The Heat is on…Literally

I dont wanna hear it people! I dont wanna hear “Oh its a new team, they need time to gel!” “They dont have enough players to compete!” etc…I DONT WANNA HEAR NOTHING!

"It was all good just a week ago...."

No one was saying ANYTHING bad about them when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach.  No one said anything when Bosh left Toronto hanging and signed a max deal. No one was saying anything when everybody actually had this team stamped for an NBA Finals tickets totally disregarding Boston and Orlando (hell even an improved Chicago team). And lastly no one said anything when SOME people actually thought they could challenge the 96 Bulls teams for the NBA Record number of victories at 72. I dont wanna hear it.

You know what I AM hearing though? Excuses………

After a loss to the “rival” Celtics where Rajon Rondo absolutely abused them:

“For myself, 44 minutes is too much,” LeBron James declared. “I think Coach Spo knows that. Forty minutes for D-Wade is too much. We have to have as much energy as we can to finish games out.”

Really LeBron?!?!?! After getting your ass handed to you AGAIN by the Celtics on National TV, the 1st thing you want to mention is that your coach is playing you too many minutes….in NOVEMBER?!?!!?  Now I’m not a professional athlete, but I WAS an athlete (AAU, High School level) and I have NEVER EVER EVER EVER (Chris Tucker from Friday voice) seen/heard a LEADER tell anyone that they are playing TOO MANY MINUTES!  REAL competitors WANT the minutes….they even argue with their coach for more minutes.  LeBron isnt dumb.  LeBron knows how to play the media, he’s done this for over a decade now since he’s been in High School, he’s a very engaging personality, very calculated in what words he uses in speaking to the media.  This was a jab (and wont be the 1st) towards his coach, who is probably the 1st coach in his life to PUSH LeBron to be MORE than what he is.  Give 100% at ALL times or you do not win in Professional Sports. PERIOD

‘I guess he felt that he was loosening up just a little bit too much,’ Bosh said. ‘And he knows that he has to meet us halfway. He wants to work. We want to chill. But we’s going to have work to get everything down, and get our timing down, and get our chemistry down.’”

Oh really Mr Bosh?!?!!? Basically your telling a nation of millions that you dont particularly want to work hard for your success, you want the easy way…the EASY ring.

“For whatever reason, I don’t think we had that sense of urgency,” said Heat guard Eddie House, who missed a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds that would have won the game vs Utah in overtime. “I think we got up 20 (points) and might have just gotten bored with that process of how we got up 20.”

Eddie House?!?! Cmon man…he’s not the leader but if your teammates are willingly going to admit to being BORED, this is when your leaders step up and DEAD THAT SHIT! Now your hearing rumblings that “players are frustrated with Spolstra”. I get it, I FINALLY get it!!! I FINALLY get why LeBron basically deaded his future legacy and joined “forces” with his equal in Dwyane Wade, they wanted this the EASY way.  I mean I’m not the one saying this, 2 of the Big 3 have…and we are not even 20 games into the 2010-11 Season. They want Pat Riley to come back down from the Front Office but they will soon realize that Pat Riley is a NOTORIOUSLY hard practice coach.  There will be no “chilling”, sorry guys.

One person we arent hearing much from is Mr. Wade, who is a staunch Erik Spolstra supporter.  How will this play out?  Will LeBron “win” and get Spolstra fired? If so, how will that effect Mr Wade?  Honestly, Im a Lebron Fan…and a DWade fan, I have authentic jerseys of them both that I purchased in their rookie years but its something going on with this team that I just dont like.  One of the reasons LeBron was beloved by millions is that he had that special Magic Johnson like quality of fun that is infectious.  Right now, that is non-existent.  Will that fun factor ever return or did LeBron leave that in Cleveland when he packaged his talents and LeBron Brand on the 1 Way ticket to Miami?

Only time will tell……

Thanksgiving Eve….

As I sit here developing a newfound hatred for my boy Steve Blake as he hits dagger 3’s for the Lake Show, I just watched 2 pretty good basketball games featuring My Wizards and My Kentucky Wildcats.

 

First, my Wizards pulled out a tough, comeback victory vs the Philly Sixers.  At one point they were down by 17, and as you all know, this Wizards team just isnt equipped to make these type of comebacks on a regular basis.  BUT for some reason, this team, for all of its obvious flaws, shows resiliency when they bring maximum effort. Javale McGee has played with renewed fervor the past week or so, had 24 pts and a career high 16 rebounds. He now leads the league in blocks…imagine when he learns not to jump for every pump fake…sky’s the limit.  John Wall returned from his 1st NBA injury and had 20 pts off the bench and hit 3 crucial free throws with 3 seconds remaining to send the game into OT.  Big 3 pt shots in OT from Gilbert Arenas and the actual game winner from Nick Young gave the fans at Verizon Center a reason to go home with a smile on their faces.

 

Secondly, this was my 1st opportunity to watch my Kentucky Wildcats play a legit Final Four contender early in the season in the Washington Huskies.  Highly touted freshman Terrance Jones had verbally committed to Washington but Coach Calipari used his “mojo” and got Jones to commit to the more awesome school.  This game was apart of the Maui classic but it was played with the intensity of a NCAA Tournament game.  He already has a pro body, he’s the prototypical Small Forward that NBA scouts will drool over next June.  He played a solid game but the star of the game was 2010’s #1 rated Point Guard prospect (also a Wildcat) Brandon Knight who was scintillating and sensational throughout (word to Dick Vitale even though Bill Raftery called the game on ESPN LOL).  My Cats are stacked again with 1 and Done freshman, hopefully this year we can hit some jumpshots and free throws when it really matters in March!