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LeBron James And Dwyane Wade: “No One Will Ever Be Able to Compare What We Went Through”

If that quote is any indication, they’re clearly not talking about their schooling.

After a little time out of the “we’re victims” spotlight, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are back to remind everyone how bad they have it by comparing the criticism the Miami Heat faced after James, Wade, and Chris Bosh teamed up in 2010 to the relative lack of criticism for the way the Los Angeles Lakers were able to add Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this season.

But don’t take my word for it. Just read these recent comments by the two to the Miami Herald:

“No one will ever be able to compare what we went through,” James told Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald. “Even though [the Lakers are] not winning and they’re losing a lot of games, it’s still nowhere near what we went through. Yeah, right. That level of magnitude was nowhere near where ours was two years ago. Nothing. Nothing compares to it.”

“Because of everything that happened in 2010 with offseason signings, it was, automatically, just a lot of negative things that was said about us,” Wade said. “[Los Angeles] didn’t go through that at the beginning. They didn’t go through anything negative about bringing those guys together, so ours started off bad and it stayed bad for a while, and then we got better.”

Complete inability to use the English language aside, the two are right. The “level of magnitude” that the Heat faced is much higher than the criticism facing the Lakers this season. But you know, that’s for a reason.

While LeBron James and Dwight Howard have endured similar levels of criticism for the drama they caused in leaving their previous teams (LeBron for “The Decision,” Dwight for dragging things out for over a year before finally being traded), the reason the Lakers haven’t faced the same criticisms the Heat have is simple. Take your pick of any of the following reasons:

The Lakers’ stars didn’t (allegedly) collude during the 2008 Olympics to team up.

Steve Nash agreed to a trade to the Lakers as much for the ability to be near his children as he did to win a championship.

All of the Heat’s Big 3 are in their mid-20s. The only player on the Lakers in his prime and not his mid/late 30s is Dwight Howard.

No one on the Lakers promised they would win “not one, not two, not three,” etc. championships, or talked about how they felt sorry for whoever had to play them.

No one on the Lakers complained this week that no one has ever had it as bad as they did.

No one on the Lakers ever compared losing basketball games to 9/11.

I could keep going, but you get the picture.

I want to give LeBron and Wade the benefit of the doubt and just say they’re trying to motivate themselves one season after winning a championship, but picking on a sub-.500 Lakers squad to do so? I’m not buying it.

Whatever happened to just not commenting on a provocative question? Or dismissing a question like that as not what your team is focusing on? Drama doesn’t just follow people for no reason. For better or worse, the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James seem intent on continuing their tedious dramatic narrative going until they tire of it, thereby creating more needless/pointless drama that exists in their own minds alone.

Jen Slothower of NESN sums the whole thing up perfectly:

Overcoming adversity is a mark of being a champion, but unnecessarily creating adversity is just egomaniacal. And, coincidentally or not, this kind of self-aggrandizing behavior is exactly what got people irritated at the Heat in the first place.

My thoughts exactly.


  • http://www.facebook.com/ayotunde.afolabi Ayotunde Afolabi

    I’m a Miami Fan, and I’m tired of them playing the victim card…this is how we play into any dejector’s hands :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/stefans.zvejnieks Stefans Zvejnieks

    I’m a Miami fan as well, but what they say is true. I’m not even being biased at this point, the amount of criticism they received was so overblown compared to the Lakers. Couldn’t go a day without hearing about how Miami “bought” a team, yet Kobe is the highest payed player currently, add in a Dwight Howard and Steve Nash… Sound familiar? Though I do agree with you sometimes they can be very defensive (See Charles Barkley versus LBJ and D.Wade). In all honesty, Miami fan aside, I think LeBron, D Wade and Chris Bosh have every right to complain about this. Why aren’t as many people raising pitchforks against the Lakers? Because people just want someone to hate. LeBron was the perfect candidate, leaving his home town for a bigger, badder team. The villian. Dwight has done the same (minus the home town part, plus getting your coach + GM fired) yet I have seen nowhere near as much criticism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayotunde.afolabi Ayotunde Afolabi

    Hmm…that’s fair. I think the difference between the reaction to Howard’s move and Lebron’s is that the general fan, and most on-lookers hated ‘Bron for the public-nature of the whole thing. With Howard, I think he has gotten alot of grief, but more from avid fans and vets/analysts. Barkley’s gone off about him a couple times. With the Big 3, even though like you said, most of what they’re saying is true, media/fans will use any comments to do with it as “complaints”. It’d be so much better if they just left the responses to the hardwood, or to medium that can’t isolate particular things to make them sound whiney :/. Bit of a catch 22 really..

  • John

    Nice shot at their ability to use the English language, Mr. ” No on one the Lakers.” Also, you realize they were asked the question, right? They weren’t going around telling anybody that would listen they had it worse. Also, by writing this senseless post, you are just proving their point. So congrats on getting a few hits and proving LeBron and Dwyane’s point for them.

  • corri anderson

    Boo hoo. They especially have it hard when they are asking to be paid for the Olympics or throwing million dollar birthday parties for themselves.

  • corri anderson

    I think the point is, neither of these guys have had it tough in life. The worst that has happened is they have been criticized for their own bad judgement. So to them, yes, the criticism is the worst thing they have endured. To the average person, it’s ridiculous to whine about being criticized for your own selfish behavior. Not hating on them, great players, probably pretty good guys, just grow up already, jeez.

  • Anonymous

    PR disaster again, and again. Whoever does their PR is probably someone’s cousin because it has been handled awfully since day 1. Can’t believe they didn’t see this coming. They should have formed the big 3 behind closed doors and let ESPN talk all they would anyway with as limited information as possible. Then instead of that ridiculous coming out party they should have done a viral video campaign from the Heat website or something to really stir interest and excitement. Make well cut videos with awesome music of them PLAYING BASKETBALL. You’d be amazed how a video with some slow mo of something new creates anxious anticipation!

    I like D wade and Lebron but their enormous egos are undeniable. Win some titles and be happy you over came your self inflicted adversity wounds. Lol.

  • mspecter

    Yet another crybaby writer from Boston who’s mad the Celtics are past their prime. Boo hoo.

  • Lap4

    “Neither of these guys have had it tough in life” Are you crazy, Wade grew up with a mom who became addicted to drugs and he could barely sleep at night. LeBron was extremely poor, even had to go live with another family at one point so that his mom could handle everything.

  • corri anderson

    Well then you would think they would have some context when whining about this type of criticism.

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