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LeBron, Wade say they faced more pressure than Lakers

Jan 11, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

Miami Heat's James reacts next to his teammate Wade in a timeout against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida Reuters

This year, the Lakers are under the NBA’s media magnifying glass. They are getting the national attention, they are the assembled “super team,” they are the soap opera. And they are struggling, which keeps people looking at you far longer than winning.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade look at the Lakers and say “that’s nothing.”

The Miami Heat are maybe the one team that can relate — remember when they formed their super team they had to host training camp on a military base to get some privacy — but LeBron and Wade were not exactly sympathetic to Los Angeles, as reported by the Miami Herald. They think the Lakers are getting off easy.

“No one will ever be able to compare what we went through,” James said. “Even though they’re not winning and they’re losing a lot of games, it’s still nowhere near what we went through.

“Yeah, right. That level of magnitude was nowhere near where ours was two years ago. Nothing. Nothing compares to it.”

“Because of everything that happened in 2010 with offseason signings, it was, automatically, just a lot of negative things that was said about us,” Wade said. “[Los Angeles] didn’t go through that at the beginning. They didn’t go through anything negative about bringing those guys together, so ours started off bad and it stayed bad for a while, and then we got better.”

Well, the Lakers were smart enough not to have a pep rally.

But LeBron and Wade a lot like your curmudgeonly grandfather.

“Back when we formed a super-team we didn’t have it easy like these kids today, with their positive press and not being a national scourge. Back in our day you were hated when you formed a super team, and the hate these days is just not the same as it was when we were young.

“And get off my lawn.”

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Self-inflicted pressure isn’t comparable to the inherent pressure that comes with winning in New York and Los Angeles. Quiet, boys. You’ve been irrelevant (i.e. I don’t care enough to “hate”) all season, don’t ratchet it back up again.

    • andyhr17 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Lebron: “Hey everyone, look at me!! Why aren’t you talking about me??”

      • zerole00 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        I’m surprised LeBron would open this can of worms. Howard didn’t do LA any favors with his exit, but he didn’t host an hour long special to emphasize the disaster either.

        You can’t compare self-inflicted pressure with inherent expectations.

      • cantonbound13 - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        You’re exciting Kurt.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Miami put that pressure on themselves!
      Lakers will realize that compiling great players
      doesn’t mean you, for the second time, remember mailman, glove collection.

    • badintent - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      “The Pressure” Rated P(pressure) G(garbage).
      Wake up. have bulter place out bike clothes. Bike to work. 2 hour workout/practice.
      Bike home. private chef has lunch prepared for the yacet.
      Go for 4 hour marlin fishing, nap./massage
      Dinnner at 5 star restuarant on Ocean Blvd.
      Clubbing up in Palm Beach at Trumps’ pad.
      The Pressure must be off the charts.

  2. brutl - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Not quite, Mr.!

    The heat were going to face pressure no matter what after assembling the team they did. Self-inflicted pressure isn’t quite accurate!

    At least you have your big market to drown the noise in LA or NY or Boston. Miami doesn’t have that benefit. Their fans would rather root for the Knicks!

  3. scalfor3 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    They are right, but they also sound like a bunch of whiny little girls. Shut up and play.

  4. mrbiz8505 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Is LeBron talking about himself again?

  5. acdc363 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    “Well, the Lakers were smart enough not to have a pep rally.”

    Beautifully said! There is an obvious disparity between the professionalism of these two clubs.

  6. aboogy123456 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    These guys are so annoying and always care about what the media thinks. Like the guy above said, just shut up and play. Kobe doesn’t talk about all the pressure he’s faced throughout his career, because he knows the media is stupid and wants to focus on real basketball.

  7. herkulease - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    That’s because the Lakers didn’t hold some event proclaiming “not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4….”

    Unless I’m mistaken no one from the Lakers publicly proclaimed they’d win. Its the fans and media who expected this team to win.

  8. malcom1985 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    That’s complete nonsense. Lebron came from Cleveland where he never won anything, and Wade was coming off yet another first round exit from the playoffs. Neither of them could understand what it means to play in a market like Los Angeles. Every single move, every statement, even your body language, is placed under a microscope and scrutinized. The way you say things, or don’t say things, will become a topic of discussion. Constantly. That’s pressure. 100 million dollar payroll, and you’ve only won 15 games? That’s pressure. 4 Hall of Fame players, and every game that you lose is instantly a topic of discussion because you can’t win? That’s pressure. Miami was completely irrelevant prior to the 2010-2011 season.

