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LeBron James: Heat feel slighted by descriptions of their 2013 championship

Jun 4, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

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The Spurs should have won the 2013 championship.

It’s an assertion I’ve heard repeatedly in the last year.

It’s just not true.

The Spurs COULD have won the 2013 championship – and there is a difference.

Up five with 24 seconds left in Game 6, San Antonio saw it’s lead slip. Yes, the Spurs made mistakes. Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard missed key free throws, and San Antonio still could have won in regulation.

But the Heat did a lot right, too. LeBron James made a huge 3-point. Chris Bosh grabbed an offensive rebound in traffic and kicked the ball to Ray Allen, who made the game-tying 3-pointer.

The Heat could have won – and they did. Both teams could have won. That’s how it works in close series. To say the Spurs should have won is not fair to Miami.

And LeBron knows it.

Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball:

LeBron James said Wednesday before Heat practice in advance of Game 1 of the NBA Finals that the Heat feel “slighted” at the suggestion that the Spurs gave away last year’s Finals after Miami’s comeback in Game 6.

“Absolutely (we feel slighted). I can’t sit here and lie to you, we do. We feel slighted in the fact that it went seven. It went seven. It wasn’t like it was 3-0 and you know, they had us in Game 4 and we took it and won four straight.

It is a little strange to hear the Finals MVP talk about how the title-winning team got slighted, even if he’s correct. But I don’t think LeBron is as concerned about being right as he’s trying to motivate himself for these Finals.

In that regard, the Spurs have a much easier job. Feel slighted? Of course they do. They lost! Losing is a slight.

LeBron is reaching a little bit, but that’s the only way he’ll find outside motivation to use to his advantage.

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  1. money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    The camera zoomed in on lebron’s face toward the end of game 6.
    There was no denying EVEN HE felt the spurs were on their way to win the game.
    He was as depressed as a lost dog in the rain.
    Ray Allen saved the day. And I bet lebron must have bought day Allen somethin really nice when the season was over that year.
    Cuz we all know , and he does to but won’t admit , the spurs gave it away.

    • money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Ray allen*

      • engh533 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Yes he plays for the Two-time defending World Champion Miami Heat!!! Anymore questions??

      • money2long - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:51 AM

        I didn’t put a question mark there.
        Dyslexia much ?

      • cramsinned - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        I bet Kobe did the same thing to Artest and Gasol for saving their game 7 win against the Celtics on 2010

    • nfl4days - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Just like how tim looked like someome shot his puppy after the miss in game 7?

    • antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Was that before or after LeBron made that huge three with 20 seconds left to keep the Heat alive?

    • patfic5 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Leonard and Ginobli hit free throws….its over. SA gave it away>Miami won it.

      • delfi2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        @ patfic5. ITS CALLED A CHOKE. GAME OVER kid

      • pphins4life12 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:15 AM

        Doesn’t matter… Game is played for 48 minutes. Spurs didn’t execute and Miami did.. Period

      • packergator - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        And SA gave away OT and Game 7? Face it, they got out-toughed by Miami down the home stretch and got beaten. It’s a brutal way to lose the title when you’re up 3-2, but it happens; just acknowledge it.

    • kinggw - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      The Spurs didn’t give anything away, they left the door open and Miami kicked it in. They choked away a chance to close out Game 6 and like true champions the Heat fought to take the game to overtime where they ultimately prevailed. If the Spurs were destined to win as so many like to opine, why didn’t they win Game 7?

      It doesn’t really matter how close they were, almost doesn’t count. It’s time to move on.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      If the Spurs gave such a huge game away against the Heat when Bron, Wade and Bosh were all playing worse – what could they ever hope to do when the Big 3 are all considerably better?

      LeBron’s postseason is a monster. We haven’t seen one quite like it since, well, ever… but we haven’t seen efficiency like it since MJ in 1991. Wade is obviously a lot better compared to last year, and so is Bosh.

      But, as you said, the Spurs were giving games away to Miami when all three weren’t playing as well. And Tony Parker’s play has also declined from last year. So all of that bodes very well for Miami.

    • innovativethinking87 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Huge Lebron fan here but he knows they almost lost. He was literally getting teary in that huddle

      • engh533 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        That’s funny because I couldn’t tell if he was crying with all that champagne that was being poured all over his head…Oh you must be talking about game 6 When LeBron said he was looking forward to a Game 7 on his teams home floor

    • engh533 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      The Spurs gave it away huh!!! If that is the case why did they even show up for the finals.When you say giving it away that implies that SAN Antonio wanted Miami to win!!!Squandering the lead is more appropriate because that implies SAN Antonio couldn’t handle the pressure of the moment.And because of that they didn’t deserve to win!!And Miami on the other hand,capitalized on the moment therefore they not only deserved to win but indeed did WIN!!!!

      • antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        The Spurs couldn’t execute in the clutch, and the Heat could. That was also the case in Game 7.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        Speaking of the Spurs in the clutch… they’ve been worse in crunch time this year, as opposed to last year. This year in the clutch they’re shooting 41.7% with a 4-2 record. Last year they shot 47.5% with a 6-1 record. Their 41% shooting when the pressure rises might explain why they’ve already lost three times as many games as last year.

        On the other hand Miami has been exceptional in the clutch in these playoffs. They’re shooting 59.3% with a 4-1 record. (as opposed to their garbage 39.1% clutch shooting last season)

        Yep, 59.3%. The best mark in the league.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Everyone forgets Ginobili elbowing Lebron in the throat while he was about to go for a lob.

      That was clearly a flagrant and instead of 2 shots and the ball, Miami just got the ball out of bounds. There’s absolutely no excuse for not calling that a flagrant.

  2. HotHotHeat - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    The Heat get no respect.

    • trevor123698 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      because when they do win its always rigged

      • nfl4days - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Spoken like a true hater

      • packergator - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Sure, the NBA can rig a game on the fly when the opponent is leading in the final minute. I suppose the league put a huge magnet in the ball before the play that led to Ray Allen’s 3-point shot. Seriously?

    • myownwerstenmy - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      You’re a moron. Drink bleach.

    • myownwerstenmy - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      No one wants to talk about how Ray Allens Foot Was Out Of Bounds When He Made That shot.

      • packergator - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        The replay showed otherwise. Your Spurs lost…they LOOOOOOOOOOST.

    • trevor123698 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      yep you nailed it. I dont have pictures of the celtics being fouled and not getting the call. ITs not a cumulative effort either. They didnt win entire games off of single calls. You are right. The supreme court hasnt ruled sports to be entertainment and are open to fixing. that didnt happen.

  3. nfl4days - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Funny how nobody brings up Tim’s miss in game 7 to tie it up. LeBron does that and he gets called a chocker for the rest of his career.

    • seattlesuperchronic - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      A lot of people bring it up. I’ve heard the term “bunny” too much because of it.

      • kinggw - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        People bring up the missed shot, nobody says Duncan choked, which is what the narrative would be if it was Lebron in the same situation.

    • money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      That’s cuz lebron has a history of choking. All Timmy did was remind us he’s human. And while we’re on the topic of reminders, tell me who has more rings between the two. That’s why lebron will get called a choker had he done that. He would have fell to 1-3 in the finals.

      • engh533 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        Coulda Woulda Shoulda …Hello were in REALITY over here can you please leave the twilight zone and join us

      • antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        Timmy has lost in the first round how many times? A #1 seed losing in the first round is just about the ultimate choke. You can’t lose any worse than that as a #1 seed. That’s as bad as it gets.

      • money2long - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        He brought up the topic of could’ve would’ve stupid. Hahha. So we were speaking in those terms.
        Wow. Ur a d bag

      • money2long - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        I don’t think u wanna compare career chokes on any level between lebron n Duncan anti.
        That’s a slippery slope.

      • packergator - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        Double standard much?

  4. antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    It’s kind of strange how LBJ’s post-season is going unnoticed when it’s one of the finest individual postseasons ever.

    James is clearly out to prove a point, and I wouldn’t bet against him doing it.

  5. engh533 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    This article is spot on…Both teams COULD HAVE WON.But only the best team did when You silly silly biased a$$ people.San Antonio could have won but the team that should have won always wins.If SAN Antonio Should have won they would have stopped Miami from scoring and won by 5.So stop hating Miami and realize that the team that scored the last 5 out of 6 points of regulation and stopped SAN Antonio from scoring… Is the team that SHOULD HAVE and did win the game and SERIES!!! END Of STORY!!!!!!

  6. sumkat - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    LeBron is going to have to learn how to get motivated just because he is the best in the world, and he is supposed to win. The old “let’s make up something I can get myself hype about” is getting pretty old. No matter who they are playing “they don’t like us”, or “they don’t respect us” blah blah blah

    Everyone knows he’s the best player on the best team in the league. The difference between a great player, and an all time great, is the ability to step up just because you are supposed to. Not because of some imagined slight

    • antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Well don’t tell that to MJ. The motivation for his entire career was based on imagined slights. If you doubt that, just watch his hall of fame speech again.

    • bougin89 - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Lebron is a competitor. Sometimes guys feed off different things. Lebron’s is that he feels “slighted” or “they don’t like us we don’t like that”. That’s totally fine, whatever lights your fire go with it.

  7. engh533 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    And BTW Great Teams find ways to WIN and Not so great teams find ways to LOSE!!! Like clutch Free throws when the game is on the line!

