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LeBron ignores Reggie Miller’s comments on learning to win

May 3, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Miami Heat forward James shoots over New York Knicks defenders Chandler, Smith and Anthony in the second quarter of Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

There’s no way for LeBron to win — other than to actually win — so he made the smart move in not bashing a Hall of Famer.

Here’s what happened: TNT analyst Reggie Miller was working the Heat’s Game 2 game when the topic of LeBron James in the offseason came up. After the Heat fell to the Mavericks last year, LeBron reached out to Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Isiah Thomas to pick their brains about what it takes to win a ring.

Miller thought that foolish. Here is what he said, as transcribed by the Sporting News.

“This is one of the most physically gifted guys in our league,” Miller said on TNT. “He left Cleveland, and he had every right to join one of the top five players in the league in Dwyane Wade along with Chris Bosh.

“Now he’s reaching out to Hall of Famers to see what it takes to win? Enough is enough. Go out and actually do it on your own. What do you need more help for?”

When asked to comment on this, LeBron declined.

I will avoid the easy point about LeBron not needing to reach out to Miller about what it takes to win a title. Well, almost avoid.

But this is the no-win situation LeBron has put himself in (and his detractors have put him in). He reaches out to former champs and asks how to win, and he gets people like Miller saying, “Why do you need to do that?” If he hadn’t somebody else would have stepped in and said, “Why didn’t he reach out to former champions and try to learn from them?”

He can’t win.

At least he can’t until he wins a ring. Then these questions will stop.

  1. detroitcityryda - May 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I agree with Reggie as much as i hated him as a postons fan he had heart and when on court he played like his life depended on it .same goes for the greats mj,bird,thomas,Kobe ,even wade .lebron is a softie he just doesn’t have the heart all the greats had ,when you watch him it’s like his so afraid of being that guy and wants to be liked so hard by all the players he jokes and tries to be cool with opposing players when the game is close .you will never see Kobe like that ,his in his game and he doesn’t see or hear you (ask Chris rock ).Its sad because lebron is one of the most gifted players ever but god gave him a weak heart that makes him no better than Kwame brown when it comes to being the leader and a clutch player.

    • 808raiderinparadise - May 3, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      REGGIE MILLER NEVER WON A RING.

      For him to speak on LeBron talking to legends is laughable. No bias either way BUT there are many other great players that won’t win rings that seemingly could care less:

      Carmelo Anthony
      Amare Stoudemire
      Deron Williams
      Dwight Howard

      So talking to legends is a bad thing … wow.

      Guys above all complained themselves outta town/contract just for $$$ they don’t even speak of championship desires.

  2. jimmymarlinsfan - May 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Chitownmatt strikes me as someone who is extremely bitter that A. The bulls will never be more than regular season title B. that drose is hurt and further more cements their legacy as regular season champs and C. Doesn’t like Lebron because he gets a lot of attention for being an Oscar Robertson clone when Matt thinks he should be jordon

    Matt, if it’s any consolation, Lebron probably won’t run a team into the ground after his playing career is over

    • chitownmatt - May 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      How bitter will you be after OKL squashes the Heat in the finals???

      • noname728 - May 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Bout as bitter as you will be when Bulls dont even get to the second round.

  3. joeksnuffy - May 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Lebron tried winning on his own and couldn’t do it. Now, he doesn’t need to ask a former champion how to win. He has one for a teammate. When going got tough last year, he deferred to Wade. If they win it this year, and he shrivels in crunch time again, it will be seen as Wade’s championship.

    • princekeem78 - May 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Nobody has won it alone. MJ had pippen. SHAQ had kobe. Kobe had paul. Who did lebron have? Yall are trying to make this guy do what no other champ as done. He has his sidekick Dwade now and that =champ.

      • CaJonMcChicken - May 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM

        LBJ went to Wade’s team so that makes LBJ the sidekick.

      • buffalowned - May 3, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        no mvp is a sidekick

      • princekeem78 - May 4, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        MJ did. His man is pippen. Hall of famer, top 50 all time player. MJ won mvp.

  4. omniusprime - May 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Who cares about Queen James, the most over rated sports clown ever? I’m sorry but Queen James just isn’t championship material. And Ventre goes brain dead trying to assert that Queen James is the sentimental favorite to win a title, sorry dimwitted Ventre that would be Kobe Bryant who people want to se win his 6th ring. Go Kobe!!! Go Lakers!!!!

    • princekeem78 - May 3, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      GO kOBE THE LUCKEST CHAMPION EVER. IF HE WENT TO CHAR LIKE HE WAS DRAFTED TO GO. SO KOBE NEVER TALK TO THE GREATS. REALLY HE DID BUT THEY WERE IN THE LOCKER ROOM. MAGIC, KAREEM ALL ON SPEED DIAL. THREE RINGS HE WAS A SIDEKICK. ONE OF LAST ONE WAS GIFT. SO HE ONLY HAS 2 RINGS!!!!!!!!! STOP THE MJ COMPARISON.MJ WAS NEVER A SIDEKICK.

  5. rosesacl - May 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Lebron is a throwback… to an old school style of basketball which endears him to the NBA aristocracy…. but he doesn’t have any charisma… no funk… no edge… just a baller developed in a test tube…

  6. lakerluver - May 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    @mannyfresh, did you really say LBJ might possibly be the most dominant player ever?!! Dude, that’s the dumbest chit I’ve heard in awhile. Did you ever see Shaq in his prime and how he simply manhandled 7 footers like they were children? Tell you what, YouTube Shaq v. Mutumbo in the Finals. Mutumbo was the best defensive center in the league at the time and Shaq abused him. And I won’t even mention the dominance of Wilt because I never saw him play. But I’m sure those who did would also say he was more dominant than LBJ. Now if you had said most physically gifted I might have agreed with you.

    • cassmoney - May 4, 2012 at 5:04 AM

      What about Hakeem the Dream!? Him over Shaq anyday

    • jimeejohnson - May 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Chamberlain was more gifted physically than LBJ. I am old enough to have seen Wilt the Stilt many times, and have also seen LeBron. Given a choice, I take Chamberlain. If you never saw Wilt you never saw the most dominant player ever. Shaq couldn’t even hold Wilt’s jockstrap!

  7. abchome - May 4, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Lebron knows how to win…in the regular season…

    • progress2011 - May 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Yeah, that only makes him the MVP of the league, for the 3rd time.

  8. jimeejohnson - May 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Some guys are remembered for their individual achievements, others as champions. LeBron MUST win a championship to be considered a winner. He’s got a great chance this season, but it won’t be easy after their impending sweep of the overmatched Knicks.

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