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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. delusionalcardsfan - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    These dudes sound like the stormed Omaha Beach! Get over yourselves and play guys, y’all can’t stay together forever.

  2. gmsingh - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Kurt, it’s one thing for you to be a shill for the NBA/Heat, but to support out and out lying like this is beyond the pale. Could there be any way that is based in reality that LeBron could have asked for more scrutiny on himself when he had a two hour TV show to announce what team he was signing with, or running at the mouth about winning multiple championships? To whine and say they Heat are suddenly under “pressure” or “scrutiny” makes LeBron look like even more of a gigantic turd than he already he is. Make no mistake, he is the best player in the league, and one of the best ever. And yet, in terms of being a competitor, and dealing with “pressure” like it was an energy boost, he will never, ever, ever, ever be able to carry Michael Jordan’s jock strap.

    • cantonbound13 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Michael would average 50 a game in today’s sissified NBA

      • gmsingh - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        Agreed. Kobe plays close to his intensity level but he’ll never quite be there.

  3. wgray981 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Meh I disagree. Every other story is about the Lakers this year.

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