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Erik Spoelstra on “crygate:” It’s the media’s fault. Of course.

Mar 7, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT


You would think after having been on this Heat superteam treadmill for about nine months now, Erik Spoelstra would have figured out that the media coverage is pretty intense.

And that everything you say is going to be dissected for meaning (that may not be there).

And that if you say guys are crying in the locker room that is going to become a big story.

But he doesn’t, as his comments to the media Monday make clear (thanks to the Sports Grid for the video). But at least Spoelstra cleverly names it “crygate.”

“I think (the media) can probably take anything I say and turn it into a story, I was shocked when [Heat media relations man Tim Donovan] told me about it this morning that it’s actually making the news. I think you guys can be a little more creative than that.

“I will say one thing, the guys care. Nobody was whimpering in the locker room. Nobody was… guys with heads down…. I think you guys are really searching for sensationalism now.”

Spoelstra, you don’t get to throw big championship celebration type events before training camp, before the guys have ever been on the court together before, then complain about the media sensationalizing the Heat. Pot, meet kettle.

You don’t see the Lakers and Celtics complaining about all the coverage. You want to be a contender, this is part of it. Deal with it.

  1. zackd2 - Mar 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Theeeeeeee wheels on the bus are falling off, falling off, falling off.

  2. strexon - Mar 7, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Yeah. It’s not possible someone in the media overly embellished and exaggerated anything, or made anything up. The media has never been known to do that before… And how dare anyone complain about it if they did.

  3. hungrybear22 - Mar 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Rookie coach mistake, keep all issues behind closed doors, what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.

    • purdueman - Mar 7, 2011 at 7:26 PM

      Miami’s coach looks young enough to baby sit my kids, but then again he does have three spoiled brats to take care of too! Miami’s “Three Premadonna’s” just thought that they could phone in a championship this season after they all signed, but what we are witnessing now folks is a very, very soft team that would get run over like a Mack Truck if they were in the Western Conference (Boston could have run them over in the East, but I don’t think so anymore now that Perkins is gone). Now will somebody please get D-Wade his pacifier before he floods the locker-room with his crocodile tears???

  4. n2tral - Mar 7, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Good comments, but I always find it interesting how the so called “media” (a) feel they are beyond criticism and (b) tend to always want to have the last word. Then they wonder why they have a hard time getting comments from those they cover. I don’t blame Erik and others for questioning things that are taking out of contest only to lay witness to how the media feels empowered themselves as modern day juggernauts.

  5. mickdamill - Mar 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    I think a certain coach might be a little nervous about losing his job.

  6. omniusprime - Mar 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Spoiled Sport Spoelstra is exhibiting typical republican behavior, blame the media whenever you say something really stupid. Had Spoelstra just kept his arrogant ignorant mouth shut about the South Beach Crybabies childish behavior this would be a nonstory. Spoelstra only has Spoelstra to blame for CryGate, that and his collection of overpaid, overhyped, spolied brat crybabies who can’t deal with adversity. South Beach fans better get ready for even more waterworks as the Lakers come to town to avenge their Christmas Day loss.

  7. mamow74 - Mar 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    “Pot, meet kettle” isn’t really an appropriate usage of the cliche. It’s more like “kettle, you’re black” but I can understand why you wouldn’t want to say that. First time long time, keep up the good work guys!

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