King James wants Spoelstra to bow to him
Old 11-30-2010, 12:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Meticulous in his preparation, Spoelstra spoke with several past coaches, and league sources said a clear and unequivocal picture appeared on how to proceed: End the cycle of enabling with James and hold him accountable.

And surprise, surprise: LeBron James has responded with a test of his own organizational strength, pushing to see how far the Heat will bend to his will. This season, James is hearing a word seldom uttered to him in Cleveland: “No.” And it keeps coming out of the coach’s mouth, keeps getting between the King and what he wants.

Can I stay overnight to party in New Orleans after a preseason game?

Can I play the clown in practice?

Can I get out of playing point guard?

No. No. No.

Wait, what?

No, LeBron.

No.

Even within a month of the season’s sideways 9-8 start, the NBA witnessed a predictable play out of the James-Maverick Carter playbook on Monday morning. They planted a story and exposed themselves again as jokers of the highest order. They care so little about anyone but themselves. Still, no one’s surprised that they’d stoop so low, so fast into this supposed historic 73-victory season and NBA Finals sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers. They want Spoelstra – and Pat Riley – to bend to them, to bow to the King the way everyone has before them.

Nevertheless, here’s what was surprising – even troubling – when the Heat talked on Monday before a victory over the Washington Wizards: In the blink of an eye, Dwyane Wade(notes) signed up with Team LeBron to scapegoat and sell out Spoelstra.

“I’m not going to say he’s ‘my guy,’ but he’s my coach,” Wade said.

Wade’s always been loyal, and that’s why it was so surprising to witness him bail this fast on Spoelstra, whom Wade knows too well. Spoelstra is a good NBA coach. Everyone knows that Wade isn’t a star who plays hard all the time, knows that he takes plays off on defense. They know that Spoelstra did a terrific job coaching 90 victories out of that flawed Miami roster the previous two seasons.

As much as ever, the Heat need Wade to influence James. Only now, it’s clear James is influencing Wade. With Udonis Haslem(notes) out for the regular season, the locker room misses one of its vital voices. Now, Wade is struggling on the floor and James is the devil on his shoulder, whispering that he doesn’t need to be accountable, that there’s an easy fall guy for everyone: Spoelstra.

Those who know Wade well, who care about him, were disappointed Monday. When Spoelstra needed Wade to stand up for him, Wade never shrunk so small. Spoelstra was Wade’s guy, but Wade’s finding it much easier to align himself with James’ coward act than do the right thing. This was something that you’d expect out of Chris Bosh(notes), who’s never been a leader, never a winner, but Wade?

“He knows better than this,” one of Wade’s former assistant coaches said. “I’m not saying he hasn’t changed some, but he knows right from wrong. And this is wrong.”

The fundamental problem for Spoelstra isn’t that James doesn’t respect coaches – he doesn’t respect people. Give LeBron this, though: He’s learned to live one way with the television light on, and another with it off. He treats everyone like a servant, because that’s what the system taught him as a teenage prodigy. To James, the coach isn’t there to mold him into the team dynamic. He’s there to serve him.

Wade was one of the Team USA players who’d watch incredulously as James would throw a bowl of fries back at a renowned chef and bark, “They’re cold!” Or throw his sweaty practice jersey across the court and command a team administrator to go pick it up. Everyone wants James to grow out of it, but he’s never showed much of an inclination for self-examination and improvement. And he’s never surrounded himself with people who’d push him to do so.

What’s more, the timing of this leak was no accident, because James and his business manager had to like the idea of someone else going on trial this week. When the public wanted to talk about James’ return to Cleveland, about the callous way with which he left, about the disjointed start in Miami, they thrust everything onto Spoelstra.

Part of them believed they could deflect Hell Week at home in Ohio, and part of them probably believed they could indeed align the public with them against Spoelstra.

After all, the coach had it coming to him. Of this, LeBron James was sure. Spoelstra had the audacity to do something that Mike Brown never had ownership’s backing to do in Cleveland: To push James, call him out, coach him.

The funniest part had to be how they leaked the idea that Erik Spoelstra was panicking now, behaving like he feared for his job. Truth be told, he’s been behaving in the opposite way. Spoelstra isn’t running from LeBron, but running at him.

