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LeBron James on Spurs: ‘They don’t like us’

Jun 3, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

LeBron James, Tim Duncan LeBron James, Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan, after the Spurs beat the Thunder in Game 6, didn’t mince words during his on-court interview with David Aldridge.

“We’ve got four more to win. We’ll do it this time.”

In his postgame press conference, Duncan expanded.

“We’re happy that it’s the Heat again,” Duncan said. “We’ll be ready for them. We’ve got some experience, obviously, from last year against them, and we’ll go back and look at some film. And we’ve got that bad taste in our mouths still. Hopefully, we’ll be ready to take it this time.”

LeBron James heard him loud and clear.

Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

To some degree, I think this is LeBron just looking for motivation, contriving a way to work himself up.

There is a perception by many fans the Spurs represent the best of professional sports and the Heat the worst. For these people, it’s wrong that LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh took their futures into their own hands and signed with the Heat. The Spurs did it the right way – sitting their injured superstar as long as possible, tanking, lucking into a No. 1 pick, drafting a future Hall of Famer and building around him for nearly two decades. Or something like that.

Anyway, I’ve never seen Duncan and the Spurs feed into that narrative by declaring a moral supremacy to Miami, but that doesn’t mean LeBron can’t project those opinions onto the Spurs themselves anyway. Whatever gets him in the right state of mind for the NBA Finals.

Duncan has a much easier task in that regard. He just has to think about last year.

  1. yesser12 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Doesn’t he say the same line for most teams.
    Lebron what do you think about the Bulls ” They don’t like us, so we don’t like them”
    Lebron what do you think about the Pacers ” They don’t like us”
    Now Spurs, may have said it vs NYK last year.

    I don’t mind Lebron, don’t hate don’t love. But he says the same things.

  2. spursareold - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Yeah, LeBron, Tim stopped by your locker room after SA beat your Cleveland team in the ’07 Finals to tell you that you would win many championships because he doesn’t like you.

    • miamatt - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      The point isn’t whether or not what LeBron said is factual. The point is whether or not he can use it to give himself an edge.

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    For the record, neither do I.

    • engh533 - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      And guess what! You don’t have the ability to do anything about so WHO CARES!!!

  4. bhester1906 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Doing it the right way? I thought doing it the right way was making it to the championship. U talk like once they signed in Miami they got a free ride to the finals.

    • bougin89 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      The two best players in the East and another top player in the East teamed up on one team. It really hurt the competitive balance of the league and specifically the East. It would really be more surprising(or a great underachievement) if they didn’t dominate the East while they are together and that’s exactly what they’ve done.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        That’s easy to say now, but during the 2011 season the only thing we heard was how LeBron and Wade could never co-exist because their games are too similar.

        And if they were supposed to dominate the East so obviously, then what has all the back-and-forth been about over the last three seasons? Pacers, Bulls, Knicks, Nets & Celtics fans kept telling us that Miami was going to crumble at any moment.

        This very site predicted the Pacers to advance to the finals this year. They probably picked the Pacers last year.

        So I think if people were being more honest they would say that they are indeed surprised that Miami was able to to run “that energy-sucking, mentally-devouring, chemistry-battering gauntlet” of 4 consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.

      • bougin89 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Wait, which is it, Anti?

        You said yourself you were the “only person” to claim that Lebron was the GOAT way back when. Now you’re saying it’s a surprise he made it to 4 straight finals with the second best player in the East(and at the time you could make a strong argument that Wade was the second best player in the NBA). You also have stated on here that when Lebron made the “Not 1, Not 2, Not 3…” comment he had the right to say that because of how good he was and how good Wade was.

        It’s not a surprise that the Heat have dominated the East, never before was there such a “Goliath”. Which is why so many people root against them, fans like to root for the “David’s”.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Those are two different things. A player can be GOAT and not go to 4 straight finals (MJ).

        When LeBron went to Miami the universally recognized 2nd best player in the East was Dwight Howard, who, at the time, even Phil Jackson said he would take over LeBron to start a franchise. In 2011, Dwight was ranked by a certain network as the 2nd best player in the entire league, much less the East.

