“It doesn’t prove nothing,” Evans told the Daily News when asked what it would mean to beat the defending champs. “That was a lockout season.”
LeBron's reaction to Reggie Evans running his mouth: "Who?" "Reggie Evans.""Exactly."— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) January 30, 2013
Hysterical? Yup. True? Most definitely? Effective? Of course.
This was everything (and more) we could have hoped to hear LeBron say. His assertion truly cut to the core.
How much so?
To the point where Evans doesn't need to flop to sell this cheap (albeit deserved) shot. I'd actually he's even lucky James didn't respond to the rest of what he said. That's right, there's more.
After belittling the accomplishments of the James-led Heat, Evans then went on to diminish the otherworldly talents of LeBron himself, likening his ability to that of Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche.
“Our team is defending the Miami Heat. If our team has to defend one person, LeBron isn’t going to score nothing. …LeBron is no different from Joe Johnson or Andray Blatche. No different,” Brooklyn’s starting power forward said. “People need help (on defense). Some people don’t need help. Everybody has to be double-teamed, it doesn’t matter who you are. You just have to stop LeBron in transition.
Far be it from me to belittle the opinion of a marginal role player turned starter, but I'm inclined to disagree with Evans from top to bottom. His belief that last season essentially doesn't count is ridiculous.
You cashed paychecks, didn't you Reginald? If last year proves nothing, how about you give some of that authentic green back to the Los Angeles Clippers so they can shower you with Monopoly money?
Let's be honest: Miami's championship was as real as the visual impediment that Evans calls a beard.
Does the Heat's 2012 title mean any less due to the lockout?
Normally, I would suggest that this is a ploy. That the player in question is just trying to get under his opponent's skin. But the perpetually befuddled look on Evans' face forces me to believe that he actually believes what he's saying.
I'd also acknowledge such sentiments would resonate with James. If anything, though, all Evans' outlandish player comparisons did was make LeBron giggle.
And his teammates respond.
Toward the tail end of the video embedded above, Shane Battier showers us with pointed "it's gonna be a wrestling match down in the paint tonight," when asked about Evans.
Now, I know that Battier isn't the prototypical tough guy, but he's far smarter than Evans will ever be. Not to mention that he has to ruthless bulls in LeBron and Dwyane Wade who have his back.
Which is why I would suggest Evans watch his.