LeBron Motivated by Evans’ Comments
Reggie Evans said just nine words to a single reporter Wednesday morning. It was dismissive and competitive but just his personal opinion.
“It doesn’t prove nothing, that was a lockout season,” Evans said to the New York Daily News about the Miami Heat’s championship last year.
When LeBron James heard the comment about an hour later, he was mildly annoyed. By the time he was back in his hotel room and saw how it was being portrayed on television and the Internet, he was downright angry. He fired off a tweet about it, and when he arrived at Barclays Center, his mood was elevated.
They’ve played just fine: They’re in first place, have three All-Stars and — after Wednesday’s 105-85 victory in Brooklyn — Erik Spoelstra is a win or a New York Knicksloss away from being named Eastern Conference All-Star head coach.
Maybe that would’ve happened anyway had Evans not made that little comment. But it sure seemed to be kind of kick-starter the Heat seem to need this year to get energized.
“It did [motivate],” James said. “You can’t just come out and say something like that versus a champion.”