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Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:51 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:01 pm
 
Miami Heat forward LeBron James tells reports that he's "not having fun right now." Posted by Ben Golliver heat-stroke Tucked away at the very bottom of the wire report for the Miami Heat's 93-77 loss to the Indiana Pacers Monday night was a six-word quote from Heat star forward LeBron James that said it all. 
"We're not having fun right now," James said.
Miami now stands at 8-6. Heat haters will surely cackle at the ugly loss and corresponding disappointment from James, as it reads like a comeuppance of the highest order for a player long known for dancing and goofing off before and during games. This picture, courtesy of HotHotHoops.com, is worth a million words to those preying on Miami's downfall. James' comment is reflective of his team's overall play; you can watch some really ineffective Heat defense broken down at length on NBAPlaybook.com. The video doesn't lie: there's a lack of camaraderie, a lack of going the extra mile, a lack of pinpoint mental sharpness that only develops when entire teams are motivated together. The Heat are missing all of those things right now, and it doesn't feel like a cop out to blame this on the injuries. With co-captain Udonis Haslem going down in such a major fashion and Mike Miller still a ways away from making his return, it's very easily for the rest of the Heat players, including its stars, to slip just a touch mentally, thinking about what the future will look like when the team is back together healthy rather than focusing on the given task at hand. That's a big problem for Miami because they have such a prominent bullseye placed upon them by the rest of the teams in the league. Aside from knocking off the Los Angeles Lakers, there's no better way to generate excitement in your team than by derailing the Miami Championship Express like the Pacers did on Monday.  After the loss, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra looked and sounded just a touch desperate. He, clearly, isn't having much fun either.
"Sometimes you have four or five games where nothing seems to go right."
An accurate statement, given the circumstances. The question for Miami: is that acceptable?  Is their recent defense acceptable? Most importantly, is a no-fun-having LeBron James acceptable? Open questions all, but something needs to change, because Haslem isn't returning any time soon and the race for the Southeast Division crown is on in full force, with the Orlando Magic sitting pretty at 9-4. The Heat and Magic face off on Wednesday night in Orlando. Surely the Magic are looking to return the favor for the walloping Miami put on them back in October, and revenge for Orlando wouldn't be much fun for LeBron James, either.   
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:56 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

No bench.  No big man.  No depth.  Translates to an average team.  Jeff Van Gundy said they would break the 71 win Bulls team and I almost choked with laughter.
I said it at the beginning of the season and i'll say it again now.  45 - 50 wins max.  ousted in the 2nd round.
With the NBA going to a hard salary cap, its only going to get worse.




Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:56 pm
 

Not the same as the olympics

What they need to realize is that getting together to win olympic gold is no comparison to getting together to win an NBA championship!  These guys thought they would have the same kind of success in the NBA by going to the Miami Heat together.  WRONG!  The opposition is in no way the same.

We've seen over the years how important teamwork and fundamentals are to win gold in the olympics.  So many countries now have NBA players on their teams making them just as new to their teammates on their teams as ours are on Team USA.

With that said, the level of skill in teamwork and fundamentals is nowhere near as refined as an NBA team.  Practicing and playing day in and day out.  Coaches going over strategies and film day in and day out.

Lebron, Dwayne, and Chris thought winning an NBA title would be just as easy as winning gold.  They are realizing how much hard work and effort truly great players put in to games day in and day out.  The teamwork, the fundamentals, the strategies, the coaching.  31 other teams gunning for the team that so many thought would be a cinch to win the title.  So many thought could possibly rival the Chicago Bulls 72-10 season.

This team will gel.  The only question is when.  And when they do, the same people who are calling this Heat team a failure will change their tune back to their preseason opinions talking about how they are too good and that Lebron & Co. took the cowardly way out to win a championship.

If they do win it all, I will have better respect for them if they can pull through this adversity and gel like true professional basketball players.



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

LeQuit..... You make your bed, you sleep in it.


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Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:51 pm
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Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

AND just FYI at the rate they're going...if they get NO BETTER they will make the playoffs with a 47-35 record...how do them apples taste?



Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

Every sports writer and fan is looking like an idiot right about now. It's quite literally 14 GAMES into the season! THERE ARE 68 F'n GAMES LEFT! For a COMPLETELY revamped team to even be over .500 LET ALONE undefeated in their division is impressive enough. People are going crazy...heres a thought...they have hardly ever played together and LOOK LIKE CRAP and they're 8-6...when they do look good and get more playing time together-you're all gonna look like fools-




Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

Karma is a funny thing.  These 3 didn't think this thru well, if the tema spends all the money on 3 guys, how do you get quality role players, whcih you need?



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:32 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

yo Lebron that smell isnt the stink of THE DECISION its your guys lack of big man and y'alls play last night hahahahahaha



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

yo Lebron that smell isnt the stink of THE DECISION its your guys lack of big man and y'alls play last night hahahahahaha


Phillykid413
Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:31 pm
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