nameant wrote:His complaint about Hinrich is pathetic. Dood lowered his head and barged into Hinrich...what the hell is Hinrich supposed to do?
ESPN wrote:Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson said Thursday that he was surprised LeBron James complained the previous night about hard fouls committed during the Bulls' 101-97 victory that snapped the Miami Heat's win streak at 27.
"I think he's too good of a player to do that," Gibson said on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN 1000.
"You just play, two teams really going out there and play hard, going to the basket extremely hard and physical."
James mentioned fouls by Gibson and Kirk Hinrich as not being "basketball plays." Neither was called for a flagrant. James said Gibson collared him on a drive to the basket with 4:01 left in the fourth quarter.
"I didn't try to collar him," Gibson said. "I just fouled him. It wasn't intentionally.
"I just tried to make a play on the ball, but I fouled him. When he fell, it looked like I collared him. I was really trying to grab him, just not hold him up. Nobody was intentionally trying to hurt anybody out there. When he said those comments, I was really shocked. But it's part of the game, I guess."
"Carlos was getting hit the same way all night," Gibson said. "We have to guard them and do our jobs. Me and Kirk, what he said about us, it was crazy. Kirk wrapped him up, first off. He was trying to make a play on the ball. He wrapped him up to not try to hurt him intentionally, so he won't get an easy layup. He's a dominant player. You just try to slow him down. We're not trying to intentionally hurt him."
ESPN wrote:Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, speaking on WEEI Radio on Thursday, disagreed.
"I think the referees got the calls right. I don't think it was a hard foul," Ainge said. "I think the one involving LeBron against Carlos Boozer [in which LeBron lowered his shoulder into the Bulls' forward 10 seconds after Gibson's foul), that was flagrant. I think the officials got it right.
"I think that it's almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating."
Well, Pat Riley just added a little more fuel to the Heat-Celtics rivalry that simply won’t die.
After Celtics GM Danny Ainge recently called LeBron James‘ complaints about the hard fouls he takes “almost embarrassing,” the Heat President fired back with both barrels in a pre-game statement delivered to the Heat media by a representative, saying:
“Danny Ainge needs to STFU and manage his own team. He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing. I know because I coached against him.”
Yes, that is an accurate quote, STFU and all, delivered to a huddle of media members with their jaws firmly on the floor. My two big takeaways from this:
1) Pat Riley is certainly willing to stick up for his players, and clearly is at the stage of his career where he’s willing to say whatever is on his mind.
2) If the Celtics manage to fall down to the 8th seed, a Celtics-Heat playoff series would be about as interesting as a #1-#8 matchup can get.
UPDATE: In the time it took me to write this post, Ainge has already responded. Via Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, here’s Ainge’s reply to Riley’s statement:
“We’re both right. LeBron should stop complaining and I should manage my own team.”
retro_nights wrote:the bias in this thread is hilarious.
puffyusaf#2 wrote:Has he dropped 60 in a game?
puffyusaf#2 wrote:^Thanks. That is still crazy that a player at his skill level has dropped a 60. He isn't a true gunner like Kobe is so I guess it makes sense even if a little shocking.
therealdeal wrote:Obviously he's a different player, but I seem to recall that back when Kobe put on the show in Madison Square Garden everyone KNEW LeBron was going to best him somehow. And LeBron ended up going for a triple double instead because he couldn't score like Kobe.
It's a different year and a different time now, but the fact remains that LeBron doesn't have the scoring mentality to do those things. He doesn't have the same "I don't give a f***" mentality that you need to be a scorer.
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