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Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:08 am
Edited on: March 7, 2011 5:08 pm
The New York Knicks were laughing at reports that members of the Miami Heat were crying after a loss to the Chicago Bulls. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Making fun of the Miami Heat: it's not just for NBA bloggers any more.

On Sunday night, we noted that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra admitted to the Miami media that members of his team were crying following the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls, which featured another late-game meltdown. (Deadspin has a video compilation of all of Miami's crunch time choke jobs if you're interested.) reports that the news travelled fast, as New York Knicks stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire were joking about the tears after their Sunday night win over the Atlanta Hawks.
When the locker room first opened to reporters after the game, Stoudemire and Anthony were bantering and laughing about players on the Miami Heat crying after their loss earlier Sunday to the Chicago Bulls, with Stoudemire fingering Chris Bosh as the watery-eyed one (although Bosh, when asked by reporters in Miami whether he had cried, said he almost had but did not).
"I heard Chris Bosh was crying tears," Stoudemire said.

"Tears?" Anthony asked.

"Yeah, tears," Stoudemire replied.

"Wait 'til I call him, man," Anthony said. "I'll be like: 'What are you doing?'"
As this report and others noted, Bosh was the one prominent member of the Heat to specifically deny that he cried, so it's interesting that New York's heckling turned to him so specifically. Often seen as the weakest link in Miami's "Big Three" and the subject of questions about his toughness and ability to play through injury down the stretch of last season, Bosh can never seem to catch a break, can he?

It goes without saying that we shouldn't have expected a textured, thoughtful league-wide response to Spoelstra's admission. NBA players seize upon on any weakness or perceived weakness like vultures, with blank macho hardness as the agreed-upon default emotional setting for just about any situation. In this environment, whining is looked down upon and crying is an almost inconceivable anathema, especially in early March when the season isn't on the line.

While I encourage the Heat to let it all out after what's been a frustrating stretch of games, Anthony's question - "What are you doing?" - isn't without merit. Where are the tears coming from? This isn't as simple as a team taking its play seriously and its losses to heart. Miami's key players have lost hundreds of games and have likely lost dozens of games decided in the final minutes. Sunday night wasn't some inconceivably difficult moment of pain or grief and it wasn't a milestone or goalpost as Miami's season continues on Tuesday night. Why this reaction at this point in the season? 

The most obvious explanation is that reality has set in, that a hard ceiling has finally been fashioned above a team that entered the season with limitless expectations for their success. Miami is a veteran team from top to bottom and they understand as well as anyone, even if they won't admit as much directly in interviews, that their substandard play against quality teams and poor late-game execution will make for a short run in the playoffs this season. That fact amounts to an identity crisis for a team that had been thought of as an immediate dynasty. 

During recent games we've seen Miami's stars made to look average; after recent games we've seen those same stars despondent. Now this. Losing a game rarely amounts to tears, but feeling like you've lost your way is a different matter. Frustration is manageable, but hopelessness is a totally different beast.

Hat tip: Zach Lowe, .

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:47 pm

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

Pretty bad when players from other teams are dogging you. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:11 pm

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

LOL @ umpteenth. I don't mind that he left Cleveland, it's just the way he did it. To see Miami struggle is beautiful to watch.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:16 pm

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

FoxSports thinks it was Lebron who was one of those crying, and I have to say their logic seems spot on. He did miss his umpteenth gamewinner in a row and tell his teammates that he let them down again.

Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 5:51 pm

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

I am laughing so hard I am crying. I guess the HEAT ain't so hot!

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:08 pm

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

As a Cavs fan I relish in this.  Lebron gave up on a team that had the best record in the nba last year.  He left and took Z with him. We lost Shaq and Delonte, and have been down and out with lots of injuries including season enders with anderson varajou and now antawn jamison.  The Cavs werent able to beat Miami in their 2 matchups, but in the past week and a half the Cavs beat the Knicks twice (with Carmello) and in between those two games the Knicks took their talents to South Beach and beat the Heat.  I know thats not a big deal to anyone else but we dont have much to cheer for right now in C-town and just being able to stick it to Lebron as indirectly as that does a little bit a justice for this "scorned lover".  Cavs get another chance to beat Miami in Cleveland March 29th. Go Cavs!

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 2:03 pm

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

Come on the Heat can't beat the celtics in 3 tries yet alone go and beat anyone in the west baby

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 12:14 pm

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

There will be more tears (of joy) when the Heat win a championship in a few months. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:43 am

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

Actually the tears are the arrogance that shaped this team. They thought it would be easy. They thought they did not need to work. They thought their games did not need to improve- why has Bron never developed a post up game? Or a consistent dagger shot with time expiring? He athleticsm allows him to succeed to a certain level without working at the fine points. Shades on a bigger and better Vince Carter.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:40 am

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

I've got every reason on earth to be mad,
'Cause I've just lost the only hope I had.
If I could get my way,
I'd get myself locked up today,
But I can't so I cry instead.

These guys are so much the Heatles!!

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:47 am

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

When you put together 3 superstars (although Bosh is barely even an all-star) who couldn't do it by themselves, and they still lose together, the only thing left to do is to cry.

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