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Is Miami’s year a failure without a ring? Wade says yes, LeBron no

Apr 27, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James AP

Well, this plays pretty much right into the conventional wisdom.

Most of us think that the Heat are title contenders this season and anything short of winning the banner means the year is not a success.

Or man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel put just that question to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James — he was direct and asked if the year would be a “failure” without a title — and got varied responses.

“The season won’t be a failure,” James said. “You put too much work into a season to automatically call it a failure, but it would be a disappointment. This is our goal. This is what we’ve come together for. A failure is a strong word. We commit ourselves and we dedicate our season, we work hard every day and to automatically say it’s a failure, I think that’s a big word. But I think it’d be a disappointment, because that’s what you work hard for every day.”

“I say yes,” (Wade) said. “There’s only one champion. It’s a failure for every other team. If you don’t win a championship, you had a failed year.”

This pretty much plays right into the stereotypes about these guys. What you think of their comments speaks to what you think of them.

Thing is, it is the role players around them that will determine if this season is a success or failure for the Heat. LeBron and Wade both are most effective when they can slash into the paint and create — those lanes will close up if Mike Miller, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier and the rest do not make teams pay for that by knocking down threes. If those role players force teams to space the floor, the Heat are hard to stop offensively. But if they miss and teams can pack the paint, the Heat can be beat.

  1. gmsingh - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM


  2. gpatrick15 - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Wade has the right mindset. Every competitor looks at loss as failure. I’m not saying that LeBron isn’t a competitor, but he seems so afraid of failure that he steers clear of the word. Failure is not a big, strong word. If any team comes into the season with legitimate championship aspirations, anything less is a failure. That goes for every contender, even the surprise ones like Memphis. Ask Kobe, Durant, both Gasol’s, Rose, pretty much anyone in the playoff’s this year and they’ll likely give a similar reply as Wade. If you can win a championship and you fall short, you have failed. That feeling of failure should resonate within the entire Miami Heat organization, as they got embarrased last year. Yet, LeBron might not think they failed last year either.

  3. suhnum1fan - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    same ole LeFraud Games

  4. csbox1 - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    goes to show you that lbj doesnt have the heart to be a champion. champions down run from failure, they face it head on and overcome it. champions dont pass the ball to ill prepared teammates in order to avoid the blame of losing…Lebron

  5. tampajoey - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Lebron embracing the role of a loser.

  6. gpatrick15 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    It’s like a presidential candidate not deeming his campaign a failure if they fail to get nominated and/or win the election.

  7. lmvs2012 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    U two suckazz! Ain’t getting a ring! Stop dreaming!

  8. kxlllxst - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Dam Lebron, I thought y’all were gonna win seven championships? Ha what a coward, couldn’t handle the pressure of putting NY back on map — shame too, woulda been the best thing for his global brand, except he’d have cracked under pressure and then cracked even more when the NY media called him out for choking

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Basically. That’s why I’m glad he didn’t come here.

      • kxlllxst - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Exactly. It’s why I really want it to work with Amare — he was only FA brave enough to take on the challenge — and before haters even try to say anything, remember that he would have gotten that same contract from a lot of other teams — can’t wait until the knicks have an entire yr with the same roster on the floor under the same gameplan

    • heat256 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Also because no one with half a brain cell wanted to give Amare $100 million when his injury history grows longer than Dolan’s list of questionable moves.

      • kxlllxst - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:48 AM

        sixers and magic both wanted him and his contract this past season. knicks turned them down. as they should have

  9. marcusfitzhugh - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    And bron bron considers himself a Yankees fan? Please. Steinbrenner said “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing”. Under George’s watch, the Yankees won 7 world series titles and 11 pennants – AND IT WAS NEVER ENOUGH. Love him or hate him, George EXPECTED to win every year and apologized to fans when his team lost. Bron Bron told the south beach fans he expected to win 8 championships. Sounds to me like he was just running his mouth. If the heat don’t win it ALL this year, do they really expect to be better next year? Last year they had an excuse – 1st year playing together. This year it’s win or shut up. Somebody needs to tell Bron Bron what time it is. This is the NBA playoffs.

    • gpatrick15 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Sadly, this Red Sox fan agrees with your Steinbrenner comments.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    This is why LeBron is an eternal LOSER. He is not going to change this mentality, either. I love how losers (LeBron stans) hitch their wagon TO this loser, but hate a proven winner in Kobe out of spite, whenever one or the other is mentioned. It’s pathetic and hilarious at the same time.

    • heat256 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Yet if he went to NY you would be slobbering all over his jock barking about how he is gonna make NY champs in your loud, grating obnoxious Noo Yawk accent. C’mon. He went where he went. Every other team’s fanbase in the NBA except the one he chose was gonna turn and say they were glad he didn’t go there, but we all know the truth.

      • somekat - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        As a Sixers fan, I can say I’d of loved him to come here, obviously. However, I would of hated it if he came here in the manner he did.