Someone’s scared here, but it isn’t the coach.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Those who know Wade well, who care about him, were disappointed Monday. When Spoelstra needed Wade to stand up for him, Wade never shrunk so small. Spoelstra was Wade’s guy, but Wade’s finding it much easier to align himself with James’ coward act than do the right thing. This was something that you’d expect out of Chris Bosh, who’s never been a leader, never a winner, but Wade?

“He knows better than this,” one of Wade’s former assistant coaches said. “I’m not saying he hasn’t changed some, but he knows right from wrong. And this is wrong.”
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I never knew some of the shit I just read about James...

Not that I though it possible, but I dislike the guy more now.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do we really need to turn the NBA into a reality show?
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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this just keeps getting better and better doesn't it ?
i think this video sums up best how i feel about Miami's woes

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Old 11-30-2010, 01:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Gotta love that they're still taking every opportunity to throw Bosh under the bus lol....
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Miami's woes? I don't really see any signs of woes. If Lebron has always had this issue with acting out, which we never heard about before, and is now being called to account, then that means they could and should avert any woes.

It isn't even December. If real issues actually keep popping up in February, then I'll be thinking there might be some woes. Right now, I still see a team that can win it all, and is only going to get deeper as guys return from injury. I know it's fun to just write them off from the start, but it's just the start.

I could live with a team with such woes. Please bring some of that here.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It could of been a nice article on Spoelstra with the direction he was heading, why did he have to make it about hating Lebron with a few jabs at Bosh and Wade. Wodnejnewiskie looking like one of those yahoo writer's who writes for free on the hopes that their garbage might rack up some hits.

So much garbage written on the heat...Just giving the people what they want.

All that stuff about Lebron could be true, and Spoelstra pushing him could turn out to be an amazing thing and the start of a great freindship for all anyone knows.

Their should be a Miami Heat Garbage bin thread. Just collect all the garbage articles and put them in one place.

The situation is going to either turn out very poorly, or very good. Articles going to one or the extreme or the other right now are garbage just looking to get hits and make money.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It could of been a nice article on Spoelstra with the direction he was heading, why did he have to make it about hating Lebron with a few jabs at Bosh and Wade. Wodnejnewiskie looking like one of those yahoo writer's who writes for free on the hopes that their garbage might rack up some hits.

So much garbage written on the heat...Just giving the people what they want.

All that stuff about Lebron could be true, and Spoelstra pushing him could turn out to be an amazing thing and the start of a great freindship for all anyone knows.

Their should be a Miami Heat Garbage bin thread. Just collect all the garbage articles and put them in one place.

The situation is going to either turn out very poorly, or very good. Articles going to one or the extreme or the other right now are garbage just looking to get hits and make money.
Because now is the time where you could write anything about Lebron, and if its negative you get 10000 more hits.
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Because now is the time where you could write anything about Lebron, and if its negative you get 10000 more hits.
I think you win the big prize. It's really sad to see it effecting the best of writers though. Damn internet.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm sorry but every time this thread pops up, I glance at it and think it says "King James wants Spoelstra to Blow Him"

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I'm sorry but every time this thread pops up, I glance at it and think it says "King James wants Spoelstra to Blow Him"

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you have a dirty mind... but that's okay
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I'm sorry but every time this thread pops up, I glance at it and think it says "King James wants Spoelstra to Blow Him"

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I didn't think it was possible to make them even more disliked. I thought they would go ahead and start winning and leave everyone with nothing to say. This is all just ugly.
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LeBron James is preparing for an emotional return to Cleveland as a member of the visiting team on Thursday night.

He was asked on Tuesday whether he'd eventually like to see his jersey hanging in the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena.

"Wow. Of course," James said. "If that's something that organization and franchise would do, I'm all respectful of that. I just tried to be the best player I could be every night, whether I was in that Cavalier uniform, that USA uniform. If that results in me having my jersey retired that would be great."
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wow how come Bosh has been getting alot of jabs lately? and lebron to me seems like one of those spoiled kids that will do anything to get his way by any means necessary
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He's a 14yr old boy. Perv doesn't even begin to describe it. lol
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