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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.


Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:40 pm

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

The fact of the matter is people these days just want to hate for any damn reason they can come up with or think of. This world needs an attitude adjustment. I like how James has responded with all the hate. He ignores it and plays his game. I love it! Shake them haters off King!

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:35 pm

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

I'll tell you how it's going to play out, and thats with the Miami Heat winning multiple NBA Championships, starting this season!
Lebron will not only have multiple rings, but he'll get his finals MVP out of one of those many rings he wins.  He's a superstar playing a roll
players roll in this finals.  He has SHUT down Terry, and he has taken a back seat with dignity, because Wade is logical go to in this match up.
Dallas has nobody that can stop Wade.  Once they wise up and start doubling Wade, Lebron will step up.

MULTIPLE TITLES!!!  Thats what these three UNSELFISH superstars are here for, and it SHOWS.  They play as a team, and they let the right guy
carry the load when it's called for.  I credit how they have come together, because it was ONLY their own EGO's that could have brought them down.  They aren't letting that happen.  This trio is a CLASS act, and I'm PROUD to be a Miami Heat fan !!

GO HEAT BABY...put the screws in this series TONIGHT!

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:21 pm

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

How many times can Lebron talk out of both sides of his mouth???

I know this is the most heavily scrutinized team in NBA history, but "let our play do the talking"??? Didn't he just say 2 days ago that nobody could guard him?  That sounds like "talking" to me.  Isn't this the same guy that screams after nearly every dunk?  That's "talking."  He frickin had an hour long special to "talk" about his decision.  Does he even realize what he is saying anymore?

He's a GREAT player - I will always admit that.  His legacy has not been written yet, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out - this year and the following.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:01 pm

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

If people are going to get on Lebron James about not winning finals MVP then so be it, they can't win with that arguement, if they want to bring in individual awards then Lebron can come out and point to his 2 mvp trophies as opposed to Dirk's 1, Wade's 0, and Bosh's 0.

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