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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: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

The Miami Heat need R. Lee Ermey to be their head co


Bravo! I can just see him now with Eric on the coauch saying he has a fear of yellow. "You make me sick you jackwagon!!!"  Crybaby!



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Too funny. The coach brings it up and he blames the media? That's pure chutzpah.

Memo to Eric...

Maybe you should focus on coaching and man up. Perhaps you should call a play where Wade handles the ball @ the end, because he is, was and will always be a more clutch player than LeChoke. How many times can LeChoke miss the game winner before you realize he shouldn't even get a chance to do so? Seems to me you abdicated your position allowing him to put your team in a position to lose.

Blame the media all you want. We all know Riley is in the wings and he can out coach you in a coma. He may be a jerk, but that guy is a disciplinarian and works his team. While you complain, South Beach burns.




Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

You must've forgot about the game winning basket IN THE PLAYOFFS against the ORLANDO MAGIC two years ago. That was a big shot even though they lost the series. They weren't even in the other games at the end. Most of ths stuff can be attributed to poor shot selection at the end of the game. From what I've seen their has been excellent defense on these guys at the end of the game which is why there is the pass to Miller and House. When they get the ball now that those two guys have choked at different times. They key on Lebron and Wade with help defense.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'




Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

I think they would've been better with saving the Bosh money and spreading it around on some solid players. Wade and Lebron are good enough.




Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

I love how Spoe blames the media.... Dude it was your voice who said "guys are cryin back there".... I don't think the media changed dubbed your voice. I have played lots of sports and been eaten up by a loss. I never cried. That is sissy. Give me a guy who is so pissed he'll put a chair through a wall and then dunk on someone's head in the next game over a guy caring and crying... The Heat players should cry... All that money and can't hit a game winning shot against anyone..... I would cry too...it is Pathetic-gate....



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Forget Erik Spoelstra... forget Pat Riley...  The Miami Heat need R. Lee Ermey to be their head coach. 






Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

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.)

When pretty much every scandal or controversy is dubbed something-'gate', that is the opposite of clever.



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

what about Karma now?  Le Biotch!
He'll never be the "go to guy" at the the end of the game as everyone in Cleveland already knows. Otherwise known as Le Choke.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

this is not about whether a coach has played in the nba, nor for that matter whether it is
his first job as head coach. greg pop in san antonio never played, as i recall, nor did he coach before
taking over. now, he was faced, and quick, with the jerk dennis rodman and having to deal with him,
but then he became a real good coach, in pretty short order.

the problem with spoelstra is another issue..he is too young. he will grow into it,
but not this year, and not with this team of prima donnas ...led by the all time star...turned
choke artist. at lead point guard and leading the cheers...for himself.

the lakers of the early 70s had baylor, chamberlain and west...and they didnt win at all.
now, baylor was hurt, and the next year of so the other guys with goody and mcmillan and the
rest, won 33 games in a row and the championship. but they had more pride than labron seems
to have..and they had mr clutch. something labron aint.


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