I have seem some strange things in the NBA this year but this takes the cake (well, except for Ron Artest trying stand up comedy). Rick Carlisle is the consummate professional. He reminds me of a less cranky, more adept, Larry Brown. He went out of his way to save Erik Spoelstra. The quote courtesy of ESPN:
“Listen, I would like to say one thing about Miami if I could,” Carlisle said. “I thought Erik Spoelstra had the toughest jobs in basketball with that team because of the way the team came together and because of the unbelievably high expectations.”
I give Carlisle a ton of cred for making this statement. Rick is a humble and true coach. He learned the hard way what losing can do to a psyche. Erik Spoeltra may be a smart man. In fact, he may be a good coach (though he didn’t show it in the Finals). The land is drawn in the sand. He is not the right man to coach the Heat. Lebron, Bosh, and Wade acknowledge this season is a failure. They do not have a championship. The big 3 aren’t going anywhere so the Coach must. It is time for the Pat Riley come from the penthouse calls to regain their furor. A Hall a Fame Coach is needed to Coach a 3 All Star Roster. Erik Spoelestra is collateral damage…
Blah, blah, blah. Winners win and loser lose.Lebron James, for all his hype, is a loser.Though I am a dick licker of Charles Barkley I must admit he is a loser as well. Neither player brought home the coveted championship. To be blunt, Lebron’s choke is epic! I have never seen a player of his caliber disappear in the Finals. Michael Jordan did not. Kobe Bryant did not. Karl Malone (though also a loser) did not. Magic Johnson did not. This is the reason why Lebron James should not be compared to any of these players. The comparisons are starting too early in player’s careers. In particular, with this instant on always going ESPN/Twitter/Facebook society. We didn’t have this overexposure in the days of MJ, Magic, and Bird. This exposure is causing athletes to become too full of themselves too soon. Just look at Lebron’s quote right after the loss (again courtesy of ESPN):
All the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal, but they have to get back to the real world at some point.
Again, I hate to beat a bitter stick, but MJ/Magic/Bird and even foot insert in Barkley’s mouth wouldn’t have been caught dead saying this. Now Lebron did try to clarify his comments but LB ain’t buying it. Lebron thinks he is above the common man and there is nothing sweeter then seeing him wallow in his misery.