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LeBron: Heat ‘didn’t have much of a reaction at all’ to Pacers signing Andrew Bynum

Feb 2, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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NEW YORK — Andrew Bynum ended up signing with the Pacers on Saturday, after several teams reportedly had an initial interest in his services, including the defending champs.

Miami ultimately didn’t pursue Bynum, and he landed on the team that figures to be the biggest obstacle to the Heat returning to the Finals for a fourth straight season.

Before facing the Knicks on Saturday, however, the Heat didn’t seem all that concerned with Indiana’s latest roster addition.

“I don’t know what their perspective is,” Erik Spoelstra said, when I asked him for his thoughts on the signing. “We’re just focused on us right now. I’m sure out there it makes for compelling storylines. He fits their style in terms of being big and physical in the paint, but from our standpoint that doesn’t affect us.”

The part about Bynum fitting Indiana’s style is key, and likely the reason Miami passed. The Heat need active bigs who can defend on the perimeter, either in blowing up pick and rolls or simply in rotating as a part of their defensive scheme. Bynum may have been interesting on the surface, but a big like Greg Oden who’s already in place is much more well-suited to what the Heat have historically done defensively.

That may have been at least part of the reason that LeBron James similarly didn’t seem affected by the Heat’s strongest competition adding what may or may not be a player that will ultimately fortify the roster.

“We didn’t have much of a reaction at all,” James said. “We talked about it [Saturday] morning — guys said they’d seen it and that’s it. We didn’t have a conversation about it.”

  1. legend30 - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Pacers been struggling, but no one is talking about it. Teams aren’t afraid of the Pacers. They’re a really good team, but they need to stop acting like their the 90’s Bulls. They haven’t won anything.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      They’re 7-3 over their last 10. Only Oklahoma City and Memphis have done better.

      • legend30 - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Yeah, but you forgot to mention they struggled against the Kings and Nets. They had 23 turnovers against the Nets last night. If the Heat been playing like this, ESPN would lose their minds.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        They won both of those games.

      • kb2408 - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Isn’t it hilarious how legend just blatantly lies than tries to clean it up?! 7-3 is not struggling.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Well they’re 3-3 in their last 6 – several teams have done better than that over their last 6. And they should’ve lost to the 15-win Kings (4 point play shouldn’t have counted). So they could be 2-4 in their last 6. This happened in tandem with Paul George’s recent poor play – shooting 29% in his last 4 games. So unless they address certain issues they’re going to keep having these struggles.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:53 AM


    • morpheussjones - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      It’s they’re, not their.

    • metalhead65 - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      yeah they have looked real bad, win 5 lose 1 only went 2-2 on a west coast trip just awful. who has been talking on the team? all they have said all year was they wanted home court advantage how is that trash talking? what are they suppose to say yeah we hope we have to play the heat at their house again? what Lance is suppose to be happy he did not make the all star team? if that is trash talking then so be it.

      • legend30 - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        I didn’t knew having 23 turnovers was a good thing… I guess that’s how you win a championship.

      • gostlcards5 - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        They went 3-2 on the west coast trip.

    • money2long - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      im starting to hate the argument of ‘haven’t won anything’ to an extent.
      not winning is no reason to not be ‘scared’ or whatever word you want to use.
      someone can still appear threatening even if they haven’t accomplished something in the past.
      that argument of not winning before has its holes.
      if lebron left the heat and teamed with a superstar somewhere on some team that has never won, they are still a threat.

      • legend30 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        money2long you’re wrong. I agree the Pacers are a threat, but that doesn’t mean teams are scared of them. You and kb2408 are acting like I think the Pacers aren’t a good team, I still expect them to have the 1st seed. Only reason kb2408 keeps backing up the Pacers, because he’s a Heat hater. And he knows their the only team in the east that can beat them. He’s afraid the Heat might get a 3-peat.

        kb2408, worry about the Lakers.

