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LeBron James is a little unsure of whether the pressure is getting to him

Jun 11, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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Let’s get right down to it, shall we? The Miami Herald asked LeBron James if the pressure was “getting to him” whatever that means. His answer was clear, decisive, forceful. And by that I mean it was none of those things:

“No, I don’t think so,” James said.

Self-correction.

“I don’t believe so,” James said.

One more try.

“I know I’m not,” James said.

via Miami Heat’s LeBron James doesn’t think pressure is getting to him – Miami Heat – MiamiHerald.com.

Whoops.

The question of how mentally tough LeBron is had been settled, we thought. After all, let’s make this clear as can be, without James, the Heat are not here. They’re wondering how the Celtics beat them six times out of eight. Or they’re wondering how the Chicago Bulls rendered them irrelevant. It was James’ play that got them to this point. But all that confidence has been washed away amid a sea of missed jumpers and what looks like passive play. (It’s passive play, all right. He’s passing out of double and triple-teams. The horror!)

James has always been held to the most ridiculous standards possible, in part because of his talent, in part because of his attitude, in part because that’s how our society works. But in not giving forthright answers to these questions, it seems more and more like he’s coming apart. His coach told him to take some time away from basketball. He started watching film at 3AM. He said he needed to be more aggressive. He stopped playing inside in the fourth quarter. He said he needed to step up. He didn’t.

What are we going to do to him as a media, as a league fanbase,  as a NBA watching public if he fails, not just fails, but fails like this on the biggest stage after being up 2-1? We’ll find out if the Heat can’t win the next two games.

  1. purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    The pressure may not be getting to Le Bum yet, but the stress of the whole world finding out that Rashard Lewis has been making whoopee with his finance behind his back sure appears to be! One thing that I’ve always said about Lewis: “He’s a banger”!!! (bwahahahahaha!).

    I’m going to send Le Bum a telegram just before game time tomorrow. It’s going to read: “Good luck tonight, but while you’re on the court do you really know where Rashard Lewis will be tonight?”

    • B psycho - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      Rashard Lewis? Where’d you hear that?

      Serious question, I haven’t heard anything about that.

      • Kurt Helin - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:45 PM

        That rumor — which is total BS — has been out there for a while, just not repeated by anybody reputable. Lewis called LeBron and they talked about it this week. It isn’t real, it isn’t a story.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

        Kurt,
        What are your sources for calling in BS? Are you speculating about the speculation?

      • purdueman - Jun 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

        The story that Le Bums fiance has been pulling train with Rashard Lewis as the conductor broke on a Houston sports talk radio station, 97.9 The Box. You know the old adage? Where there’s smoke, there’s fire?

        What a golden opportunity for Rashard to get an endorsement for KY Jelly!!! (bwahahahahaha!).

  2. purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Too bad tomorrow nights game isn’t in Dallas, as if it were and I were Mark Cuban, I’d distribute life sized Rashard Lewis cardboard masks to everyone sitting behind both baskets and have them hold them up to their faces and wave everytime that Le Bum comes to the line to take a free throw!

    • rhetoric1 - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      classy. now we’re heading into ad hominem attacks.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      Too funny, this would be great. Do you think they’d fine in that situation?

      • purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        Certainly. I’m sure that an irate Stern would slap a half million dollar fine on Mark Cuban and he’d be laughing the entire time that he writes the check out too!

      • denverhoopdreams - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

        In fact, Stern is probably already writing the fine out after reading our comments.

  3. geraldthecat - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    LaBron and Dwyane in the 1st 1/4; LaGone and Dewhine in the 4th 1/4 . The pressure is eating them up.

    • purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      I think that the main reason that Le Bum is so universally despised is all due to his case of “Premature Adulation”. How can he and his groupies profess himself to be “King” when he’s never won anything since hi skool?

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      LaGone with Dwind?

  4. clefan12 - Jun 11, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Somehow other superstars are able to overcome double teams but with Lebron its apparently too much to ask of him. It never stopped Wade in years past.

    It’s just soooooo wrong of fans to expect more than an average of 2.2 point in the 4th quarter from a guy with “chosen one” inked on him.

