Just when you thought the whining out of South Beach couldn’t get any worse, Heat President Pat Riley opened up his mouth. In response to radio comments that Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge made regarding LeBron James complaining about hard fouls Riley fired back, “Danny Ainge needs to shut the f*ck up and manage his own team.”
Well alrighty then.
Ainge wasn’t out to target LeBron he was simply asked his opinion and responded.
“I think the referees got the calls right. I don’t think it was a hard foul,” Ainge said regarding two fouls committed against James in the March 27 game against Chicago. “I think the one involving LeBron against Boozer, that was flagrant. I think the officials got it right. I think that it’s almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating.”
Ainge is right. It is embarrassing. How could the player that gets the most calls in his favor in the league complain about two calls that were clearly not flagrant? Should Ainge have lied?
Ainge isn’t alone in his view of James’ whining. Brooklyn Nets guard Jerry Stackhouse said the following, “We haven’t heard anything about that in the first 27 games of the streak,’’ Stackhouse said James’ complaints. “I don’t think that’s been a topic. So when you lose the streak, you’re disappointed and you’re frustrated and you maybe go out on a tangent that’s maybe not really worth going out on. A guy that delivers as much sheer energy, power and force that he does, I don’t think taking a couple of licks here and there is even worth speaking about.”
One of the men responsible for James’ complaining, Bulls forward Taj Gibson was also asked about James’ gripes by ESPN AM 1000 and had comments that I’m sure didn’t please Mr. Riley.
“I think he’s too good of a player to do that,” Gibson said of James’ complaints. ”You just play, two teams really going out there and play hard, going to the basket extremely hard and physical. I didn’t try to collar him. 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.”
Maybe Riley will tell Gibson and Stackhouse to shut the f*ck up as well?
It appears that the complaining of James was well worth it because the NBA went back and determined that the fourth quarter foul that Gibson committed on James was a flagrant 1.
Give me a break.
This posturing and complaining is vintage Pat Riley. It’s sad that you can be at the top of the food chain, beg for handouts and still get rewarded. I suppose it’s the American way. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, depending on the status of the person steering the vehicle.
Danny Ainge is right, LeBron’s complaining is embarrassing and Riley’s shot at Ainge is even more embarrassing. And these are our champions? Please!
Here’s a new idea, how about LeBron James and Pat Riley shutting the f*ck up?