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Heat’s Spoelstra regrets saying players were crying

Mar 24, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

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In a sign that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is still has a ways to go in being media savvy, he didn’t regret saying that there were players in tears in the locker room after a loss to Chicago the second he said it.

But he has come to regret saying it.

Spoelstra was on the Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz on 790 The Ticket in Miami (via Sports Radio Interviews) and was asked if he’d like that one back.

I wouldn’t have said it [the players were crying after the Chicago Bulls lose]. I mean the players…we don’t have a problem with it because everybody has been in a situation where their words have been taken out of context. In a strange way we’ve all been through this together and everybody in something where they have tried to say something to the team that has been taken out of context and it strengthened us. I brought it up to the team the next day and there wasn’t any broken trust. You know you’re in front of the media three times a day eventually something you’re going to say is probably not going to have the meaning you would have expected. I wouldn’t have said it if I had a do over just so I would eliminate one more distraction, but my point about it was the guys do care. I think it is great that we have some incredible, incredibly competitive, self-willed guys in this locker room, but this means a lot more to them, their profession.”

Um, to be clear, your words were not taken out of context. Here’s the video. You said there were players in tears in the locker room. There were players in tears in the locker room.

Now, did some people take something you said almost as an aside to mean something other than you intended? You bet. You tried to show that your players cared and were passionate, some people tried to spin this as the Heat were soft. Those people are wrong and you are right — I’d rather have a team crying and upset after a loss rather than joking and dancing around. But the words were in context. You just need not to say them.

Now, let’s just forget this silliness and move on to important things like how LeBron’s NCAA bracket is doing.

  1. thestudiokida - Mar 24, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Yeah sometimes I wonder if people know what “context” means. The only proper way of interpreting what people say is to literally take the words for what they are. He said people are crying and so people must have been crying.

    Spoelstra has used the context defense several times since making that comment but he hasn’t defined exactly what context he intended to convey…. just that we’re all wrong for taking it that way.

  2. goforthanddie - Mar 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Is anyone still talking about this? Well, they are now. Good job Coach Mo(ron).

  3. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 24, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    when Riles fires him, he will cry and need someone to hold.

  4. thetooloftools - Mar 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Yea.. he hated (or is it Heated) saying it because the truth hurts.
    Michael Jordan cried in a locker room too… holding the NBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY !!!!
    What have these clowns done after dancing in smoke and running smack?
    They cry in the locker room and laugh all the way to the bank.
    How’s that “talent” thing working out Miami.
    Your going to cry harder when your dumped in the first round of the playoffs.

  5. philtration - Mar 24, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Wade has to be kicking himself in the ass for not going home to Chicago.

    • ibleedaquaorange - Mar 25, 2011 at 6:46 AM

      …because his team is a whole 2-3 games behind the Bulls?

      • andyhr17 - Mar 25, 2011 at 9:45 AM

        More like because the Bulls are built for a long playoff run, while the Heat are built for racking up wins in the regular season.

      • ibleedaquaorange - Mar 25, 2011 at 10:06 AM

        “More like because the Bulls are built for a long playoff run, while the Heat are built for racking up wins in the regular season.”

        So, uh… you got anything other than an opinion?

  6. fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 25, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    The Heat will spend the next 5 years compiling one of the best regular season records and then getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first or second round.

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