  5. Marcelo Shaw - Jun 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Man, you do really like LeBron.

  6. silkyjohnson937 - Jun 11, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    I just wonder if the heat lose the series will wade feel the same or say the same things about lebron that he said about dirk when the heat beat the mavs in the finals last time. I remember hearing wade say that dirk let the mavs down he disappeared on the big stage and all that well to me it appears lebron is doing the same to the heat. Its also kind of funny because when lebron was on the cavs it seemed as if he wanted to blame everyone but lebron, lets blame mike brown and the other players around him instead of playing good when your team needs you the most. I just see alot of irony here and i find it really entertaining, I can see the heat being a team that will be in the mix for nba titles for some years but how funny/ironic would it be if they lose to the mavs this year and mike brown and the lakers beat the heat in the finals next year??? Another quick note lets not ever compare ANY nba player to Jordan at least until that player has retired im tired of people comparing lbj to mj when mj never disappeared in ANY 4th quarter of ANY nba finals game EVER! Long live MJ and eff pippen for sucking off lebron just bcuz the heat beat the bulls!

  7. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    If there had been a point in the last 8 years when the B-ball media and ESPN in particular had not mentioned his name for at least a month straight than MAYBE there wouldnt be as much schadenfrude directed at him. We as fans have been told since day one that he is the living emobiment of everything B-ball is. They were calling him “king” James even before he was drafted. And i dont buy into the fact that he hasnt compared himself to MJ. He made a HUGE deal out of wearing #23 when he started with the Cavs and an even bigger deal when he changed it. I dont know the guy personally, so i cant be a judge of him on that level. However, as a media creation he comes off as an egomaniac that believes he is entitled. One last thing, one of many reasons why guys like Bird, Magic, MJ, even Kobe are loved is that they were/are telegenic in their media appearances. James is a horrible actor and his commercials are brutal to watch. His press conferences can be just as bad. Being the “greatest ever” involves more than just winning. I have no doubt that James will win a ring (hell, he could very easily win one this year), but just winning a ring will not erase all the other things that people dont like about his public life.

    • hoopsmccann - Jun 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      “Bird” was telegenic? He looks like a turkey vulture with blonde hair!

  8. goforthanddie - Jun 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    “No, I don’t think so,” James said.

    Self-correction.

    “I don’t believe so,” James said.

    One more try.

    “I know I’m not,” James said.

    Sounds like Fry on “Futurama”.

    • purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      If James had any brains, he’d stop listening to his big “posse” and get rid of all of those blood suckers except for a necessary security guard or two (he’s too rich and too big of a target not to keep them). In addition, he should learn to keep his mouth shut and do all his talking with his playing.

      The only thing James is the “King” of is the throne is his bathroom at home! … or maybe not. you know, one of these days he might just open that bathroom door and find that Rasheed Lewis has ascended his throne, sitting there ogling one of his X rated magazines with one hand on the centerfold and the other on his johnson!!!

  9. thetooloftools - Jun 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Akron Ghetto Punks don’t admit to nuttin’. Only make excuses when they can’t get the job done.

    • mytthor - Jun 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      OK, I don’t want to be that guy, but there’s no way around this being racist. If you don’t like him, whatever. But there’s nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about his behavior that suggests “ghetto.” If anything it reads more like the stereotypical behavior of a spoiled rich kid. If a black guy cuts you off while driving, it’s not because he’s ghetto. If your black stock broker sinks your money into some risky stocks and loses it, he’s not ghetto.

      Now if a shirtless black dude with a red bandana and a pit bull comes up and carjacks you with his gun held sideways, well, it’s still not because he’s ghetto. It’s because he’s a sociopath. But at least it would fit the stereotype.

  10. thesaint23 - Jun 11, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    1st it was the rumor which alleged that delonte west was tagging lebum’s mother and now it’s that lewis is allegely bagging lebum’s girlfriend – in way one has to feel sorry for the poor devil but do not have people use them as excuses for the choking in last years conference finals and this year’s finals.

    it’s plain and simple lebum is no kobe and he will never be jordan – heck the poor devil is only slightly a step above the “the custodian” when it comes to performance in big games. the only reason lebum is slightly a step of above is because he plays more minutes.

    somewhere in the u.s.a – coach brown, delonte west, dan gilbert, and his ex-cavs team mates must be smiling at lebum’s continued success in the finals (lol, lol).

    maybe after the finals are over jesse or al can call a meeting in which lebum, his mother, delonte, his girlfriend and lewis can all sit down to find a peaceful resolution.