      • money2long - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        ok. so im not wrong. stop pinpointing one word and flipping my argument. if they are a threat, then they have a chance to win. so what’s the point of even saying they haven’t won anything in the past?

        being a threat means you are capable of beating the opposition.

        that’s the point.

        so if they are “threatening”, or then that should be the focus. yes i said teams can fear them, but in the sense that they can steal their title hopes. not that they are scared because they quiver and cower when they meet.

      • legend30 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Maybe because “threat” and “scared” are two different words? Like I said before, they’re a very good team, but that doesn’t mean teams are going to act like they’re playing against the 90’s Bulls. Miami understand the Pacers are a “threat” but does that mean the Miami Heat aren’t going to show up in the playoffs against them? They beat them the past two years, so why would they be scared now?

      • money2long - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        yes they are different words.
        my point still stands.
        if you agree they are a threat, THERE IS NO POINT IN SAYING they haven’t won anything in the past. because if they are a threat NOW, then that means they are capable of winning NOW. stop missing the point.

      • legend30 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Can we learn to agree to disagree? You’re making this too much of a big deal, I only said they been struggling recently, stop acting like I’m treating them like the Milwaukee Bucks. Miami been struggling too… I don’t know what’s the big deal. It happens, teams are going to struggle at some point during the season, stop acting like the Pacers are invincible.

      • money2long - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        no im not acting like ur treating them like the bucks. your going overboard because youre resisting to see my point.

        there is not point to bring up the pacers not winning anything in the past if youre saying they are a threat now.

        every team starts from somewhere. the team that won for the first time, didnt win in the past. that didn’t stop them from winning when they did.

        that is my only point and you should try hard to stay on that subject matter.

        you’re saying you’re confused as to why people think they should be scared of the pacers because they haven’t won anything. yet in the same breath admit they are a threat. you don’t see the irony there…really ?

      • legend30 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Look I see you’re point. But I’m going to say it again, teams aren’t scared of the Pacers. For example, I’m sure you watched the Super Bowl, the Seahawks knew the Broncos was a “threat” (because they’re a very good team like the Pacers) to beat them, but were they scared of them? No. They ended up beating them 43-8, they knew the Broncos had the #1 offense, but they weren’t afraid of them.

        I said they haven’t won anything, because they’re acting like they already won a championship. They still have to prove it. The Miami Heat are back-to-back champs, but the Pacers aren’t scared of them, but they know the Heat are a “threat.” You think P. George and D. West are afraid? They want the #1 seed for a reason, because they don’t want Miami to get the #1 seed obviously, because they know they’re a “threat” the Heat don’t care about the #1 seed, because they’re not scared of the Pacers.

      • money2long - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:40 PM


  2. coachjac30 - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Well isn’t this breaking news. Was anyone expecting him to say anything else?

  3. ufools - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Well, from the rest of the league and fan perceptions, the two best teams in the east have effectively wasted a roster spot by either perpetually broken down or lazy (or both) bigs.


  4. gquesen - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    The Pacers and their fans will be so disappointed at the end of the East finals. Obviously, the Pacers are really good. But seriously, the heat have been coasting and they’re still only 3 or 4 games back. No one is beating Miami in a 7 game series. With or without home court. Sorry Indy, it’s just not happening.

    • money2long - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      im also starting to hate hearing this lebron/heat are coasting line.
      within the games that people say they are coasting, maybe in the end they brush off the results.
      but i doubt they are on the floor on autopilot.
      especially during close games. calling all these timeouts, strategizing and what not.
      perhaps they don’t reveal everything in the regular season. but let’s not act like in those moments they are going half speed.
      they are trying to win those games.
      but they are easier to throw in the towel when it’s not looking good because it’ the reg season.
      coasting during the game however is a diff story.

