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LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 2:09 pm
 
LeBron James says the Miami Heat are "starting to taste" a title. Posted by Ben Golliver. lebron-james-wall

DALLAS -- The Miami Heat are halfway home, up two games to one over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.

For Heat forward LeBron James, two more wins will mean his first ring and validation for his decision to skip out of Cleveland to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh

"Of course we’re starting to taste it," James said following Miami's morning shootaround in advance of Tuesday night's Game 4. "But we’ve got a lot of work. This game tonight is going to be extremely hard, just like Game 3, just like Game 2, just like Game 1."

As that goal gets closer, the noise level seems only to increase.

On Monday, Mavericks guard Jason Terry publicly questioned whether James would be able to continue guarding him late in games and Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson called the Heat "actors"

James acknowledged that he had heard Terry's comments, but played them off.

"Those guys have a right to say what they want to say," James said. "For me and D-Wade and for our team, we just try to go out and play our game, let our game do the talking. It’s not about listening to clips, those guys have the right to say want to say."

Over the weekend, James made it clear that Mavericks forward Shawn Marion couldn't stop him individually on defense, that it would take a team concept. He used a similar line of thinking, but in reverse, to frame Miami's defense on Terry.

"It’s no one on one match-up between me and [Terry]," James said. "I don’t get involved in that. I just go out there and execute what we need to do.

"It’s a team game. Defensively we all have to be in tune. Not only on Jason Terry, but on Dirk, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Shawn Marion." 

James' teammates scoffed at the notion that James, who is playing nearly 44 minutes per game in the postseason, would have trouble keeping up with Terry.

"He’s not going to wear down," Wade said.

"You gotta let sleeping dogs lie sometimes," Bosh added. "But maybe [Terry is] trying to get himself going, and maybe that's what he looks for."

But Terry isn't James' only detractor. Some here in Texas have questioned whether James' ring will be cheapened if Wade wins Finals MVP. That scenario would bolster the "James is only a sidekick for hire" argument that developed immediately after James decided to leave Cleveland.

"That’s ridiculous," James said. "I’m here to win. That’s all it’s about. Individual accolades take care of itself. I’ve got two MVP trophies sitting in my back house in Ohio. I haven’t won anything. It’s all about a team game, this is the ultimate team prize right here and that’s trying to win the NBA championship. I don’t really care, I could trade in my last two MVP trophies to have a ring."
 
James noted that he's been passed over for awards before.

"I would have started a long time ago playing golf or playing tennis if I wanted to be an individual guy. I’ve always loved team sports... Even though I was the best player on the team my little league coach gave everybody on the team an MVP trophy at the end of the year. That’s just how I was brought up."

Despite that strange and vivid flashback to an apparent childhood snub, James was ultimately convincing when he talked about his single-minded focus on the title.

"It’s here for us," he said without any trace of unnecessary excitement.

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Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:17 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

There has been entirely TOO much Heat Hater double talk this season.

First in th offseason, "They should win the title. They have the most talent."

Then during the season, "They'll never win a title because they don't play like a team."

Hell, when they started 9-8 I was hearing stuff like, "They won't make the playoffs." or "They won't make it out of the 1st round." or 2nd round, and so on.

"They can't beat Boston. They have their number." Then when they did, Boston's roster is suddenly made up of walking corpses.

"They can't beat Chicago. 3 players can never beat 5." or "Chicago is a complete team from 1-12." Then when the heat win, the Bulls need more shooters, a 2 guard and a post presence.

Don't forget that Riley and Froman had to share the award because Gar built a COMPLETE team and Riley could only sign leftovers after Wade, James and Bosh.

I can't wait to hear what comes next. Or even better, what kind of craziness will they come up with next season?


