Is LeBron James serious? Post-game comments by Frank Vogel upset him?
How dumb is the king?
After the Pacers beat the Knicks to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, Vogel, with a daughter sitting on each knee, was asked about the chance to take on the Miami Heat in another playoffs series after last season's disappointing collapse after leading 2-1. Vogel's response:
"It's exciting, but this is not about getting back at Miami," Vogel said. "If you're in the final four you're competing for a championship. And they're just the next team that's in our way. That's how we're approaching it."
Yep, the Pacers are striving the win an NBA championship. To do so they have to beat the Heat, so they are going to, um...try.
Well, LeBron James apparently seized on the "they're just a the next team" line and (no doubt helped by the media) thought Vogel meant the Heat were just another team. Here are James' comments in response.
"We're not just another team," James said. "I don't understand what he's saying. But we're not just another team. That's not true. He said we're just another team in their way. We're a great team. If we're just another team, you really don't prepare for just another team. You have to prepare for us."
Have you stopped laughing yet? Really, all he needed to say was, "I don't understand what he's saying." That much is obvious. Heaven forbid and competitor doesn't bow down at the feet of the Heat. Did he really say, We're a great team? Usually the greats don't talk about it they show it.
James IS the greatest basketball player on the planet, apparently not the greatest thinker, though.
Great way to start the first off day before Game 1 of the ECF on Wednesday!