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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.   
Comments

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:50 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

The Celtics won again last night against a very athletic Hawks team. The Celtics were without their starting PG Rondo! What I saw was awesome, a team having fun, mixing vets with younger players and really enjoying the game. Suck an egg LeBron you little weasle.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:45 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

I am a LeBron fan, but not enough to have felt betrayed when he left Cleveland. I hope he has the courage to jump ship when he realizes that this was a huge mistake.

And another thing... Heat management really screwed up when they put Bosh at the same billing as Wade and James. Bosh does not work hard. He acts and talks like Wade and James are lucky to be playing with him instead of the opposite. Wade has a ring, and James is an MVP. Bosh is nothing. He's boring. He's a small forward with no handle. He needs Haslem and Miller to come back so he can take his rightful place as the 4th or 5th contributor.



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:44 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

Just shows why is called a team game. The problem with too many star players today is they think is all about their one on one moves. All the best teams in history has more then one hall of famer level player to. The difference is they knew how to play as a team. Miami is not going to win anything with 3 players and no one else. Especially with no big men that can play. Celts and Lakers have stars to but know how to play as a team. Same with San Antonio. All have coaches who know how to make a team the best it can be. Miami will learn 2 starts and no one else does not make champs. Ask Kobe before he got more help and they started playing as a team.



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:43 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

HAHAHAHAHAHAH suck it<br />




Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

I think going to the Miami Heat was a mistake.  He should of went to the Chicago Bulls.  That team would of been a much better fit for him.  You have great role players like Noah and Boozer who don't crave the spotlight.   You also have a young point guard in Rose that would have been a great 1-2 punch in the scoring department.  Too many egos in Miami results in bad team chemistry.




Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

14 games into an 82 game season. Every Heat win is a giant deal, every Heat loss is a giant deal. We haven't even been able to really see what these guys can do against legit teams, as their "win streak" came against a bunch of cupcakes, and they drew Boston the first game of the season. The Heat did crack on Orlando, but now Orlando isn't exactly looking like world busters either.

Come back and talk to me at Game 50. Then I will be willing to say whether or not these guys can get it together. In any case, losing is its own punishment, so I don't really feel the need to pile on LBJ and/or Heath fans.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:32 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

For those of you out there that REALLY know how this game was meant to be played, knew ALL ALONG this "Three Amigos Love Triangle" Was NOT going to get you a Championship. AGAIN..LeBron, Wade and Chris...it takes a team of 8-10 players to build a real team. But Hey...enjoy the Miami sun LeBron...I'm sure it's warmer than Cleveland right now...



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:27 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

The fact is, the Heat really aren't that good.  Better than average, but certainly nowhere close to being an "elite" team along with Los Angeles, Boston, San Antonio, and Orlando. 

Champions FIND A WAY TO WIN!  That's the difference between someone like Lebron James and Kobe Bryant.  Kobe never makes excuses.  In fact, he even hates it when people are trying to force one out of him.  Earlier in the season, his knee wasn't quite at 100%, but he never stated one time that that was the reason for some of his tough games.  He even got angry at the reporters for trying to make it one. 

Lebron will always find something to blame...other them himself.  Oh, there isn't a problem with his game, or Wade's, or Bosh's.  No, we're just not having fun.

A true leader and a true champion lead by example.  Kobe does this.  You see him chewing guys out who aren't concentrating, or who make dumb plays.  Jordan did the same thing. 

Enough with the excuses about the Miami Heat.  They aren't the team everyone was making them out to be, which is why many players weren't buying into the hype.  As Rondo said, "They haven't done anything yet.  They haven't proven themselves yet."

And they still haven't.



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:27 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

All the games are sold out.  Get the facts straight before you post.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:19 pm
 

Miami Heat lose; LeBron James 'not having fun'

Ok  I just realized this.. LeBron may be the NBA's version of AROD.  He makes way more money than he should, usually underachieves and his teams usually fail to meet expectations. When will Professional Owners realize that you dont have to Overpay athletes to win Championships.....


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