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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:15 pm
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Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:58 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

Lumpoco, you sir, are an idiot.  A few bad calls or no calls cost Dallas game 3?  What game were you watching?  Bron got fouled on the "blocked" shot he took to win the game but he didn't get the call.  It happens.  It pissed me off to see a foul on a game winning shot not get called but I'm not on here complaining about it and blaming the fact that my team isn't good enough to win on the officials.  The Mavs have shot 80 free throws compared to the Heat's 65.  That's an extra 5 shots a game for a team that almost never attacks the rim and 5 less shots a game for a team that drives the lane and gets fouled (legitimately) more than any other team in the NBA.  So the fouls have been in DALLAS' favor.  NOT MIAMI.  So shut it about the officiating and try to figure out why your superstar missed the game-tying shot with three seconds left. People like you make me sick to my stomach.  Blaming the officials is bush league but so are most Dallas fans, I've come to see here lately.




Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:42 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

Terry has unleashed the Crakin, I will bet he finishes the 4th with zero points once more.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:24 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

How is it vindication if the Heat win the title? Everybody, except Dan Gilbert, expected them to win the title from the beginning. They are, by far, a more talented team than Dallas (or any other team for that matter). Lebron can shoot or dish off to Wade or Bosh. Dirk's best options are Jason Terry and Shawn Marion. How is that not a mismatch? The only reason Miami hasn't run away with it is they are not a team and they are trying to win a team sport. Lebron and D-Wade have made a mockery of the team concept and continue to do so when they refer to themselves in their interviews (i.e. "For me and D-Wade...") and then act as if they are team players. Everyone knows that they are the only two that really matter, Bosh is next, and the rest of the team only exists to comply with NBA rules. The coach is a complete no count. There is no vindication for Lebron. Even if the Heat win the next 6 titles. That's the beauty of the situation. In fact, just like Kobe & Shaq, the only possible vindication will come if he can win a title without Wade at some time in the distant future. You can bet the farm that's where this is heading.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:16 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

Does anyone here really know what an NBA title tastes like? Seriously, athletes have gotten dumber as each year passes.

"I can smell the fear in their eyes!" (The correct phrase would have been "I can see the fear in their eyes")

"We are so close I can smell the title"

"We done good!"

"It's ironic that we are playing against the same team that we lost to last time"

"Sometimes you can't help but lose for winning"

"Stupid is as stupid does"...actually, that's attributed to Forrest Gump so in that context it does make sense.

I wonder if an NBA title tastes like a Big Mac. I recently saw a commercial between James and another player who were trying to win a McDonald's lunch. They were so distracted in making outrageous shots that they did not notice Larry Bird stop by and eat the sandwich.

I do feel sorry for the Mavericks. They were the better team in Game 3 and they were robbed because of a few bad calls or non calls. But history has shown that over a 7 game series the better team usually wins unless it's star players forgot how to play like star players during the playoffs.



Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:15 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

Lebron has been Dwayne Wade's Scottie pippen.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:04 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

LeBron is a great player and probably regrets the way he left the Cavs but that is all a moot point now isn't it? He/they will not win 6 or 7 titles simply because sh@@ happens like injuries, other teams improving etc...
That said as a Cavs fan I really don't care anymore about the Heat...LeBron...D-Wade or anyone else not wearing the Wine and Gold  GO CAVS rebuild and get it done.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:25 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

look man every time the heat gets a win you see the 3 get together and pat each other on the back. then they walk over to the rest of the team. and you heat fans call that a team please. I just can't belive that wade of all people look's for calls form the ref's that's sad.the nba is all about actting.



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:16 pm
 

LeBron James, above the din, can 'taste' a title

montsho-

the hatred comes from the decision.  it was a televised dumping of a fan based and was the height of an athlete's arrogance.   taking a hour to say "i'm going to miami."    with that said, the world needs to build a bridge and get over it.    but, that's not where all of it comes from.  

alot of the sports media live in or around new york.  ESPN is headquartered in bristol.   these guys were all pulling for him to go to New York.   Didnt happened.   Chicago wanted him too, didnt happen.    Jealousy can be an ugly uncontrollable emotion.   If he went to the Knicks and teamed with Amar'e, the sports media would love him.   They would talk about MSG and how great it is (despite not winning a title in about 40 years).  

It's a joke.  

Lebron is a heat.  Six years and six rings from now, people will be praising him.



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