        That was Vince Young “Dream Team” X 10

      • philtration - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM

        He is a great player and anyone that says they did not want him is either retarded or a liar.
        I wanted him to sign with the Bulls but I am not mad because he went to Miami.
        The truth is that he was scared to death to play in Jordan’s shadow.

        One of the most talented players ever but he lacks heart.

  11. paintman34 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    one reason why wade is my fav player

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      your favorite player is a flopping B%$^#.

    • philtration - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      I used to like Wade but he has become a jag off and a dirty player.

  12. metalhead65 - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    wait a min. I am shocked that kurt would side with his boy and try and pin the blame on the supporting cast and not on the big 3 if the heatles do not win it all this year. sorry kurt those guys are not the ones who celebrated like they had won something win they signed and they are not the ones who predicted multiple championships are they? supporting teamates are important but you do not hear anybody talk about who helped jordan and pippen win all those trophies do you? majic and Larry had good teamates also but they would not have won anything without those guys leading them. same with the heat,if lebron wants all the glory that goes with a championship he better lead them to it or accept that he is a failure to everybody but kurt and heat fans.

  13. soopreme - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    I agree with Bron 100%.
    My only expectation is for the players to play to the best of their abilities and thats all you can ask for.
    Leave it all on the floor
    If Wade, Lebron and Bosh play to their ability then they should win the championship this year.
    Lebron didn’t play well in the finals last year and he has to answer for that this year but a couple of years ago against Orlando lebron averaged 39pts 8 rs and 8asts for the series and played his heart out and the cavs still lost so you can only do you.
    All I expect from the Heat to do this year is play up to their potential and leave it all on the court and thats all I can ask for.

  14. thenmoveback - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Haters all over the HEAT article. And how was last year a failure? Making it to the finals and losing to a better Mavs team. All these stupid fans wish they had LeBron on their team. Keep hating cuz we live it here in MIA.

  15. mikeewright7 - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Im not a Heat Fan or a Lebron hater (Celtics Fan by the way) but i think any team who are considered “contenders” rather its all 16 teams in the playoffs or top 4 from each conference,

    Anything less then a Championship is considered a failure, unless your an up in-coming team like the Pacers were last year and OKC some years back…

    This isnt Wade, Bron, and Bosh 1st-3rd year playing in the league, they been in the NBA 7+ years, they all considered to play on one team in their basketball prime, so that up in-coming title doesnt work with them.


    But like i said before, i see Lebron winning 1-3 rings before he retires no more no less…

  16. conjecture101 - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    “Thing is, it is the role players around them that will determine if this season is a success or failure for the Heat”

    To put the success of the team on the shoulders of Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem is poor journalism. They are key players, but its up to the three stars to set the tone.

  17. packhawk04 - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    I love dwade, but lebron was going to win all these championships in miami, until he found out he still had to earn it. Poor guy. Just cant get it handes to him.

  18. Gordon - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    ESPN just ran a commercial about the playoffs…”For LeBron James & the Heat, it’s title or bust.”

    More like “…it’s title, but not the end of the world I we don’t win it…I can’t lose sleep over that, I’m satisfied with my effort.”

  19. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    riiiiiiiiiiiiiight because there isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t trade for Lebron in a heartbeat given the right deal…you haters kid yourselves….the heat are going to turn it on and burn up the competition on their way to the 2nd Larry obrien in franchise history

  20. cosanostra71 - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    LeBron embodies the “everyone gets a trophy for participation” generation

  21. minnesota32 - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    I highly doubt that if the Heat do win the title people will quit hating on Lebron and win finals MVP. All the played out LeQuit LeBrick etc jokes might slow down but I have a feeling it will just shift to “well he’s not as good as kobe” or “he had Wade and Bosh.”

    • abchome - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      There’s only one way to know – win a champion (not two, not three, not four…just one).

  22. philtration - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    After having watched Bulls players like Jerry Sloane, Norm Van Lier, Chet Walker, Bob Love, Artis Gilmore, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah I wonder about guys like LeBron.
    What are you playing for other than money and attention?
    Michael Jordan would have bitch slapped LeBron in practice for his “oh well” approach to the game.
    There have been players with far less talent than LeBron James that wear a championship ring because they wanted it more than he does.

  23. asublimeday - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    That picture looks like Wade is rounding second base.

  24. asublimeday - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Yet if he went to NY you would be slobbering all over his jock barking about how he is gonna make NY champs in your loud, grating obnoxious Noo Yawk accent. C’mon. He went where he went. Every other team’s fanbase in the NBA except the one he chose was gonna turn and say they were glad he didn’t go there, but we all know the truth.

    As opposed to the Miami lisp accent? Your all-white outfits in the crowd look fabulous!

  25. drewdatwit84 - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    Straight up, if Miami doesn’t win the championship this year then its an absolute FAILURE.

    I’m a Heat fan. And if the Heat don’t win it this year, not only would I blame LeBron for costing us the Finals, I’d rip him for his “…not 5, not 6, not 7…”, and I’d want LeBron TRADED.

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