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Retired NFL Star and LeBron James Feud Over Win Streaks, "Crazy" Talk

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 01:  Former Miami Dolphin Eugene 'Mercury' Morris speaks during a press conference anouncing Reebok's new television campaign -dubbed 'Perfectville'- featuring members of the only undeated team in NFL history- the 1972 Miami Dolphins on February 1, 2008 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images for Reebok)
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Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistMarch 24, 2013

Perhaps you've heard: LeBron James and the Miami Heat are in the midst of the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. Retired NFL running back and ubiquitous winning streak commentator Mercury Morris sure has heard, and as usual, he's chiming in on the Heat's impressive run.

The outspoken member of the 1972 Miami Dolphins always manages to surface when NFL teams threaten perfection, but it seems he has now also found a way to get involved with another sport's winning streak conversations.

According to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports, it may actually have been James who started the war of words. He quoted LBJ as saying:

A guy like Mercury Morris and guys like that and stuff, that’s crazy. (Morris) was talking about the Patriots when they went undefeated (in the 2007 regular season). He was saying, ‘Don’t step on my lawn' and all that crazy stuff.

It seems Morris has some kind of buzzer that goes off anytime streaks and his name are mentioned (either that or a Google alert), so naturally, the former running back shot back at James in an interview with Fox Sports Florida.

Again, according to Tomasson, Morris said: "As far as LeBron bringing me up, hey, you tell him, ‘Don’t call me when you’re in my town. Call me when you’re on my freaking block.'"

Goofy metaphors aside, it's a little annoying that Morris finds a way to inject himself into the conversation when NFL teams come close to threatening his beloved Dolphins' achievement. But it's completely ridiculous that he is now somehow relevant in other sports as well.

Morris' only defense in this instance is that he didn't butt in unprovoked.

And to his credit, at least he's not rooting against the Heat in the same way he hopes for near-perfect NFL teams to slip up.

In 2009, Morris made himself a topic of conversation when the Indianapolis Colts started the season 13-0. And as soon as they lost, everyone immediately invoked his name, albeit in a tongue-in-cheek fashion.

This time, he's being a little more diplomatic:

"I hope they break the record,’’ said Morris, a Miami resident. “And I hope they go on to achieve greater things. I hope they go on to win the championship.’’

It's good to see that Morris isn't actively rooting against the Heat, but it goes without saying that he's pretty psyched to be part of the biggest sports conversation of the moment. It seems that personal relevance—not a winning streak—is what he's really interested in maintaining.

Weighed against the manner in which Yao Ming—a member of the Houston Rockets club that won 22 straight in 2008—has handled things, Morris still doesn't look great, though.

If there's a bright side to any of this, it's that the Heat aren't currently undefeated. If they were, we might never hear the end of it from Morris.

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