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LeBron “very frustrated” with Heat’s rebounding woes

Jan 9, 2013, 12:26 PM EST

Miami Heat forward LeBron James rubs his jaw after being fouled during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis Reuters

Miami lost to the Pacers Tuesday night because of rebounding. Miami held Indiana to 36 percent shooting on the night but gave up 22 offensive rebounds — Indiana got a second chance on 43 percent of their missed shots.

That just a couple days after the Heat had team meeting to talk rebounding, those ended up being empty words. And it cost them a game.

LeBron James is frustrated, as reported by the Indy Star.

“It’s very frustrating, very frustrating,” the NBA’s reigning MVP said of the numbers glaring at him on the statistical sheet. “We want to defend and you know, we want to clean (the) glass, too, and we continue to get out-rebounded. It’s very frustrating.”

You know he means it when he puts three “very frustratings” into three sentences.

On the season Miami is a middle of the pack team on defensive rebounding but things have gone bad lately. In their last five games the Heat are grabbing the offensive rebound on just 18.6 percent of their missed shots, while allowing their opponents to grab the offensive rebound on 33 percent of their misses.

Miami Heat VP of all things basketball Pat Riley famously once motivated his Showtime Lakers by writing on the chalk board (that was back when chalk boards were state of the art) “rebounds = rings.”

LeBron gets it.

“That’s not going to win (a second consecutive championship),” James said.

Miami is not going to add size just to grab boards — they won an NBA title going small and can do it again. They can rebound well enough to win, but it takes a serious commitment, a team effort. Rebounding is as much about desire as size and the Heat haven’t shown it lately.

And that’s frustrating if you are LeBron.

  1. fanofthegame79 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Just wanted to point out that LeBron is having his best rebounding season of his career. So it’s not him – maybe Bosh, at close to 7′ (and the starting Heat center) should be grabbing more rebounds. I’ll be the first to tell you how important Bosh is to the offense because he can spread the floor with his shooting ability. BUT, it’s a 2-way game, and rebounding is a major factor for defense. If you grab the rebound, the other team doesn’t have the ball = best defense possible. I think the addition of Keyon Martin would have helpled, but looks like the Knicks may pick him up. Too bad…

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    And fans are frustrated with LBJ’s all of a sudden lack of killer instinct. Refusal to take games over and constant whining about a situation he set up himself. I can’t stand watching James this season, he can do so much more but doesn’t, and that’s fine to a degree, turn it on in the playoffs and nobody can say jack. But STFU LeBron, you’re wearing the ring for this year. It was James who wanted over rated and soft Bosh, the reason the Heat are not dominating is not lack of rebounding, it’s because of James worrying about others and being Magic, rather than just being the best player on the planet. Which he is.

    • paleihe - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Are you saying Lebron shouldn’t worry about setting up teammates with good passes and open looks? Don’t pass the ball the Ray Allen for an open three?

      His passing and being like Magic is part of what makes him the best player on the planet (along with his strength, speed, shooting, driving, defense, rebounding, and everything else). He’s always played that way, and he always will.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      I don’t even care for LBJ, but that whole statement was garbage. If anything, he’s worn out from the olympics plus their playoff run from last year. He’s understandably taken his foot off the gas a bit and still dominates. This isn’t about him, this is about rebounding as a team. And James is the only one on that team that rebounds so your point is completely unfounded.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Derron is that you?
        “understandably taken his foot off the gas”?

        Let me tell you an absolute fact.
        If the Heat had the best record in the NBA we wouldn’t be reading a weekly rant from James about his frustrations. And you wouldn’t read jack about lack of rebounding.

        IMO James came into this year “hell bent” on NOT winning a scoring title. “hell bent” on showing he can play a different “Magic Johnson” type of game. Which he can, it’s just that the Heat would be winning more if he played to win, rather than play to with with a particular style.

        I watch the games, I see times where the Heat are floundering and James refuses, to take the game over. It’s those times when the best player in the world needs to be the best player in the world. Be selfish, get the win.

        Jordan did it
        Kobe does it
        All the greats did it

        This year James just doesn’t seem to want to step up in those times. And that’s on him.

      • blueintown - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Regular. Season.

    • Distinguished Male - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      “Lebron sucks and could do so much more on the court and he also gets the blame for Bosh’s lack of rebounds.”
      followed by
      “Lebron is the best player on the planet.”

