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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: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:35 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Spoelstra is digging the hole deeper and deeper - soon he will bury himself and Pat Riley will take over this pathetic team...Spoelstra is clearly over-matched to coach a top NBA team.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:26 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

I guess he will blame the media when Riles fires his A** soon.  I bet LeDouche "having his back" is comforting seiin that it is his cinder blocks getting the team into a bad spot.  Soon Le Clank will quit on this team and point one of his brick laying fingers at Spoles and he too will vanish just like mike brown.  Too bad for lil dwayne but the old syaing---be careful what you wish for

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:12 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Of course Erik Spoelstra should blame the media.  After all, they quoted him truthfully and accurately.  I mean, what is he supposed to do, accept responsibility for everything he says to reporters? 

Okay, enough sarcasm.  Ever since he came into the NBA, LeBaby was been a big whining crybaby.  Just look at the pouting face he makes whenever he gets a foul call against him.  And now, his crying has become contagious.  What's next, the Heat playing in shorts skirts?

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:05 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

I don't agree with how Spolestra handled it but why is this even an issue/story?? So some overpaid adult babies decided to cry over their situation. To a point it shows they care and to another point it shows they are frustrated. Who cares. Move on. Must really be a slow sports day to even have this as a front running story.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:02 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?

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 5:57 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

This is the media's fault?  Was it the media's fault that Lebron wanted an hour long ego-fueled special?  Or the little party they had in Miami after the big 2.5 signed, where LeBron said "multiple championships" were possible?  The media may be to blame for a lot, but this they are not.  Those three idiots have made this a circus since day one, and now they "cry" about the attention?  Tough S***** MOTH** F***KERS.  Sorry.  Had to let it out.  Miami = Two and a half men.  Not sure which one is the half anymore.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 5:52 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

That assumed 70 win season and guaranteed 2011 NBA championship celebration back in October 2010 was a declaration of beauty. Something happened along the way, like a reality check filled with ineptitude. WAH WAH WAH........cry us a river LeBrick.

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 5:27 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Coach? REALLY? You make the statement during your press conference right after the game that some of your guys are in the lockerroom crying and now you want to blame the media? Are you for real? With each passing game/loss, you're making yourself look even more less deserving of a head coaching job. Coach S., instead of blaming the media (and D. Wade blaming theWorld) maybe you and your team should work on closing out games! You guys look lost, confused and dazed when teams make runs on you. This is the NBA, every team makes a run. If this team wasn't so full of themselves they'd understand that mere talent isn't enough to win in professional sports. It takes sacrifice (not just financial), cohesion, teamwork and (someone tell D. Wade) HUMILITY!! You have to understand that you can't be the best every game and that it takes TEAMWORK to win in TEAM sports! Until the Heatles understand this concept they'll continue to falter and the world will continue to watch the Heatles or whatever they're calling themselves this week continue to look like the Monkees!

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 5:27 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

somebody get lebrick a tissue *sniffle*

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 5:10 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

I heard Erik Spoelstra's postgame interview and he clearly said, "There are guys in the lockeroom crying right now."

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