Erik Spoelstra on “crygate:” It’s the media’s fault. Of course.


You would think after having been on this Heat superteam treadmill for about nine months now, Erik Spoelstra would have figured out that the media coverage is pretty intense.

And that everything you say is going to be dissected for meaning (that may not be there).

And that if you say guys are crying in the locker room that is going to become a big story.

But he doesn’t, as his comments to the media Monday make clear (thanks to the Sports Grid for the video). But at least Spoelstra cleverly names it “crygate.”

“I think (the media) can probably take anything I say and turn it into a story, I was shocked when [Heat media relations man Tim Donovan] told me about it this morning that it’s actually making the news. I think you guys can be a little more creative than that.

“I will say one thing, the guys care. Nobody was whimpering in the locker room. Nobody was… guys with heads down…. I think you guys are really searching for sensationalism now.”

Spoelstra, you don’t get to throw big championship celebration type events before training camp, before the guys have ever been on the court together before, then complain about the media sensationalizing the Heat. Pot, meet kettle.

You don’t see the Lakers and Celtics complaining about all the coverage. You want to be a contender, this is part of it. Deal with it.

NBA All-Star, champion Bill Bridges dies at age 76

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Bill Bridges, a star as a Kansas Jayhawk who went on to have a 12-year NBA career that included being part of the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship team, has passed away, according to the University of Kansas.

Bridges was an undersized power forward at 6’6″ but he was a beast on the boards who averaged 11.9 rebounds a game for his career and more than 13 a game for six straight years at the peak of his career. That 11.9 per game average is still 27th all-time in NBA history.

A New Mexico native, Bridges was a three-time All-Star (all as a member of the Hawks), two-time All-NBA Defensive team, and was part of the 1975 Warriors title team. Besides the Hawks (St. Louis and Atlanta) and Warriors, Bridges played for the Sixers and Lakers.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Kevin Love names NBA players he thinks could play in NFL


The majority of guys in the NBA are not built for the NFL. Blake Griffin the tight end makes a huge target for a free safety to line up. Kevin Durant is a little thin. Carmelo Anthony? Come on now.

But there are a few guys who might be able to, and on his show Dan Patrick asks Kevin Love about it today (see the video above). Then DP tries to take the obvious call of LeBron James off the table.

Nate Robinson as a DB? He’s athletic enough but at his height he would be a target for tall receivers. I like Dan Patrick’s suggestion of Russell Westbrook the free safety — he is certainly athletic enough.

Love also picked himself as a QB. Um, no. I’m not sure his outlet passing skills translate.