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Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Posted on: March 7, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 5:10 pm
Posted by Royce Young

So evidently the Miami Heat cried yesterday. It made big news. We're all talking about it today.

This morning, Erik Spoelstra met with the media following the Heat's practice and did what any damage control expert would tell him to do: Blame it on the media.

"I think you guys (the media) can probably take anything I say and turn it into a story," Spoelstra said. "I was shocked when [PR man Tim Donovan] told me about it this morning that it's actually making the news. I think you guys can be a little more creative than that. I will say one thing, the guys care. Nobody was whimpering in the locker room."

"It's a classic case of sensationalism [by the media]," Spoelstra continued. He then said he didn't regret it and even tried to joke it away by dubbing it "crygate." (I must admit, that's pretty clever.)

While saying it, Spoelstra had the look of a man that knew he has royally screwed the pooch but was trying to just laugh it off as no big deal. Couldn't believe it was actually making the news? And you didn't know until this morning? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeah right.

Spoelstra kind of backtracked when asked if players were actually crying. He kind of said no, just saying heads were down and there was lots of noise.

It was an obvious plan of attack from the Heat as Spoelstra waited until he was asked about it and then played dumb, pulling the blame the media routine. It's one of the easiest ways to deflect criticism. It's not my fault. You guys are the ones making a big deal of it. I prefer people to stand up and tell it how it is. I think the general public (and media) respect that more than pointing fingers. It wouldn't have been hard for Spoelstra to say, "Yeah, a couple guys were upset. They cared about the game. We're not going to apologize for caring."

LeBron had his coach's back on the matter. "Spo is the captain... we stand behind anything he says."

I do think this is an example of us -- fans, media, general onlookers -- of kind of getting excited about a simple statement. So the Heat may or may not have cried a bit in the locker room. Just like most anything Heat related, it's turned into big news. We'll all move on here soon enough when they choke a crunch time play this week.


Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:29 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Yea..ok.  Your dumbass said that stupid crying stuff and now ur trying to pawn it off on something else.  Its bad enough that ya let the Queen, Mrs. Union and I got lucky cause I really do suck run all over ya.  Good luck geting ur unemplyment.  U R DONE!!!

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:24 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

well written, my friend.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:19 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

And by the way Duane (or however your mother thinks the name duane is spelled.  Also see Anfernee) Yes, we are rejoicing that the Miami Heat Suck and lose daily.  YOU are the ones who said 8 rings at your Boyz 2 Men concert when u signed, now you can't take the "Heat" so you go cry to your mommy?  Pathetic.  And what stupid idiot of a coach throws his team under the bus, then blames the media?  For What?  reporting what you said verbatim?  Who the hell is Eric Spoelstra?   I used to be a big "Riles" guy when he was with a real franchise (Lakers) now he looks like he has alzheimers as he stare blankly when the heat are getting crushed and then this choice for coach?  I think "Riles" has lost it.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:03 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

The Hawks, Knicks or Sixers would bounce the Heat? LOL I'm not a Heat fan by any stretch of the imagination but that might be the dumbest statement I've ever heard. Wake up and smell the coffee. You're delusional Big Blue.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:24 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

This little oompa-loompa put his foot in his mouth and is just trying to cover his azz. The oompa-loompa will be the first guy Lebron throws under the bus. The coach will get all the blame for the failure of the 3-egos and be out of a job next year after his team loses in the first round of the playoffs.D-Wade is really living in a bubble if he thinks that everyone jumped on the Heat bandwagon when they were on their win streak. I think this whole team is blinded by the ever-growing ego of the CHOKIN1 and the whole country is reveling their failure.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:23 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

media no blowing it out of proportion you people are. The Heat are a top3 in conference. Pretty good. Wish my team was top3....

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:02 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

If Riley comes to coach this team, chances are Wade won't be on it since the 2 got issues. I think Lebron would fall in love with Riley personally with the way Riles can craptalk his players into playing against others. I could see Phil Jackson sneaking into Miami next season and causing Wade or Bosh to be traded away for a strong supporting cast of players.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:01 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Is the media "blowing it out of proportion?"  Maybe a little bit but come on the Heat have lost 4 in a row and they are supposed to be the best team ever and those pictures make it so easy for people to think LeBron James and Dwayne Wade were in fact crying.
I thought the saying was "any publicity is good publicity" so run with that and not beep and moan and try to yell at the media!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:58 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Also wanted to mention that Dwayne Wade and Lebron James are among the top 5 players in the league only on paper. Wade is good but I wouldn't toss him or Bosh in the top 15 players in the NBA. Bosh could sneak in there, but Wade is not. The proof is on paper and on the floor that Wade has been sucking it up and been destroyed by the top teams in the NBA. At least Lebron James has been putting up those big numbers against EVERYONE. His only problem is finishing games. We had a guy like that once, his name was Alonzo Mourning and he couldn't finish crap either which is why the Knicks and Bulls kept beating us in those years.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:55 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

I'm a big time Heat fan and have been for 15 years about. There are a few things I can say about this team. One is they are not the best team Miami has ever had. I put them up there as the 4th best Miami Heat team in their team history. Yes #4, that means I calling out that #8 seed team that consisted of Glen Rice, Rony Seikaly, Grant Long, Bimbo Coles, and Steve Smith as a team that could whoop this Miami Heat team in a series. Second of all, Dwayne Wade is not as good as he was 3 seasons ago. Wade does not play with the same intensity or consistency anymore. It has been downhill for Wade since Shaq left which tells me the Heat need a big man down low to be successful. Third, a fan recently pointed something out ... the Heat have a winning record against good teams (10-1) when Big Z is starting, but a losing record (1-15) when Dampier is starting. Anyone can verify this? And lastly, another fan pointed out two things about Spoelstra. One is that Spoelstra is being outcoached because he is running the same stupid plays over and over again and people are figuring it out. The second thing is the guy is not a good motivator or speaker, so the team doesn't have the respect and listen to him the way they would respect a fierce coach like Riley, Phil Jackson, etc. The point brought up was that Spoelstra has never been ejected from a NBA game. That to me says a lot. 3 years now and never ejected? Come on, seriously.

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