      Eh? So you want James to do more (he’s already having one of his best statistical seasons of his career) but then acknowledge that he’s the best? Your mindset is shared with many others, and just proves that no matter what Lebron does, it will never be enough.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        “I use quotes but completely fill in the quotations with my own garbage in an attempt to put words in other peoples mouths because I have been arguing with LeBron haters for so long this is what I have lower myself to”

        “one of hid best statistical seasons”
        I find people like you assuming, you just type garbage and figure it’s fact.

        Points lower than career avg
        FT% lower than career avg
        Assists lower than career avg
        Steals lower than career avg.

        But somehow this means one of his best because of a better shooting % and slight increase in boards.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Bosh & Wade agreed to sign with the Heat before LeBron made his decision. And James isn’t lacking any killer instinct… he absolutely obliterated Boston and the Thunder the last 7 games of the season. So STFU and go troll some blogs without intelligent readers.

  3. cantonbound13 - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    He played with a damn good rebounder in Cleveland, named Varajeao. Then again people would say it was LeBron & no one else on that team.

    • soflasfinest - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Besides Bron Varajeao and Mo were the only legit players on that squad and that’s a fact. LBJ is a beast and you know it, just admit it already. Hating is only “cool” for so long.

      • cantonbound13 - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Heat fans seem to take stated facts & call them hating. Hey whatever works for you.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        And yet the team won 50 games constantly….. because …….James would….take over games when needed. Why can’t he now? He can, he just doesn’t seem to want to, which is fine, just stop crying about the loses when you don’t.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      cantonbound13:

      Varejao is much better now than he was then. For instance, his offense was non-existent 5 years ago, but now he can do some stuff with the ball besides for just finishing plays. Also, his rebounding numbers are better now. Back then, Verajao was all energy and youth, no skill.

      But agreed, Varejao was still an excellent rebounder and relatively good defender back then. He was the only legitimate playoff starter on that team.

      Anyways I digress – how can you possibly argue this point? Cleveland went from being the team with the most wins in the NBA to being the team with the most losses in the NBA. How much clearer does it get? What other evidence do you need? Are you going to make some assinine point about Ilgauskus leaving?

  4. southsidegroovin281 - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    They/he were given the championship/mvp last year after a 66 game schedule and a by far rigged championship series. I hope their lack of a TRUE center bites them in the ARSE! And James “travels” all the way out the playoffs. He’s not a leader. He’s a follower. (Example) going to Miami and not being able to win in Cleveland.

  5. pl4tinum514 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    They wont get past Chicago this year. Especially not if D-Rose is back.

  6. lakerluver - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    The lack of size is finally going to bite the Heat on their backsides. Honestly, had James Harden not pulled an LBJ circa 2010 the Thunder probably would’ve beaten them last season.

    • aboogy123456 - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      That’s why I hate the Thunder so much. They are a really good team but they just don’t have big men who are talented enough offensively to dominate the heat down low. I think the spurs, grizzlies, and lakers would all have beaten the heat last year, but the Thunder had to play them. If the thunder come out of the west again this year and hand the heat another championship i’m going to go crazy.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      Harden had a tough series, mostly because of how aggressive the Miami D showed on the pick and roll’s that he loves. He didn’t quit. Lebron quit in 2010.

  7. deiong - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    wonder how much longer til they get daddy stern to make a rule that everyother rebound belongs to the heat no matter if they get it or not …. seems they cant do anything without daddy stern giving them everything for them.

  8. HotHotHeat - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Everyone knows the Heat are on auto-pilot until April. As long as they don’t suffer any significant injuries they will be in the ECF if not the NBA Finals.

  9. miamatt - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    The heat aren’t winning enough 50/50 battles, plain and simple. It’s not guaranteed that they can just turn it on come April, but I think there’s a good chance that they do.

    Lebron is even better this year than he was last year. Reports of Wade’s demise are greatly exaggerated- he is shooting a career high FG% and has improved week to week. Remember that a year ago the Heat started with a fast paced all out attack, eventually wore down and adjusted comes playoffs. I wouldn’t bet against them doing the same thing this year. They will cruise to a top 2 seed in any case, and staying healthy remains the regular season’s #1 priority.

  10. davidly - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    The Lakers lead the league in rebounding. Maybe they could trade 4,2 of theirs per game–which would put the two teams even at 14th in the league–for 10 of the Heat’s wins.

  11. mazblast - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    If LeBron is going to at least nominally play the 4, he has to act like a 4 and get his 6’8″ frame in there and fight for the ball. Part of Miami’s rebounding problem is that everyone on the team wants to get out on the break and make the highlights, and no one is home to get the ball to start the break. Rebounding just isn’t glamorous enough for them.

  12. bat42boy - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Poor little baby. I feel so sorry for you. Call mommy!!!

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