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Spoelstra makes mistake in saying Heat players cry after loss

Mar 6, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

Miami Heat

There is no crying in basketball.

Well, there is, but we don’t really talk about it. Basketball is an emotional game. Well, it is if you care. So not for Andray Blatche most nights. But if you are invested — as any professional player should be — there will be wild emotional highs (we all remember Michael Jordan hugging the trophy in tears). The flip side of that is devastating emotional lows. For all the talk of keeping an even keel, there are times the game takes an emotional toll.

But players don’t want to be seen that way. They need a swagger. They think of themselves as invincible. They like that image.

What Erik Spoelstra told the media in Miami after the Heat suffered another difficult loss to an elite team shattered that image. They should be down, the Heat blew another big first half lead. They have lost four in a row. They lost a game a lot of people were pointing to as big for this team. They missed another shot at the end of the game.

But Spoelstra told the press — as reported by our own Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel on twitter — that some of the players were in tears after the loss.

I can understand some players were crying after a loss. Maybe it’s a little immature, but at least they are invested. At least they care. That matters.

But telling the press? Oh, that was your mistake, Spoelstra. This was a regular season game. Say they were in tears after being eliminated from the playoffs is one thing, but to spill that after a regular season loss is a mistake. You may have been trying to pass along the message that they cared, but that will not be the perception. Tweens crying over not getting Justin Bieber concert tickets will be the perception. Your heat will look soft. Which, on top of playing soft makes them look, well, soft. Like a Nerf ball soft.

And, it keeps the Heat soap opera going.

  1. rickmirer - Mar 6, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Spoelstra said there were guys crying in the locker room, not just players. Could have been anyone. And you help the Heat soap opera keep on going too. It’s still the regular season. Crying doesn’t make somebody immature, it makes them human. Awfully judgmental.

    • andyhr17 - Mar 6, 2011 at 9:05 PM

      Yes, I’m sure when Spoelstra said people were crying in the locker room he was referring to the assistant trainer and the ball boy.

      More than likely is was Bosh sitting in the corner sobbing while saying “Why doesn’t anyone like me??”

    • yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Mar 6, 2011 at 9:31 PM

      Yea the janitor and the ball-boy were in tears, news at 11

      • loungefly74 - Mar 7, 2011 at 8:11 AM

        @yankeesjetsknicksrangers – hilarious man! yeah, and the agents were crying too.

        @rickmirer – the point of the article was it’s okay if you need to cry, just don’t let anybody know after a game like this. it’s too early to cry.

        this reminds me of when jermaine o’neal admitted to the media that fan noise affects his FT shooting. what happened after that? the noise got louder! point is…there are certain things you don’t fess up to…especially during the regular season.

    • bunchofwusses - Mar 7, 2011 at 2:28 AM

      Frustrated or angry at yourself that’s understandable. Crying because of a couple of losses on regular games?!!!! WUSS!!! No sympathy here.

  2. digitalpoo - Mar 6, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Nope… sorry, if it’s coming from the Heat – it makes them a b!tch

  3. habibthomas - Mar 6, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    well….Lakers versus Celtics…again…in The Finals…for the millionth time

  4. zackd2 - Mar 6, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    There’s no crying during WAR!

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM

      when George Bush has your son coming back home in a coffin there is crying

  5. silencegooddoer - Mar 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    OMG…. This “trainwreck” of a team brought to us by Pat Riley is getting old! Couldn’t think of a better bunch of Pre-Madonnas that deserve it more. What a “desicion” LeBron! What a downward spiral you have been in since the playoffs last year. You need to start from scratch on the people you surround yourself with and the influence you let them have on you. You are moving backwards almost as fast as Charlie Sheen! I AM WITTNESS!

    • tubal22 - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:56 AM

      Witness only has 1 t.

      • hnirobert3 - Mar 7, 2011 at 7:48 AM

        So does witless.

  6. tubal22 - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    I think it’s hilarious that the Heat are losing. I hate them.

    But it seems like there are a lot of doomsdayers. The heat are still 43-20. Still one of the top teams in the east. Not many people expected them to win a championship this year. Everyone was laughing when they started out .500. But then they went 21-1 over the next 22 games,

    I don’t think it’s the end of the world for them.

    • savocabol1 - Mar 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      “not many people expected them to win a championship this year”

      ahhh what planet have you been living on. According to the ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, and numerous commentators/reporters the Heat were supposed to break Chicago’s record for wins and sweep away the playoffs for an easy championship……

      • davidly - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        Hyperbole aside, tubal22 is closer to the truth than you. Only one ex-coach said they were gonna break the 72 game record and he was roundly lambasted for it. The general consensus has been that they would contend, but not win for a couple of years.

  7. rodge1 - Mar 7, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    digitalpoo says :
    Nope… sorry, if it’s coming from the Heat – it makes them a b!tch

    Guess that makes you a digital b!tch…

  8. ibchuck33 - Mar 7, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    They’re kinda, sorta a mess now. But a top 3 team in the east kinda mess. Whether it’s with their current coach or another, this team will get it together eventually. Be it this year or the next. I hate the Heat, but in their defense, championship rings aren’t given out in March.

  9. hnirobert3 - Mar 7, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    Heat roster and thoughts on who was crying:

    Wade – MAYBE, dude’s emotional
    LeBron – absolutely not, he was probably getting ready for a party
    Bosh – probably not, he seems more cerebral than anything
    Bibby – possible, he had a chance to go to the Celts
    Chalmers – completely clueless, happy he had a good game
    Z – NO WAY, dude is Eastern European, he is completely emotionless
    Magloire – was he even there?
    Juwan – dude was in the Fab Five, I highly doubt he was crying. If he was, he’s got to revoke his membership
    Joel Anthony – strong possibility, he’s gone from starter to 12th man
    Mike Miller – maybe, he’s got concussion problems so you never know, dementia could be setting in
    James Jones – definite possibility, I like him but he seems like too much of a nice guy
    Eddie House – dude’s too “gangster” to be crying

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 7, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      Forgot Dampier, who if he didn’t cry after Shaq nicknamed him Erica wasn’t going to be crying after a regular season loss.

