Les blames Wizards for losses…
Les and I talked about this the other week. Some players thrive when ‘extra motivation’ is given. You would think that Brendan Haywood would have learned that lesson by now. You would think that seeing LeBron continue to dominate DeShawn Stevenson would be a clue. One might think that after going down 3-1 in the best of seven that maybe the Wizards would have a little team meeting and agree to cool it on the LeBron trash talk. You’d think so wouldn’t you?
So this afternoon when the story came out that Haywood called LeBron a crybaby, I couldn’t believe it. But there it was–
“Awww,” Haywood said, in a whiny, high-pitched voice to mock James. “They are trying to hurt me.”
Haywood, who was called for a flagrant-two foul and ejected from Game 2 after shoving James, believes it’s time for Cleveland’s superstar to stop complaining.
“I mean come on man, this is the playoffs,” Haywood said following Monday’s practice. “He wears 23, he wants to be Michael Jordan, I can respect that, he’s a great player. You saw what Mike went through. Mike got fouled way worse than this. No one is trying to hurt him, everybody is trying to play basketball, trying to play tough. Play basketball and leave it alone.”
Whatever. Keep talking. But take notice of something Haywood and Stevenson. Next week when you’re sitting on your cans watching coverage of the second round of the playoffs, see how many times the Celtics talk smack about LeBron. I bet they don’t. Or go ask Rasheed Wallace how well talking trash worked for him and the Pistons last year. Idiots.