Skip to content

LeBron says he’s still motivated by Orlando’s summer comments

Feb 2, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat Getty Images

LeBron James and the Miami Heat have already played the Orlando Magic twice — but don’t think he has moved on from this summer’s snide comments by Orlando brass.

LeBron’s comments yesterday showed he will be up for Thursday night’s meeting.

“The simple fact that it’s a division opponent, that means a lot,” James said. “Trying to win your division is very key. And also playing exceptionally well on the road is definitely key. That definitely helps later on in the season. And being an Orlando team that basically said a lot of things about us in the offseason, that definitely adds a little bit to the fire.”

If you forgot, Magic GM Otis Smith said. “I thought (James) was, I guess, more of a competitor.” Then Pat Riley jumped down Smith’s throat.

Most of us have moved on from the silliness of those days — to suggest LeBron was not a competitor because he decided to team up with two other stars is faulty logic — but LeBron hasn’t. He still has his black book of people who spoke ill of him and he is still plotting revenge in relatively meaningless February regular season games.

Note to LeBron: Only one thing proves you made the right decision — a ring. Doesn’t have to come this season, but it has to come. Or then you are open to criticism and being second-guessed. So save the revenge comments for games that actually matter.

  1. thestudiokida - Feb 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Joining the Heat won’t change the fact that when he wins a championship he’ll be the best player on the best team. That’s what will make him a legend.

    • hnirobert3 - Feb 2, 2011 at 2:17 PM

      Agreed. He still baffles me with some of his late game decisions. Not so much the pass to House on Sunday, but some of the the things he did towards the end of the Knicks game.

  2. secdominance - Feb 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Note to LeBron: Only one thing proves you made the right decision — a ring. WRONG
    Only one thing proves you made the right decision-Cleveland is 8-40 through 48 games

  3. cordae - Feb 2, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    I’m confused, how are February games meaningless? Some weeks back I remember one of you guys posting something about the Celtics knowing how important homecourt advantage was in the playoffs. Now games are meaningless? I strongly disagree, every game counts. And if players dont think like that, well………look at Cleveland..

    • secdominance - Feb 2, 2011 at 8:17 PM

      its only meaningless if the Heat win. If they lose its indicative of a problem showing that Heat cant win according to the media

      • sixers25 - Feb 4, 2011 at 1:14 AM

        Kurt, I know its killin you but you have to write the 51 11 8 column sometime.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Stephenson goes elsewhere for his future
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Love (4315)
  2. A. Wiggins (3250)
  3. L. James (3242)
  4. E. Bledsoe (3028)
  5. R. Allen (2806)
  1. K. Bryant (2797)
  2. C. Boozer (2787)
  3. L. Stephenson (2719)
  4. D. Rose (2638)
  5. K. Marshall (2332)