  9. lastdukestreetking - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Wade has always been one of the whiniest NBA stars ever to play.

  10. fanofthegame79 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    First of all, the Heat and their infamous “prep rally” was supposed to be a Miami-only event that was to be aired by local stations. ESPN grabbed the video and ran with it… There have been A LOT of teams that have prep rallys like that – I’ve personally went to one here in Phoenix for the Coyotes. But because the Coyotes didn’t have 2-3 of the biggest names in the sport on the same team, no one heard about it outside of Phoenix. Fact, simple enough. And LeBron – despite being in Cleveland – was scrutinized more heavily than any other player in the NBA since he’s been drafted (and really, even before when he graced the over of SI when he was 16). As for this quote: were LeBron and Wade asked about this OR did they just spout off about this?? I’m betting they were asked, and they gave an honest answer (opinon). Let’s not crucify anyone that’s asked a question and then gives an honest answer… But then again, if we didn’t, what would you people do at work aside from complain about athletes and poor Kurt’s writing? =o)

    • davidly - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Are you kidding? Even without the Heat and Kurt, there’d be plenty of other teams and players and coaches and sportwriters to hate on and make disparaging homophobic remarks about. And, of course, we have each other to insult as well.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      “There have been A LOT of teams that have prep rallys like that – I’

    • thenmoveback - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      They were clearly asked this question by a reporter and gave their answer. Most ppl didnt even listen to what Lebron said during the pep rally , “if we take care of business and do it the right way we can win multiple championships”. Yeah he was getting the fans into it but he wasn’t blowing smoke, this team could possible win numerous titles if they work hard and do it right. It’s their third season together they have already won 1 and lost in the finals there first season, this year they aren’t playing their best ball but guess what, they are still in first place! Be worried when this team does get things going cuz nobody in the east can stop them in a 7 game series. To quote Yoda “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you non Heat fans. “

      • miamatt - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        lol Yoda. Foreshadowing your comment is, hmmm?

  11. southsidegroovin281 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Why does this fool always have a take on everything?? Goodness. Stfu! Pull that this a$$ headband off so it can deflate that big ego of yours. Before he was GIVEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP you couldn’t find him no where. Now he want to talk about everything under sun like people care about his opinion. Much respect to Kobe…even though I hate the lakers. The man doesn’t seek out attention nor any other superstar. LBJ is a joke. Go Rockets!

    • divan22 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Actually, Kobe demanded a trade when he couldn’t get past the 1st round without help (in 3 years of trying).

      Don’t embarrass yourself further by pretending Kobe has ever been half the player LeBron is.

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      He has a take on everything because he is being asked questions by the media. When he gives non-answers (you know, player speak) that doesn’t create headlines or talking points for all of those talking head shows on BSPN. Also, to insinuate that he was “given” a championship is moronic at best. He was front and center when training camp started last season and answered all of the questions. Also to say Kobe doesn’t seek out attention or doesn’t have a big ego is ridiculous. LBJ is a joke in your mind but has 3 MVP’s an NBA title, two gold medals and was SI’s Sportsman of the year. I’m sure you are well accomplished.
      The only thing you said in that tangent that was coherent was “GO ROCKETS” as I am a fan of Houston’s foremost sports team. Also, if you were a true Rockets fan you would know that the Rockets had a rally before the season to showcase their team and James Harden said “the reason I came here is to win the title”. Does that make him a bad person? No, it makes him confident which I’m sure all of these stars are.

      • southsidegroovin281 - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        What is moronic about what I saw last year in a poorly officiated series? Clearly swung the heat’s way. Im not making this up. And im not the only person with that conclusion. I didnt say Kobe doesnt have a ego. I wasnt born yesterday. What NBA player doesnt. I never had a problem with any pep rally. So now that I know that im talking to his publicist…ESPN can talk about him all they want. The issue is he’s always yapping about a topic that he thinks everybody wants to listen to. *I.E.* When he let his twitter thoughts be heard or any other thoughts that broadcasted. Thats all. Thanks.

