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Heat’s Spoelstra regrets saying players were crying


In a sign that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is still has a ways to go in being media savvy, he didn’t regret saying that there were players in tears in the locker room after a loss to Chicago the second he said it.

But he has come to regret saying it.

Spoelstra was on the Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz on 790 The Ticket in Miami (via Sports Radio Interviews) and was asked if he’d like that one back.

I wouldn’t have said it [the players were crying after the Chicago Bulls lose]. I mean the players…we don’t have a problem with it because everybody has been in a situation where their words have been taken out of context. In a strange way we’ve all been through this together and everybody in something where they have tried to say something to the team that has been taken out of context and it strengthened us. I brought it up to the team the next day and there wasn’t any broken trust. You know you’re in front of the media three times a day eventually something you’re going to say is probably not going to have the meaning you would have expected. I wouldn’t have said it if I had a do over just so I would eliminate one more distraction, but my point about it was the guys do care. I think it is great that we have some incredible, incredibly competitive, self-willed guys in this locker room, but this means a lot more to them, their profession.”

Um, to be clear, your words were not taken out of context. Here’s the video. You said there were players in tears in the locker room. There were players in tears in the locker room.

Now, did some people take something you said almost as an aside to mean something other than you intended? You bet. You tried to show that your players cared and were passionate, some people tried to spin this as the Heat were soft. Those people are wrong and you are right — I’d rather have a team crying and upset after a loss rather than joking and dancing around. But the words were in context. You just need not to say them.

Now, let’s just forget this silliness and move on to important things like how LeBron’s NCAA bracket is doing.

Quote of the day: Phil Jackson can’t pass up a dig at Miami

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“This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed. Big boys don’t cry. But if you’re going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one sees you.”

—Phil Jackson, when asked Thursday night about the report that some Miami Heat players cried after their loss to the Bulls on Sunday (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register). Jackson’s first comment was that he didn’t want to talk about the Heat situation, but then the little devil that likes so much to stir the pot couldn’t help itself.

The Lakers take on the Heat Thursday night in Miami.

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.

There is so crying in basketball

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Some Heat players cried in the locker room after the loss Sunday. So what?

The reaction from many around the league has been “I’ve been there.” Well, not in the Knicks locker room, they thought it was way funnier than anything Dane Cook ever said. But others took more muted tone.

Even Stan Van Gundy, who likes to smack around the Heat more than the next guy, kind of shrugged at that one, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“We all have, but it’s not something I would comment on and tell you who or when or anything else,” Van Gundy said Monday. “But yeah, I think we’ve all had that. Usually playoff-type situations… Probably the only time I’ve seen it are in the games that sort of end your year in the playoffs. But yeah, I’ve seen it….

“I don’t care whether a guy cries or not,” Van Gundy said. “I don’t see what difference it makes. But I don’t have to fill three hours of a sports talk show. Those guys need something to talk about. Mike and Mike in the morning, I don’t know, how long are they on? Three or four hours? I guess there aren’t enough games to just talk about the games, so you gotta figure out who was crying in the locker room. I’m just glad that’s not my job – trying to figure out who was crying.”

Over at Hoopshype (via the Heat Index), baller and blogger Rod Benson wrote that he has cried after a game.

After an injury-riddled season that, at least in my mind, ruined my immediate chances of making the NBA, I had made my way back in time for the NCAA tournament. After battling with North Carolina State for most of the game, as always, it came down to the final minute. Unlike high school, I remember very clearly what happened. Somebody messed up on a switch and I had to run out at Cameron Bennerman, who pump faked the hell out of me, composed himself, and knocked in the game-winning three.

On the way back to the locker room, I broke down and started crying. At first, it was because I knew that if I had closed out short, he may have had a more difficult shot. I placed the blame on myself for losing the most important game of my college career and tears began to fall. I kind of felt stupid for crying, but I couldn’t help it.

When I sat down in the locker room, that’s when it really hit me. I actually sat there and cried for like 15 minutes straight.

Then Benson ties it back into the Heat.

These guys care. They care a lot, actually. Yes, they care what people think. They care that their legacies are on the line. They care about the city of Miami. They care about the NBA. They even care about you, their haters. How do I know they care? Because I know how much you have to care to cry after a loss.

I tend to side with Van Gundy here (and I’m not planning on making a habit out of that),  the crying is one thing, telling the media is another. Spoelstra should have known that would basically take over a NBA news cycle and likely not sit well in the locker room. It has people discussing if the Heat are soft, and that is one touchy subject around players. This was a mistake of player management.

But the fact they care enough to cry, that’s a sign that at some point they will figure it all out.

Video: Watch for yourself the Heat postgame press conference

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A lot has been made about Heat coach Erik Spoelstra saying guys were crying in the locker room, about what the Heat players said after their loss to the Bulls Sunday.

You’ve read a lot of the quotes, but we thought you might like to see the words from the men themselves in context. Make your own judgements. That kind of thing.

I’ll say again, I don’t have a problem with guys crying in the locker room, that shows they were emotionally invested. That’s a good thing in an often uncaring NBA. But I think it was bad player/ego management by Spoelstra to make it public.