  8. Nofoolnodrool - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Shut up and play ball…settle it on the court. Lbj’s mouth is open way too much…you got millions, but you are not a genius…the best basketball player since MJ probably. But you are too mouthy….let your legendary play talk like the old days. Tired of your whining and flopping.

  9. cwilson6843 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    San An didn’t give anything away… the heat took that sh**. Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Lets go heat! Just win baby!

  10. campcouch - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    The words “hater, hating” and “hatin” should be filtered.

    • nfl4days - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Right after the words bandwagon, choke, and rigged.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      No, the people who use them should be filtered. Off the site.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      So you’re saying you do NOT like Free Speech?

  11. jollyjoker2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    I would hardly think a guy choking at the free throw line to put the Miami bums away in game 6 is a rout.

  12. rodge1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    The haters need someone or something to hate on while their teams are fishing during the playoffs. It’s ok haters, we feed on your tears of envy.

    • calkinsrob - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      your on the team?

  13. cantonbound13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Bosh & Ray Allen saved LeChoke. Otherwise we would talk about LeBron bricking a 3 point attempt for the tie.

    • engh533 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      The last I checked they all play for the same team GENIUS!!!!.So are we supposed to take away from MJ because Paxton and Kerr hit those big shots .You people that hate LEBRON are just getting pathetic please come up with legit material to discredit him if you’re gonna try and do IT

    • pphins4life12 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      Who is going to save the Knicks?

    • bbbmf - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Your juvenile comments [ LeChoke? Really? ] illustrate the point(s) made in the article about where LeBron’s fan support does/doesn’t come from.

  14. drunkenjunk - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    This is a lot about nothing. Lebron is just making this slight up in his head to get more motivation. He’s got the trophy and ring which is all that matters, not any of this disrespect bullcrap.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      He’s definitely not making it up. He probably gets 100 tweets a day about how lucky he was last year.

      • savvybynature - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        Haha, Lebron is worried about 100 random people Tweeting at him now! Oh no, the multi-millions, respect, fame and access aren’t enough, someone tweeted negatively at me!
        Seriously dude, give it up. If Lebron is that fragile then he did get lucky last year. I don’t believe he really cares though, you’re just some obsessed weirdo who thinks Twitter makes you relevant.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        It’s not about fragility – perfectionists and competitors are never satisfied. And he would never have made it to 4 straight finals, with 4 MVPs – improving his game every year along the way – if he wasn’t motivated by things that regular people wouldn’t think twice about. Remember, he’s a guy who once said this:

        “Don’t think for one minute that I haven’t been keeping mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone.”

      • savvybynature - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:40 AM

        Um, yes, being insecure about what strangers say on Twitter is being fragile. I don’t see how Lebron could be that insecure anymore, but apparently you, his #1 fan, think so.
        And yes, he could have won all his MVP awards and Championships and everything else without giving a darn what people said on Twitter. Duncan is a perfect example of a guy who is plenty competitive about basketball, and doesn’t care about Twitter.
        Twitter has nothing to do with basketball, it has to do with social image. Being popular on Twitter will not make you a better basketball player, just get you more endorsements. I’m guessing Lebron grasps that, even if you cannot.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        You don’t know what Duncan cares about. He might google himself every day and would never tell anybody. But you keep talking about twitter – you even managed to typed it 5 times. I was only using it as an example. I didn’t realize you were such an antitwitterite.

        Every superstar is insecure.

  15. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    People who complain about being disrespected generally don’t deserve said respect.
    His team won the series, won the title, and he’s pissed off.
    Shut up LBJ.

  16. Miami305 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    I’ve seen so many stupid comments such as, “If the Spurs would have hit just a few more free throws they would have won!,” as if to say that somehow Miami didn’t deserve last year’s championship. What do these moronic comments mean? The possibility of reaching glory by making one free throw or being crushed by one missed free throw is what makes watching basketball worth it. Sports fans live for the big moments that fuel conversations and debate for years to come. Last year’s Finals ensured that we will never ever forget what happened. The best teams find ways to win on the biggest stage; last year Miami was the better team evidenced by their hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy on high. Very soon we will find out who this year’s best team is and I pray to almighty God that it will once again prove to be the Miami Heat!

  17. wallabear - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Da Heat gon’ get it in Six. Finals MVP: Bosh-o-saurus.

  18. davidly - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    The “should have won” comes from the fact that virtually every observer thought it was a done deal. Indeed, the championship trophy ceremony had quite literally, while most certainly prematurely, begun. To say that the Spurs gave it away is not entirely accurate, but it’s an understandable interpretation given the sequence of events.

    That said, there is a tendency in sports to give the loser the blame instead of the winner credit. Right or wrong, the legacy of the Heat has become two titles, two asterisks. This alone should be motivation enough for a three-peat (ironically, Riley’s first). The Heat are well aware that if they don’t win this one, they lose more than just this one. It’s not fair, but there you have it.

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