins won’t necessarily help you advance in the playoffs. Honestly, in Cleveland there were stretches during the regular season when LeBron would actually embrace the offense and the team looked incredible with ball movement, working together and everyone was involved. Then when the playoffs came around, LeBron would shake off anything resembling an offense and he would go back to the same old BS. Obviously, this doesn’t work against the better defensive teams like Orlando and Boston and he never advance as far as his and the Cavs’ talent would indicate.
Everyone saw this but said nothing so as to protect LeBron and everyone thought it would be corrected once he arrived in Miami and had another superstar alongside. So far, nothing has changed and the Heat continue to lose games despite proclaiming themselves NBA Champs for the next 8 years. It took Kobe time to win without Shaq as he had to learn to trust his teammates, but that was a different situation. Kobe didn’t have another superstar and a half with him. He had to learn to trust role players until Gasol arrived and he isn’t on the same level as Wade.
The Heat will win a lot of games this year, probably upwards of 60. The NBA is just bad and they’ll win their fair share just based on talent. But unless LeBron James drastically changes his style of play between now and May, you’ll see the same results that we’ve seen for years. LeBron and the Heat will let everyone down, they will be a huge disappointment and they will get knocked out by a better TEAM like Boston, Orlando, or L.A.