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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 23, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:15 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

James is turning into a train wreck!!

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:10 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Are we done talking about the Miami Heat yet? I have never seen a team that can do anything and get this much attention for it. All this negative attention is just going to send this "all-star team" on a self-destructive path to nowhere. Apparently the Heat can't do anything right in anyones eyes, and I really don't see why it matters. There are so many other things going on besides the Heat people. Anyone see the shalacking the Lakers give the Spurs, or how about the knicks handling business on the road in Atlanta. That is what matters!

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:10 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

If that is the case Mack Brown should have been fired years ago.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:07 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

OMG they were all throwing a pity party and it was readily apparent....You may not have seen the tears from the interviews, but it was all about feeling sorry for them...What a bunch of over rated goofs.  Please go play something else like lawn darts so we dont have to watch this or even catch it while flipping channels anymore...Its just one never ending bad episode of a soap opera after another.  I guess the Heat are trying to get some sponsorship cash from Kleenix or Pampers or whoever is the leading Pacifier maker in the world.  Shut up!! 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:05 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

What a bunch of malarkey.

Spoelstra was the one who admitted that players were crying in the locker room, and now he's trying to distance himself from it?  Bull.  He should have been fired already for letting something like that get out (which was completely his fault), and he definitely ought to be gone by the end of business today.

Pat Riley, come on down!  You're the next contestant on the Price is Right.

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:50 pm
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Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:42 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

I'm taking my tears to souf beach

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:39 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Spoelstra is the wrong guy to be the head coach of the Miami Heat or any other sports team.  First of all you don't come out to the press and give them locker room material that is confident.  If Heat players cried that is a problem but to publicize it and that is what Spoelstra did when he voluntarility commented about it.  Than to blame the media.  Earth to Spoelstra, anytime you tell anyone anything you have to be prepared on how they will interpret what you say because all interpretations are different.  Consider it lesson learned and soemthing that should have been understood before you became a head coach.  Heat players will be hearing it from the press the rest of the year along with from other players and opposing fans all season long.  They might even hear it from their own fans if they don't start winning some big games.  In the playoffs they can expect for the razzing of being crybabies to elevate 10 fold.  Heat players now know their own head coach does not have their back.  The only positive that can come out of this is if Spoelstra uses it the rest of the way to rally the players to unite against him and the rest of the league so they can come together as a team. 

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:38 pm

Erik Spoelstra, LeBron react to 'crygate'

Well, one thing is clear: whatever they were doing back there, Spoelstra considers it crying.

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