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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.

Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:46 am
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Shame on ESPN and shame on you.  Spoelstra is right, this is a non-story!  What a waste of airtime and copy space.

It was a great weekend of sports including a great setup for championship week in college basketball.  All I hear all day long is that some players cried after a game.  WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!

Do some real reporting.  Find a worthwhile story.  I suffered through all your coverage of Brett Favre for five years.  I suffered through your coverage of LeBron and where he was going to "take his talents."  I suffered through Melo watch.  It's boring.  People want to hear about other things.  Things that matter on the firld/court of play.  I finally had enough.  I turned it off, and I hope a lot of other people did to send the message that you need to stop reporting this kind of slop that no one cares about.




Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:34 am
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Shame on ESPN.  What a waste.  On a Monday after a weekend of a lot of great sports, especially in college basketball as we get ready for championship week.  And all I head was some heat players cried.  WHO CARES!  I will listen to a lot of stuff on ESPN I don't care about, but I had to turn this slop off.  I DON"T CARE that they were crying.  I'm not going to laugh at them or think less (or more) of them.  I JUST DON"T CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have labored through them overhyping Brett Favre, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Cam Newton.  I suffered through that, but I just couldn't listen to this waste of air time.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:27 am
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

This comes down to the most logical point,coaching-----the kid can't handle these superstars.Losing close games,lack of leadership and a total lack of chemistry can be solved by bringing in someone who won't be afraid to tell one of these guys to be the go to guy in clutch situations. 3 great players does not make a championship team, but chemistry and a leader will-ask the Bulls.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:03 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.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:00 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.



Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Good God, who CARES?  It's a freakin' BASKETBALL game played by a bunch of overpaid men.  Cry, don't cry...who cares?  Honestly, does James?  Wade?  Move on!



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Riles is too old to travel.  I'm sure he has a hip replacement or something that would slow him down and he may be out of touch with today's athletes anyway.  Lebron or Wade SHOULD be able to go one-on-one, that's what both of them have done throughout their careers.  Keep opponents guessing which one will do it--most NBA teams don't have that luxury.  70%? You're right, that does suck, but no one is calling fouls that late anyway--the Heat simply miss the opportunities to win close games for reasons that belie their stardom and reputations.  Not a playoff team, where seven game series allow opponents to focus on weaknesses without mercy. Second round elimination, for sure.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

When is Riley coming down out of the box to coach this team? Think about it... Heat are losing close games... final minutes of close games for the Heat are all about Lebron or Wade going one-on-one. There's no flow... no ball movement. It's always 1-on-5 at the end. The coach should actually try calling some plays. Also, both Lebron and Wade are 70% FT shooters. Not a good recipe to close out game.




Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Ya know black marv, that's a bunch of crap...that shot was 2 years ago, he did nothing last year in the playoffs and he makes a circus out of where he's gonna play. Plain and simple he's getting his ass handed to him and it's much deserved, you can't make that much noise about where your gonna play and then not close games out. He's reeping what he sows, so to speak. The bigger issue is that it's seems to be coming apart at the seams with him and Wade, DWade pretty much said maybe they should start looking in other places if things don't start to fall (meaning he should have the ball at the end of games because the king is starting to look like a queen at the end of games). Here's another thought black marv, how about alittle screen roll with DWade and the king at the end of a game. I'm a huge NBA fan and watch a bunch of Heat games and I haven't seen that once out of this team.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Lebron would have never went to Miami if Bosh wasn't there....i just can't believe that they  make the same money and that they both make more then Wade money!!  They are a joke and I could careless if they ever won another game...talking about winnning 6 or 7 championships and they can't even beat a team above .500!! They sad thing is I really liked Wade before the circus hit Miami!!   Rock Chalk Baby!!      P.S. Spoelstra looks like a total jack off making these comments!  What a Doucer!


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