      • thebigcaptain2011 - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        So the officials wanted him to win the title, huh? David Stern set that up right? Please. If you watch basketball and feel that way, then why watch at all? If there is a conspiracy and the game is dirty in your mind then go watch college. Questionable calls have always been around. It’s well documented that Jordan got calls and no-calls in his favor. He pushed up Byron Russell in the finals. You want be the official who calls that? I love Hakeem but the Dream Shake at times bordered on traveling, even at times crossing that line. So what? Still a legend. Its part of every sport. No one is at a roundtable pre determining who the champ is going to be. Take your conspiracy theories to another blog.

  12. southsidegroovin281 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Why does this fool always have a take on everything?? Goodness. Stfu! Pull that thick a$$ headband off so it can deflate that big ego of yours. Before he was GIVEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP you couldn’t find him no where. Now he want to talk about everything under sun like people care about his opinion. Much respect to Kobe…even though I hate the lakers. The man doesn’t seek out attention nor any other superstar. LBJ is a joke. Go Rockets!

  13. mungman69 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Can’t we all just get along?

  14. losanginsight - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Hopefully this helps to show the difference in menatallities that LBJ has compared to Kobe. LBJ is still feeling sorry for himself and his boy friend Wade is right behind him.

  15. explosionsauce - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I wonder if Kurt has a quota for Heat stories to write or whether he just can’t help himself.

  16. BigBeachBall - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    up hill both ways in the snow…

  17. savvybynature - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    WTH is stuck in Lebron’s nose in that pic? I’d speculate but it’s just too easy…

    • thenmoveback - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      It’s a cotton ball, Because ppl have to throw elbows to his face to stop him….and that still doesn’t stop LBJ!

    • savvybynature - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Would that be a cotton ball with or without wings?

  18. southbeachtalent - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    What LeBron should have said:

    “Why are we talking about a sub .500 team??”

    That is all.

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Yeah, that definitely wouldn’t have create headlines.

  19. fahmundamahbalsaq - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Has anyone noticed the picture with this post? LeBron’s got a rail hanging out his nose. Dude, even the worst coke heads will tell you some of the bump is still there. Only in Miami.

  20. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    The Heat have more pressure on them NOW than the Lakers have on them now. Unless the Lakers have a legitimate chance of winning the title, there’s no pressure on them at all.

    If the Heat sucked right off the bat, they’d have been considered a joke and that would have been it. But the longer the Heat stayed in contention, and the farther they went in the playoffs, the more the pressure got ratched up. It culminated in Game 6 against Boston last June. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY has ever faced the pressure (self-induced or not) LeBron faced that night. And all he did was play one of the greatest games in NBA history.

    Not that I’m bragging. I wish it wasn’t like that for the Heat. But it was.

    • miamatt - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Well said. Can we get to April already?

  21. cantonbound13 - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    What do you expect when you throw a victory party before the season begins & predict a dynasty of not1, not 2, not 3…You were dumb enough to bring that criticism on yourselves.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Ballsy enough.

      • cantonbound13 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Your comments have been as soft as Bosh spice’s game. You need to pick it up 72!

  22. miamatt - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    They are absolutely right. There was no regular season that I’ve ever seen in any sport that compares to what that group endured in 2010-2011. Whether some of it was self-inflicted or no, that was the most scrutinized, criticized, picked-apart group of all time. It has died down greatly after the championship, but that first season was unreal.

    The Lakers also entered that arena this year, but it really isn’t on the same level. Dispute it all you like, but that was a real season on the brink.

    • eagles92 - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      The Lakers play in LA a real fan base Miami was not a huge fan base until two years ago they can barely sell out games now. You’re talking about LA here where the Lakers are the gods of the NBA as Yankees are to mlb

  23. tipstopten - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Typical super star reply, no one has problem like I do or have had. If you have it so bad explain the ring on your finger.

  24. tipstopten - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    James and Wade you really have it tough, your pressure is self induced. Just play the game that you make millions from.
    Make your children legitimate

  25. philtration - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Why… the pressure was so intense that the Heat players even cried!

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      all the way to championship. How them Bulls doing?? Is Rose back or is he busy filming his 145th comeback commercial??

      Pathetic…

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