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Quote of the day: Wow, LeBron just does not get it

Jun 6, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

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“We played good enough to give ourselves a chance to win. That’s all you can ask for.”

LeBron James, following the Heat’s Game 5 loss to Boston. Via Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

That pretty much sums up the mental difference in this series — Kevin Garnett or Rajon Rondo or no other Celtic would ever say that. Because it’s not all you can ask for, it’s not all LeBron or Miami should ask for. Winning is all you can ask for. Execution at the end of games rather than standing on the perimeter as a decoy is another thing we can ask for.

As Wojnarowski notes in his article there still seems to be a sense around the Heat that they thought this would be easier, that their adversities would melt away and they could claim their rings. That’s not how it works. You have to become better, you have to reach new levels, you have to strive to overcome to reach your goals. Obstacles do not melt away. You have to overcome them.

You have to think that giving yourself a chance to win is not all you can ask for.

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  1. cranespy - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    This just longer referred to as the King….Lebron James has walked away from the NBA to attempt to repair his public image by touring the world with a like minded troupe of entertainers……LBJ now goes by the title “The Clown Prince of Basketball!

    • badintent - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:51 AM

      Boston ran out of gas, got gassed by LBJ and Bosh throwing 3 s on your punkass D, when Garnett can’t throw cheap shot fouls, he becomes almost useless. Like the Cs fans wearing Robin green freak clothes. They should tour with Lady Gaga’s freak show ! they can drink beer in the Red Sox clubhouse. . Next year Knicks smackdown your nursing home of a team.

  2. mistercharitystripe34 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    LeBron is the evolutionary Karl Malone. Superb talent and player for roughly 42-44 minutes, but blatantly fades in the waning moments. Whats worse is that Miami as a team has slowly developed the same attitude as their star. Boston looks far hungrier, end of story.

  3. paulhargis53 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    letangusepertplus: Nice to see another O and A fan on these boards!

  4. 20dollardinners - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Remember also that Miami is horrible from 4-12 on their depth chart. To me these series reveals how much better Boston is from 4-12. Hero ball doesn’t win championships. I think Lebron has played well all series. The game isn’t lost on a last minute play – it was lost well before that.

    I think the challenge is that this threesome doesn’t make sense. I think Lebron and Wade cancel each other out quite a bit and they lack a dominant post presence.

    When you look at the Spurs an Lakers they could always rely on their low post presence to carry them. Bosh doesn’t give them that. So they go back to long fadeaways and other low percentage shots.

    I think the coach is below average but he also has little to work with.

    • lucky5934 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      It wasn’t long ago when Boston didn’t have much of a bench nor much money to spend on one. They get mid-level players to play as a team. I doubt that Boston’s 4-12 players are that much better than Miami’s. They just play more cohesively as a unit and are coached better. Eventually we are going to have to stop blaming the lack of depth of the Heat. They finished second in the Eastern Conference, including a 7 game improvement on the Celtics on the regular season. They are capable of winning these games. They just aren’t finishing.

  5. delfi2 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I have been a Heat fan since 1988. Watched the Siekley, Grant Long, Sherman Douglas days grow into a perennial contender with Alonzo n Timmy. So, yes, I know my history.
    After ‘witnessing’ the last few years of the Heat – I can say that DWADE has turned into MR. HOLLYWOOD (agree w Noah) His days of G Union have infected him with this attitude of entitlement. I have never seen a super star become more transparent throughout games. Refusing to take the constant contact that his game was built around. smh.
    I have seen enough of this half court mess of an offense to puke for the rest of the summer. I can tell right away if ‘we’ are engaged or not. Bron n Wade plant their arses in the corner an wait around for some miracle lane to open up for them to drive it to the basket. SAD.
    Did they really have this preconcieve notion that the road to ‘ship would be easy?? Come’on now, this kind of basketball is embarrassing.

    I always suspected this team did not posses the ‘mettle’ to fulfill THEIR lofty expectations.
    All you can ask for is a chance to win? WOW. These guys seriously are just not mentally tough enough. Its sad, but bron will end up being another C. Barkley or D Coleman. Ubber talented that never realized his true potential. Writing is on the wall – now go prove me wrong.

    • avermaver - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Derrick Coleman? How many MVPs did he win? Barkley was a great player. Championships are overrated

    • tanna456 - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      One of the absolute worst posts I have EVER read by a so-called fan. Add to that the fact that you are just straight up wrong!!! What are you saying now that they are one game away from a ring. You’ll probably be first in line at the parade. I don’t think that LeBron, D. Wade, or the HEAT mind losing you as a “Fan”. What a loser POS……

  6. kinggw - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    What was he supposed to say? Do you want him to deliver a bs cliched statement that we’ve heard before. Or since you want him to be like Garnett and Rondo, maybe he should complain about the refs, because they’ve been know to do that after losses (Game 2). The bottom line is I think its amazing that LBJ said what he felt, didnt offer up excuses like other players have been known to do and according to basketball experts who were on his jock two games ago he still doesnt get it. At some point people will let LBJ do him and not hate him because he doesnt do what you think he should do or say.

