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.