    Old George W. Bush would never allow a team mate to sleep with his mother and he sure as heck would not take kindly to anyone messing around with his wife.

    God Bless George W. Bush

  11. nfl25 - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    i really think people need to tone it down on lebron. i feel like some people want him dead. trust me i cant stand to watch the way the heat play and lebron is a huge part of that. i really think he feels stupid cuz of the desicion and the modeling show they put on when the big 3 signed. i think the way he did cleveland was wrong, im fine wit him leaving but the way he did wasnt right. but i think its time to let it go

    so i got no personal problem with him. but i cant stand that whole team. its hard to respect them. joel anthony and the white dude that shotts 3′s are cool. but the rest of the team along wit the coach are unwatchabel. even j howard annoys me.

    if they stopped whining, i could let the other stuff go. but getting a dream together and whining like b!tche$ all game is too much to wathc. u got great players, just man up and play ball

  12. jollyjoker2 - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Lebron is a good player, but he is not a superstar or the best of all time as some folks would say. The difference is that when MJ, bird, Majic, kobe, would play in the last 10 minutes of the games…. they would just dominate by having the ball in their hands and get their shots taken no matter what. They would not be passing it to the “open man” all the time because they knew how to take the will out of their opponent and knew that some of their teamates would choke even with an open shot. While a good team concept at the socialist level to share the ball, thats not how you win championships in the nba. Until he learns how to play, he may never win it all.

    • mytthor - Jun 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      Two of the biggest moments in Jordan’s career were John Paxson’s 3 and Steve Kerr’s free throw jumper.

      Two of Kobe’s are Artest’s 3 and the oop to Shaq.

      “Bird steals the ball — underneath to DJ; SCORE!”

      Magic (or Majic, apparently) averaged under 20 points and over 11 assists per game, NBA career leader in assists per game. He shares the single game playoff assist record with 24, holds the record for a finals game with 21, and has more playoff assists than anyone ever. But I’m sure those all came in the 1st 3 quarters.

  13. diablito0402 - Jun 12, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Damm lewis called lebrick, u have great resourses or know lebrick personally, i listen to the sports radio and tv and aint heard nothing about a call. As far as james, hes just like pippen, exactly like pippen, just born to be a robin to someones batman. Period.

    • purdueman - Jun 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

      Le Bum is now a flopper, but at least he’s not a whiner like Pippen has always been. I agree totally though with your assessment; Le Bums is the most physically gifted basketball player since Dr. J., but in order to optimize his talent he really needs to be a #2 to a mature, strong #1 and Wade has shown that he’s little more than a loud mouthed immature punk who’s greaser Riley’s stooge.

  14. purdueman - Jun 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Separated at birth: Barbara Bush and George Washington.

    Barbara:
    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.celebritygossip.com/public/celebrity_pictures/barbara_bush_1140_5.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.celebritygossip.com/celebrities/barbara-bush/&h=600&w=480&sz=202&tbnid=To2RwYQQEJhKxM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=78&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dphoto%2Bof%2Bbarbara%2Bbush%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=photo+of+barbara+bush&hl=en&usg=__Z-Kc78FQjKWik54Ek5puy53dOdE=&sa=X&ei=jr_0TaT-MYXWtQPGqqjPCw&ved=0CDsQ9QEwCg&dur=71

    George:
    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Gilbert_Stuart_Williamstown_Portrait_of_George_Washington.jpg&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gilbert_Stuart_Willia

  15. decimusprime - Jun 12, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    @purdueman…. Please for the love of god, STOP POSTING about this affair you yourself only heard about, i cant read one of your posts without my mind thinking “ok where is the R.L. is doing something to Lebron’s girl?” i mean seriously you have to have some kind of record for “Most consecutive posts regurgitating a one-liner with no factual evidence.” My guess is this happened to you at some point and your getting some self-serving revenge on someone whom you don’t even know. L.I.G man please let it go….

    • purdueman - Jun 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      Nope; never happened to me because I come from a far more morally grounded middle class, middle America background (as have my past loves in my life). It’s called monogamy.

      The reason for my multiple posts on this is not because I believe it or care one way or the other, but to do my part in raising the awareness level in the hopes that if the buzz gets strong enough, it will mess with Le Bum’s head tonight and help to get him to check out of tonight’s game. That’s it!

      Mavs win tonight this story becomes tomorrows fish wrap and I hope that happens.

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