Miami Heat Crying Pillows for sale! Get your crying pillows!
Hopefully, Erik Spoelstra will buy one, this way he can bury his head and sob in it after a loss rather than tell me things I don't want to know.
What kind of bizarre, needy comment was this?
"This is, uh, painful for every single one of us going, uh, through this. There are a couple guys crying in the locker room, uh, right now. It is not a matter of want, it is a matter of doing." Other sources said there was actual sobbing.
Huh? Give me a break. It sounds like someone just died.
Is this for real? I don't believe it. And if it isn't true, it's one of the most pathetic displays of manipulative PR pandering I've seen in a long time. Are we supposed to feel bad for the Heat (or any other team for that matter, but especially them)?
If it is true, it's not much better. Crying after a regular season loss from the locked-up third playoff slot is pretty unbecoming, and weak.
But regardless of whether it's true or not, the worst part is having to hear about it. I don't care. Save it for The View.
The Heat have been cold lately and they and many pundits are scratching their heads wondering what exactly is the thing that's wrong. It's thingS, actually.
PTI god and Bulls-luva Mike Wilbon took the time out yesterday to tweet about the Heat: "They got lots of problems. Clearly they don't really have a plan that works for them in close games." Ain't that the truth. The Heat are 1 for 16 in game-tying or go-ahead buckets in the last 10 seconds of the game.
As Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Kevin Roberts points out, "The Heat didn't realize that, as good as their core might be, the supporting cast wasn't good enough to do much supporting."
Clearly, Spoelstra has more problems than keeping his emotions (and mouth) in check, and that is part of it too, as pointed out by B/R's Jesse Dorsey.
And there are a couple more things.
Immaturity from top to bottom. This stuff reminds me of my eight-year old niece angling for a cookie or eluding a punishment.
Spoelstra, LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh are also too touchy-feely. They're on the wrong side of the emotional fence, whether times are good or bad. Some will claim this is normal and we just wouldn't be hearing about it but for the world of instant communications we live in. I beg to differ. Old school don't play that. Level heads prevail.
They gush about losing here. They gush about winning there. They gush about how they've learned to play together. They gush about close games. The gush about blowouts. They gush about what they're going to do next to fix things. Shut the gush up already! Who cares? Play some basketball.
After the loss last night, LeBron said, "I told my teammates, I'm not going to continue to fail them." Stop talking!
Finally, the Miami Heat are soft. Did the Lakers act like this a few weeks ago when things looked to be coming apart at the seems? Did the Knicks make a big show after the big trade about getting their big three in sync? I don't even think the Celtics reacted this badly following their heartbreaking loss to the Lakers in Game 7 last year – a locker room Doc Rivers called the worst he'd ever seen. Maybe there were some tears. That would be understandable.
In the end, though, if the Heat can stop emoting, they might be able to grow from their recent failures and emotional incontinence in time to be quite formidable in the postseason.
Here's some advice, Heat. Pick up The Bronx is Burning DVD set and take a look at how the two-time champion New York Yankees did it back in the late '70s. With guts, not tears. They didn't need to be best buddies and everything didn't have to be hunky dory.
There's no such thing as a Yankee Crying Pillow.