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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: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:59 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

All of you bozos who think that the whines of the Miami Bleat does not constitute a good story are just as clueless as Sporon, LeClank and Wade.  Haven't you clowns ever heard about "pride goeth before the fall"?   Are you at all familiar with all of the classic literature, music, movies and plays that illustrated chumps like LeClank strutting around and showing off until he finally looks down and realizes he isn't wearing any pants?  The theme is timeless and ongoing, Bleat freaks.  Get your hand off the remote and your mind off your fantasy teams long enough to Witness this vintage fall from fame and glory to the outhouse of false pride and defeat. 

Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:33 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Ive seen some haters in my day.. but had no clue it would be this fun! Thank you Bron, Wade and Bosh for being the ego-centrical, narcissitic, prima donnas that you are. Next, think i'll go after the Cowboys..

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:22 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

This reminds me of the Sixers back in the late 70's.  It was like a circus!  Too many players wanting to shoot the ball & not enough role players to make it work.  I don't remember Dr. J crying about it!  Chemistry is the key...

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:45 am

No Pity for Crybabies

Dear "go cougs" and "journey force",

If you think that men crying together in a locker room brings them closer together, or is not a story, you got another thing comin'.  This is a sign of real weakness.  Weakness that goes beyond how lousy a team the Heat really are.  Weakness that goes beyond whether or not Spoelstra should say stuff like this to the media.  This team begged all kinds of attention before they even stepped on a court together and now that we find out that this was not good chemistry, they are devasted, as well they should be.  Championship teams are--and have always been--about depth and chemistry.  The Heat have neither.  Hawks, Knicks or Sixers could bounce them in the first round, no problem.  When they do, how many times will you watch through tears their preseason grandstanding and fireworks to convince yourself that it's gonna be ok?

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:44 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

The Heat have become the most hated team in the country.  Any time anything can be written to bring them down, it will.  Crying or not, they have a mess on their hands.  I cannot believe that Riley isn't the coach of that team.  It is way too late to make the change now but there will definitely be a change next season.  This guy is not getting it done.  This team wont make it past the second round of the playoffs.  

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:25 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Who care if tear's were shed, as a Heat fan there is no sympathy nor compassion on my part. I would like to add that it can be very frustrating having to lose the way they've been losing to good teams, this will only bring them closer and make them stronger mentally as a whole.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 8:35 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Theres more meat in a Big Mac than on Bosh.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 8:34 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Spoeslstra and Bosh and pretenders. Get them out of the way and let the Lebron show begin.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:29 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Most of you are right this reporting is a waste of time, but you know these guys form the heat just brought it on themselves. Wade said it everything is right the heat are losing. All I can say to that is "AMEN BROTHER, AMEN". WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:28 am

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Bravo! Bosh is a wash out. Sixty+ games have proven this to be true in the microcosm that is the NBA.  He was good in Toronto when he was the man in a perenially cruddy franchise, but travel southward and this most intense focus and scrutiny has revealed he is neither a classic big man nor an effective three.  It also bothers me that he looks like a drowning rat, but cosmetics are second to athletics.  Too late to trade him.

how much of a clown are you? did he just not put carlos boozer in the torture chamber. bosh did what he was supposed to do. and the heat should have continued to go to him cause none of the bigs for chicago could do anything with him. boozer tried to go at him and got his **** boarded. and when they matched up together he got used and abused. say what you want but don't be stupid. boozer aint better than bosh and neither is any big man that the bulls have.

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