|Kobe's verbal put-back. (Getty Images)|
With the Lakers reeling a week ago, the pressure and attention was building to new levels. The more they lost, the more negative attention was heaped on them.
"No one will ever be able to compare what we went through," James told reporters. "Even though they're not winning and they're losing a lot of games, it's still nowhere near what we went through.
"Yeah, right. That level of magnitude was nowhere near where ours was two years ago. Nothing. Nothing compares to it."
With the Lakers and Heat set to play on Thursday night, Kobe Bryant was asked for his thoughts on LeBron's thoughts.
"What does he want, a cookie?" Kobe said, via the L.A. Times.
So that's a burn.
I see what LeBron's saying and, really, he was just answering a question. He said it pretty emphatically, and it does have sort of a "but ours was worse!" whine to it, but LeBron is right. What the Heat went through that first season was different. With the one-hour special, then the pep rally, then the 9-8 start, the Heat weren't under a magnifying glass -- they were under a million magnifying glasses.
The Lakers have felt their fair share of the pressure. But for one, the excuses are pretty obvious with them. Injuries have ravaged their season so far. I feel like if Chris Bosh had missed the first two months in 2010-11, we'd probably have been more forgiving of the Heat's slow start.
Dwight Howard was asked too about LeBron's take:
"Laker fans expect me to do a lot night in and night out, and you just have to deal with it," Howard said. "At times, it can get tough and can get to a point to where you're like, 'I'm sick of it.' But I'm a strong person, and I will overcome the situation that's been put in front of me. And I also understand that I've got to be patient with my body. Nobody else is going to be patient but me. It's going to continue to get better."
So he didn't really answer it and instead talked his own struggles. Probably wise. Because I think Kobe's response pretty much covered it, anyway.