    • andyhr17 - Mar 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      Haha. Seriously? The cerebral Chris Bosh? I’d say 100% he was sobbing at his locker.

      • hnirobert3 - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        I don’t think so. Bosh hasn’t seem very emotional, one way or the other, in all the interviews and press conferences I’ve seen. Dude actually has a good head on his shoulders and seems to have better perspective than most people give him credit for.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 7, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      winner of the best comment. hilarious.

  10. genericcommenter - Mar 7, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Larry Bird cried. Jesus wept. Adam Morrison bawled. Oh, nevermind.

    • savocabol1 - Mar 7, 2011 at 9:14 AM

      Please tell me you are not comparing someone on the heat to Jesus?

      • genericcommenter - Mar 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM

        No I didn’t. Just as I didn’t compare them to Adam Morrison, for the most part. I keep forgetting this isn’t Football or Hardball talk or other sports blogs where people “get” comments like that. For whatever reason this place is a little different. I get it. I also don’t normally find people on blogs who get offended over Jesus, but that’s another subject.

      • genericcommenter - Mar 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

        Based on the feedback to my comment, people don’t think Larry Bird was good or aren’t aware of the 80s? I don’t get it. My point was there are winners who cry, and the heat have a long way to go to be winners. I’d rather be Larry, Magic, or Michael than Lebron any day.

        And it’s weird when you have to explain obvious comments, but I mentioned winners who cry, and then threw in Adam Morrison to say, well nevermind- it’s not just the winners, obviously. The Jesus Wept thing was just a throw-in and something I thought of because of a tradition part of my family had when i was a kid.

      • tubal22 - Mar 7, 2011 at 9:42 PM

        I don’t think it’s that people didn’t get your comment, or that they were offended by your comparisons. I think it’s just that your comment wasn’t funny or obvious and it kind of sucked.

        I frequent PFT and PHT too, and I’ve never seen anyone be so offended by the negative reaction, or have to come back and defend themselves.

        It’s a comment board on a low volume blog. Don’t get all butt hurt.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 8, 2011 at 8:08 AM

        for what it’s worth, it was a good comment. nobody expects you to “walk on water” with each comment. hehe…sorry, had to throw that in there.

  11. omniusprime - Mar 7, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Crying in the Heatstroke locker room after a tough loss shows what crybaby spoiled brats Queen James, Dipstick Wade and SissyChris Bosh are. They think that just because the dimwitted media pundits declared them champs before the season ever started that they should win every game because every other team is in awe of them.

    Sorry Kurt but this isn’t about being invested, this is about a bunch of spoiled prima donnas who can’t stand the pressure and who cry whenever they don’t get their way. We certainly didn’t see the Lakers cry when they lost 4 in a row, that’s why they’ll Threepeat while the Crybaby Heatstroke watch on tv this June.

    Ofcourse SpoiledSport Spoelstra should have kept his ignorant mouth shut about what went on in the locker room after the game but still the South Beach Crybabies should not have cried like little babies afterwards, they should have kicked themselves in the behind and vowed to work harder next game.

    Real Champions don’t cry until after they win the championship, and then tears of joy are most acceptable. Only Chumps like the South Beach Crybabies cry during the regular season after losing and that’s why they’ll be watching the true champion Lakers wait until they win to cry their tears of joy after getting their Threepeat this June. Kobe is the real man of the NBA!

  12. drewsherline - Mar 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    LeBron just isn’t clutch. He’s not THE man that you can count on. After choking and even folding last year in the playoff he quit Cleveland and moved to Miami hoping Wade would get it done. But even Wade isn’t that “Kobe” type of player. They’re entertaining, but none of them have the knife in your heart, killer instinct that the true great ones have…Kobe, Michael, Magic, Bird, etc…

  13. jrmcool20 - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    forget it ok the heat are doomed they are going no where and that coach the heat has ,,, he sucks i never liked him from the get go he cant handle them guys like a jackson or doc , or carl ,, etc,,, hes not a very good coach also james sucks too hes no clutch player all the shoots he had at the end of the last 3 – 4 games and with that colapse the other nite up 25 pts and with 8 mins left in game they blew it ???well james blew it ,, take the ball out of james hands at the end of a game like that ,, the coach its all on the coach james is no magic , jordan or bird ,, those guys was CLUTCH PLAYERS !!!! these guys these days most are trying to be what they are really not pretenders !!! in my books james is at the top of the list !!! yeah he can play but thats it he can score again he is NO CLUTCH PLAYER never will be !!!!!

  14. taipan70 - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Nothing but love for Spoelstra commenting that some folks on the team were emotional. He didn’t mention any names. If I was a Heat fan id respect the fact that some were giving it their all. Helin’s reaching trying to find fault in Spoelstra and equating the game to a meaningless reg season game. Coming into the game they were in a losing streak and the media on their ass losing to to tier teams. This was a statement game and they failed. There had to emotional letdown. Helin, your writing has been a little suspect lately. BTW, my bet, the one tearing was Miller. Dude look awful playing down the stretch.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      when i saw the Spo interview on the TV, the thing that stood out the most? the crying comment! Can’t bash Helin for following up on the biggest part of the interview. It’s a good article and Helin makes a great point. nobody was reaching as Spo gave the media a juicy nugget to chew on. Its Helin’s job to write these articles and he nailed it.
      I love the NBA and i love the drama and storylines. keep it coming!

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