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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: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 8:27 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

If you don't like Spoelstra's face, wait a minute and he'll show you his other one. NBA - No Babies Allowed. This reminds me of the days of Barry Bonds sitting in his easy chair, watching movies on HGH, sorry meant HBO, or whatever, while his teammates worked at trying to get better, only now there are three spoiled brats sitting in their easy chairs, doing who knows what instead of working as a team to get better at a team sport.

They brought this on themselves with their self promotion, starting with LeBonds and his bringing his talents to SouthBeach.

WAKE UP HEAT! It's not all about you, and seriously, get a real busdriver/coach. Somebody that doesn't throw you macho beasts under the bus for caring too much.

Are we done yet, no, too much fun.

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:59 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Seriously, the Heat are NOW blaming the Media. Where were they last October when ESPN already had them winning 82 straight games and the next 6 championships. Old saying - Be careful what you wish for.

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:28 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

I wonder if Adam Morrison is available? He should fit right in.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:21 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Ask Bill Parcells, Bellichick, Walsh, Madden, Gibbs, Gruden, Johnson or Payton's players how it went for a coach who NEVER PLAYED professionally. If you dont respct your coach cause he wasnt in the league, you are an idiot. If you dont respect your coach cause he sucks, OK.

Your 99 rating should be ripped for that statement alone.

There are more variables to successful coach than you have brain cells. I'd rate "Playing in the league" at about 43rd.

Hate hate Hate.

Let me guess, you think the NFL payers are being greedy, too?

Re-read my post, dumbass. I said IN THE MODERN NBA, not in modern professional sports. Way to list a bunch of successful coaches from the NFL. Tour reading comprehension is on par with a six year old.

I'm not even saying a successful NBA coach has to have played in The League; but if you're Spoelstra, you don't have NBA experience as a player, nor do you have a proven track record as a head coach, therefore, you are lacking credibility, therefore, you will have trouble coaching superstars. Do you understand my point now?

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:20 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

All of this is so-----X f'ing gay.  Lebron- "You mean it takes more than talent to win a championship?"  Hmmmm, I guess that second rate supporting cast in Cleveland was a little better than people think.  Chemistry wins more titles than talent....and a coach who knows what the hell he is doing.  Maybe they need to hire Mike Brown in Miami??

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:18 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'


Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:17 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

LeBron, LeBrick, LeBiatch, LeBaby.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:13 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Correction - LeBron

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:12 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

actually yes... if the media didnt sensationalize it and hype it and make it the biggest thing ever LaBron would have had no medium to act the way he does.  Dont be so simple headed that you dont understand the media plays a huge role in this.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:54 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

CRYING!!!  I still can't believe I'm reading this stuff right...CRYING!?

What is this the women's NCAA Tournament?

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