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LeBron James: “(We’ll) take 50% in four years in championships any day”

Jun 16, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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SAN ANTONIO — I wouldn’t say Miami Heat players were comfortable with losing, not in the least. They were emotional and clearly dejected after the Spurs dominated them the final three games of the NBA Finals to take the title.

But there was a sense that they didn’t feel the season was wasted — they made it to the Finals for a fourth straight year, the first team to do that since the Larry Bird era Celtics. Eric Spoelstra said they shouldn’t be so “jaded” as to not appreciate what they did accomplish, it will just take a while to get there.

LeBron James put it this way.

“You know, we went to four straight Finals in four years. You know, we’re not discrediting what we were able to accomplish in these four years. We lost one, we won two, and we lost another one. (We’ll) take 50 percent in four years in championships any day. Obviously, you want to win all of them, but that’s just the nature of the game. You win some; you lose some. You’ve just got to come back the next year and be better as an individual, as a team, and go from there.”

In our “we must judge everything now and do it in 140 characters” world, LeBron will get ripped for this sentiment from some. He will get ripped for the idea that making the Finals is good enough, for the audacity of taking a big picture perspective in the moment. The segment of the American sports fandom that irrationally hates all things LeBron will gloat for a day as if he personally failed, they will revel in a man not reaching his goal. If you celebrate a man’s failures, that says more about you than him.

LeBron may be the one Heat player who can have his head held high after these Finals — he brought it every night. He was the single best player in the Finals on either team. In Game 5 he had 31 points (on 21 shots), 10 rebounds and he guarded Tony Parker much of the night and forced the Spurs star point guard into a tough shooting night. It just wasn’t enough. The Spurs had too many weapons and used them too efficiently for the Heat. The better team won. Handily.

But LeBron is still going to take the brunt of this loss.

He’s the world’s best player, he’s the guy who cramped up in Game 1, and with that he gets the lion’s share of praise and blame. Comes with the territory. He’s in the legacy building prime of his career and a loss in this series doesn’t help that much in a world where for too many legacy equals rings (although it remains too early in his career to define his ultimate legacy).

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  1. djshnooks - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    The whole point of this, the idea, the goal, the mission, the dream…was to win more.

    They failed to do so, that’s the bottom line.

    And comparing this team and Lebron, to the Celtics of the 80’s and Larry Bird…that is a major low-blow to the NBA, a dynasty and one of it’s all-time great players.

    Lebron and the Heat were/are good…but they are not a team like the Spurs are, and that’s the only team that can come close to being mentioned with the 80’s Celtics.

  2. eagles92 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Lol 96 bulls?

  3. tjmac95 - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Yall are ridiculous, giving Lebron a hard time for saying he would take 50% of 4 championships anyday, i bet jim kelly would’ve took 50% of the super bowls he played in every day of the week too.

    • mazblast - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:15 AM

      Don’t insult a team player like Jim Kelly by comparing him with LeBron “I sing one note, and it’s memememememe” James.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Hope Kelly recovered from his brain cancer. He’s a good man even if he isn’t a champion.

  4. mazblast - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    He promised, what was it, 4-5-6-7 titles when he signed with Miami? Now he’s fitting the historical record to what he considers “satisfying”. Sorry, Charlie, but that tuna is past its expiration date.

    If he had promised one or two titles when he made The Decision, a lot of people would have said, “That’s reasonable”. But no, he had to talk trash. Now he probably wonders why so many people loathe (not hate) him and his way of getting his two rings.

    • 1historian - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      All that nonsense was 4 years ago – THE DECISION and the idiotic occasion when Riley introduced the big 3 accompanied by smoke and mirrors.

      That’s Miami – they can have it. I got over it – the sheer stupidity of it – a few days after it ended.

      Some people – a LOT of people – seem to have a tough time getting over that.

      Even LeBron admitted how silly it was.

      3 days ago the Spurs raised basketball to an art form and just simply demolished the Heat.

      And the heat players admitted it.

    • harshedmellow - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:15 AM

      There’s not a GM or player in the league that wouldn’t sell his soul to be in the next 4 finals and win two of them.


  5. jimeejohnson - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    The Knicks winning championships percentage since 1969: ask SportsFan, but it’s mighty dismal just like that cesspool of fecal matter New Yawk itself.

  6. iowahbr - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Not a Heat fan but really dislike all the trash talk against James. By my reckoning they were 2nd best team in the NBA and all this Carmelo A talk is a pure waste of electronic white space for a great O no D player. Watch the Spurs and build a great team based on the team concept but let’s wait and see what happens next year with the Spurs as the NBA has become a “money now” league.

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