      • kb2408 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        What’s happening to the Heat is the same thing that happens to just about every team that has a championship run like the run they’ve had the past few seasons, they get worn down and the competition gets better. It happened to the LAKERS in 2011 when they got beat by Dallas. All that season they talked about coasting and turning it on when the playoffs start. Only to discover they couldn’t turn it on. Winning 3 or more rings in a row is very difficult. That’s why it hasn’t been done very often. Only the elite of the elite have done it.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        @kb2408 What happened to the Lakers in 2011 is a little different. For one thing Kobe was older and past his prime – so the 2011 Lakers didn’t have the best player in the league who was in his prime, as Miami does. Additionally, at some point in 2011 Phil Jackson was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but held off telling the team – and for some reason decided to tell them about it in the playoffs – didn’t help. But Jackson was preoccupied in 2011.

        I’d say Miami 2014 is more similar to Chicago 1993. Like LeBron today, Jordan was 29 and also coming off two straight MVPs. Like the Miami today, Chicago was also the #2 seed in the East (behind the Knicks). The 1993 Knicks also posed the same kind of problem to the 1993 Bulls as the 2014 Pacers do to the Heat – the Knicks tried to beat the Bulls with size and physicality. One problem: Michael Jordan. The Pacers are going to have the same problem with LeBron James.

      • money2long - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        can’t wait to see what happens in the post season
        defending champs don’t stay defending champs forever.
        some people really talk like the heat are invincible.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Nobody said anything about “invincible.” But as Bud Shaw from the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote:

        “…you’d be crazy to bet against [Miami] even with Wade hobbled. That’s a bet against James expanding his game in whatever direction is necessary. That’s a bad bet.”

        You know, 1993 Bulls-Knicks is again a great analogy for the 2014 Heat-Pacers. The Bulls and the Knicks famously went 7 games in 1992. The Knicks started the 1993 season with home court advantage on their brain. The Knicks won the East and got their coveted home court advantage. The Bulls finished 2nd with their win total dropping from 67 to 57. The Knicks also won the season series 3-1. People accused MJ of playing on cruise control (Barkley broke Jordan’s streak of two straight MVPs). Pippen was playing with a bad ankle.

        Now, because of these developments, there were many in 1993 who thought that the Bulls would lose to the Knicks in the playoffs. But those people were doing something they shouldn’t have done: bet against a giant like Michael Jordan.

        The Knicks lost in 6.

      • money2long - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        blah blah blah
        let’s see how the post season works out.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        Don’t be on the wrong side of history, friend. I’m trying to help you, yet you insist on being perpetually wrong.

      • money2long - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:21 AM


    • dustin433 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      The Pacers have had more back to backs than anyone else in the league and the majority of their loses have come in that second game. The Heat appear to be the ones struggling, they at 5-5 in their last 10 and have lost 7 of their games to teams that are under .500.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:55 AM


      Real talk, LeBron and the Heat remind me of the ’90s Bulls. I don’t see no one stopping them either.

    • sfchoosier - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      I guess Lebron was coasting against Durant the other night, with all the “streak” hype. I guess if the Heat werent coasting they would have only lost by 1 or 2 instead of 15-20. I believe the game was in Miami as well, but that didnt matter, they coast at home also

  5. miamatt - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I get the sense with all the talk out of Indy that they are trying to convince themselves that they can and will beat the Heat.

    As a Heat fan, I have too much respect for the Pacers to say they can’t do it… but if I were them, the deafening silence coming out of Miami would seem a bit disconcerting.

  6. money2long - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    well, he’s not gonna tell you guys this worries them

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      I know right. They most DEFINITELY took notice to this signing.

  7. belleby123 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    I’m glad that LeBron has become the official spokesperson for the Heat.

    • sfchoosier - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Unfortunately he seems to be the spokesperson for the NBA.

      • belleby123 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        That is unfortunate, because it has affected their flopping rules significantly.

  8. drago2012 - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    The Heat are done. You can just see it in their eyes and physical posture. Indiana’s signing of Bynum will play huge in the most critical moments of game 6 or 7 in the conference finals. Even Bynum can smell then championship now, so he will be energized to play like a beast. I think he has huge respect for Larry Byrd and Indiana coach and he will not let them down. Just remember my words when Indiana hoists the trophy!!!!!! Daaa BUUULLLLLSSS!!!

  9. woodrree7 - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Because Bynum SUCKS!!!

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