    • electstat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Maybe he should just tell the truth and say that he is more about individual performance…oh wait

    • dontarguethefacts - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      @kinggw First you and Lebron should be happy that the series isn’t over, because the game2 was decided by a bad no call from the ref when dwade smacked rondo on the head on that layup. If the refs call that it’s a whole different game. They had rights to complain about the refs, and all Lebron and Dwayne do is complain and whine and try to get the refs to call bs fouls. Get the facts right bubba Lebron needs to grow up and learn HOW to talk to the media because this isn’t his first time lookin like he’s clueless.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Lol. Actually, Rondo didnt comment on the missed hit-in-the-face call after Game 2, Ray Allen did for him, but Rondo just said it is what it is. So get your facts straight.

      And, maybe if Lebron didnt guarantee 8 rings, him saying a loss at home “was all you can ask for”. He set himself for this. A humble player can get away with it, but not LBJ.

      You cant have a hour long show saying what team you are joining, join 2 other Olympic players, gurantee 8 rings and have a huge party before your 1st practice, AND THEN say “We played good enough to give ourselves a chance to win. That’s all you can ask for.”

      Sorry doesnt work that way. Hes talked a big game, he needs to back it up.

  7. gmsingh - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    That’s it–they should take back his MVP and give him the WPGETW award (We Played Good Enough to Win).

    • p1nch3dloaf - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      …or reword MVP to Most Vain Player

  8. no14mike - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Adam Morrison will have more rings than LeBron will ever have.

    • gandalf47 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      He already does/

  9. michflaguy - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Take it easy Woj…it’s just a figure of speech. If anyone is rising above in this series…even among all playoff teams…it’s LeBron James. He’s proving why he is the MVP player of the league, but unfortunately his coach is proving why HE will never be better than average. Spoelstra might as well have been sitting on my couch watching the 2nd half while the Heat melted down and gave away this game.

    • gandalf47 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      The coach can’t make the players execute on the floor. “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him dunk”.

  10. zhangocracy - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Looks like LeBron has given up on winning not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven championships… King of No Rings James needs a nickname update to Mr. November.

  11. sanclementejedi - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Court Jester James strikes again

  12. davidcl77 - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Wade has become a crybaby. He loafs down court while whining to referees.
    Lebron has ruined him. They both thought teams would crumble at the sight of them. Teams just want to kick their ass.
    “Not one, not two…….not 7” Lol! 8 championships, huh “Chosen One” (self proclaimed, that is).
    Better get started, son!!! Lol!!!

  13. furio2929 - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    dadawg77 u n I must be on the same page. I haven’t read all the books but I have heard that Lestark never one a war. We will c what happens in the next chapter my friend. Remember how many Kingdoms he promised to win!

  14. Charlie "Jumbo" Copeland - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Can Lebron overcome the pressure of his career?

  15. friarjack61 - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    One ESPN analyst said that this series was a no contest win for Miami ! Great analyst !!!!

    • gandalf47 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      If you think about it, the analyst was probably right. Looking at the stats, the matchups, the players relative ages and experience, the “motivation factor” for the Heat after blowing the Finals last year, and all other indicators (except team pride and heart) this series should have been no contest. The Heat should have dominated the aging Celtics and swept into the Finals, but, alas, Lebron and Company seem to be finding another way to avoid the destiny that was so garishly and inappropriately shoved in our faces when the Big Three united to create an “invincible trio, destined to win 5 or 7 rings, maybe even IN A ROW!.

      So, I don’t fault the analyst, I fault the Heat, predominantly Number 6, who gets the heebie jeebies when the game is on the line, time and time again. What a waste of pure talent!

      • spankygreen - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:04 AM

        I am the official spokesperson for Mr James, Mr Wade and anyone else you pathetic people feel the need to bash….I have no endorsements to protect, no role model duties for your kids, and or wife….I will not be the moral compass for you crackheads to live your life by…..

        So this is Mr James’ and Mr Wades’ response to folks who have so much to say about how I conduct business for myself and family………….F$$ck Y@@u

      • avermaver - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Heat looked weak for a lot of their games against the Pacers & Celtics, relying on unusually good performances from Lebron, Wade, or Bosh, (hardly ever in the same game) to win. The Thunder however have been consistently excellent in defeating the champions of the past three seasons and the team with the best record in the league, San Antonio. The Thunder is a loaded team that believes in themselves, I’ll be surprised if they lose this series.

  16. furio2929 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Ughhhh. Can someone remind me how many rings were promised?

  17. modogg42 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I don’t know, he seemed to get it pretty well tonight for game 6. Boston fans were so involved with the game most left early.

  18. spankygreen - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:56 AM


  19. spankygreen - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    To all haters of Le Bron…….how do you like your crow? medium or well done……hahahahahahahhaha!

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