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LeBron has not forgotten Magic summer comments

Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:58 pm
 
LeBron James has some words about Orlando in preparation of their meeting Thursday. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Orlando Magic had some pretty strong words about the Heat in the preseason. That led to an increasing rivalry between the two clubs, and it's been furthered by them both being contenders for the East this season, and in splitting the first two meetings this season. With the third matchup coming on Thursday, it would appear that LeBron James in particular considers this to be an important game for the Heat. From the AP:
"The simple fact that it's a division opponent, that means a lot," James said. "Trying to win your division is very key. And also playing exceptionally well on the road is definitely key. That definitely helps later on in the season. And being an Orlando team that basically said a lot of things about us in the offseason, that definitely adds a little bit to the fire."
via LeBron James still remembers Orlando critics when he joined Heat.


Basically, it bugs the Magic that the Heat got all the attention they feel they deserved as the Celtics' biggest rival for the East before playing a game, and it bugs the Heat that the Magic open their mouths.  This rivalry may feel like it's for second-best in the East, but it's more authentic than the blood between the Celtics and the Heat. The Magic can play the disrespect card, the Heat can play the "keep my name out of your mouth" card, and everyone walks away salty. It's a good system.

What's more interesting is how each side exposes the other one's weaknesses.  The Heat's sometimes lackadaisical defense struggles the inside-out motion of Orlando and the presence of Dwight Howard.  The Magic struggle with the perimeter penetration caused by James and Dwyane Wade, and have had issues with the ball movement of Miami as well. With the Magic vastly different from the last time the two teams met, but struggling as of late, Thursday's matchup should be a fine one. 

And a good test of whether the Heat intend to make good on that "list" they were making this summer. 
Comments

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:56 pm
 

LeBron has not forgotten Magic summer comments

hope orlando kicks the queen teams butts



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:02 pm
 

LeBron has not forgotten Magic summer comments

Proof positive why Lebron will never be as great as Micael or Kobe. The need for championship rings drove the two of them while what other people think drives Lebron.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:14 pm
 

LeBron has not forgotten Magic summer comments

Michael Jordan used to use any little thing to motivate him against another team, and it was effective for him. I don't remember him talking about like LeBron does, but if LeBron can use perceived slights to motivate him to play harder in the grind of the middle of the season, more power to him. And I don't happen to be a fan of his, by the way. I just appreciate using what works.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 4:23 pm
 

LeBron has not forgotten Magic summer comments

"And when i get on that hard wood and cry my way to the basket, I'll get whats mine, i'll get whats mine, a nice whistle to give me two free throws :)"



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:40 pm
 

LeBron has not forgotten Magic summer comments

I care about how you feel LeBron. Preach on, my brother.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:26 am
 

LeBron has not forgotten Magic summer comments

NBA... Not Bron Again... 
I wish more players would realize that it's about the game and team, not drama about "me." Guys should follow the model Tim Duncan has built. He takes the game and team serious, like it his JOB and not a privilege. 



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:55 am
 

LeBron has not forgotten Magic summer comments

I agree STFU! Do we really need to know what LeFraud thinks about every subject. He's quoted more often than the President of the United States for God's sake.



Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:43 am
 

LeBron has not forgotten Magic summer comments

Shut up Lebron, at this point who cares about how you feel..


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