        But you can’t rewrite history. People are always picking against the Heat – they’re even doing it again this year. You’re telling us they’re supposed to be this universally recognized goliath and yet here we have “experts” saying the Spurs could win in 5 games.

      • jpstyles314 - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        Celtics 1st

      • packergator - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        And what did they do that Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett didn’t do with the Celtics to win a title? I never hear that trio mentioned on this subject.

      • bougin89 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        Garnett, Pierce, and Allen didn’t plan to play together for years before. Isn’t that completely obvious?

        Lebron, Wade, Bosh all came together when they signed their first extension with the clubs that drafted them and all made sure they had the same player option so they could be free agents at the same time. Then the whispers of how they would talk about teaming up during the Olympics…

        It’s night and day really from what the Celtics did.

  5. prareedoggin - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    We beat them last finals, THEY DONT LIKE US!!!! Duhhhhh durrrrrrrr

  6. silkysmoke - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM


  7. engh533 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    And BTW… The only teams you don’t like are the ones that have beat you or have the ability to beat you

  8. engh533 - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Show of comments… How many true SAN Antonio fans are on here vs Heat Haters.Just asking!

    • kavika6 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      I’ve been a Spurs fan for 25 years but I’m also on that HUGE bandwagon of people that hate that arrogant punk. It’s kind of fun seeing the world unite and all become Spurs fans for the next two weeks.

      • packergator - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Don’t flatter yourself – your team just isn’t that interesting for all their success.

  9. kb2408 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Shut up, LBJ, that “manufactured” crap ain’t working. The Spurs are not Indy and you’re not MJ or Kobe.

    • miamatt - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Looks to most of the world like it is working quite well.

    • packergator - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      I’d say he’s – or will be – better than Kobe at least.

  10. azarkhan - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Of all teams, the Spurs are the least likely engage in trash talk. The Spurs are professionals. For them, the Heat are a problem to be solved, nothing more, nothing less.

    • borderline1988 - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Except for Tim Duncan’s comment above?

      • savvybynature - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        Did he talk trash about the Heat?
        See,s like he just expressed confidence to me. Perhaps a bit rash, but hardly trash talk about the Heat.

    • packergator - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Funny – they couldn’t solve it last year.

    • packergator - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Sort of like they solved it last year?

  11. antistratfordian - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    LeWyatt James: All right, Duncan… you called down the thunder, well now you’ve got it!

    Brooklyn Nets? Check.
    Indiana Pacers? Check.

    The Miami Heat “Be Careful What You Wish For Tour″ rolls on into San Antonio.

  12. savilo831 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    I love the
    BUILT VS. BOUGHT slogan. Couldn’t have been said any better.

    • anythingbutyanks - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      And what was bought? Championships? Players? If you mean championships you couldn’t be more wrong: the Heat lost in the finals in year 1 of the big 3 era because a collection of superstars alone isn’t enough to win. A team needs time to grow together and work out an effective system with defined roles for everyone. If you just threw five great players on the court Thursday to face the Spurs (say…CP3, Curry, KD, LeBron, and Howard), they would NOT win that series. Maybe a game or two, but not a 7 game series.
      And if by “bought” you mean players, well all of the Spurs’ players are well paid, and most have had opportunities to go elsewhere if they wanted to. They all play for San Antonio because they are happy with their pay and they believe that staying in SA gives them the best chance to win a championship. Tell me how that is different from Miami? Especially if you factor in that Miami was NOT the highest bidder for ANY of the star players on their team- how are they “bought”? Sounds more like built than bought to me.

  13. kplaya - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    So yesterday

  14. kavika6 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Lebron is so immature. Most of the hate is directed at him so he’s trying to throw it in Duncan’s direction.

    • packergator - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Right, because Tim’s acting so mature here; he needs to let last year go.

  15. mjhutmkr - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM


    Neither do I!.

    The Heat stink and suck!

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