The dilemma we often face when projecting players is what to make of players with a huge improvement in performance and also when you learn things by watching games that will dispute the numbers. Read More. Written by Dan Hanner on Oct 20, 2014
INDIANAPOLISâ€” So here are the Miami Heat back in Indiana. And here are the Indiana Pacers, talking again. ToLeBron James, it is all so amusing. In advance of Tuesday's game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, James noted the cockiness of the Pacers during last season's Eastern Conference semifinals, when Indiana took a 2-1 series lead only to fall in six games, the series ending on the Pacers' home court. "They took a 2-1 lead and were really excited about what was going on and they were talking a lot," he said. "They felt like they were the better team, we took control of the series." James said he continued to take note. "But they've been talking a lot," he said. "I read a lot of clips they had before the season, said they were better than us and they should have beat us, so we'll be ready." James said such an approach is not his way. "I'm not one to talk much, honestly," he said. "I just do it on the court. I let my game do the talking, but it is amusing sometimes, you see guys, you see teams talking and they didn't beat you." He said there is a time and a place. "I've always kind of been after the fact," he said. "If I hear someone talking, then I will have a conversation with them, or say my peace out on the floor, but I will never start it up. "My Little League coaches wouldn't allow us to do that. They always told, 'Just let your game do the talking.' " That didn't stop James from working out in the offseason with Pacers swingman Paul George. "He's continued to grow," James said. "And with growth also comes confidence. I think the good thing, which is a bad for them, but it's a good for him, is they haven't hadDanny Granger. So it's allowed him to grow and kind of fill in that role, the No. 1, or whatever the case may be, a role when he's had more opportunities to showcase what he can do."
Well, he doesnt really talk that much trash given how good he is. And he actually is right about never really starting up with anyone. Mind you this is the best player in the NBA...if he wanted to talk trash, it would be okay. But he doesnt.
#12 Re: LeBron James calls Pacers cocky... Tue Jan 8, 2013 5:03 pm by MrBigShot
He's the best player in the league and is just coming off a championship. He can say whatever he wants, and he has the game to back it up. He's definitely said some silly things in the past, but I feel like he's made a drastic improvement in maturity since then. I think that summer after he lost in the finals changed him a bit. He seems at peace with himself, as strange as that sounds.
The LeBron of today is different than the guy fortelling 7+ rings imo. I don't think he's as cocky as he use to be.
"They say you miss 100% of the shots you take" - Mike James
#14 Re: LeBron James calls Pacers cocky... Tue Jan 8, 2013 5:04 pm by Spurtatcus
One thing you can say about LeBron is that he doesn't talk trash, doesn't loose his cool, and let's his game speak for itself. He may have some stupid off court antics or may have said some dumb things in the media but he's never directly smack talked anyone that I can remember
#18 Re: LeBron James calls Pacers cocky... Tue Jan 8, 2013 5:09 pm by Jase
DGrangeRx33 wrote:Calling himself "The Chosen 1" and "King James" and so on, predicting 8 Championships, then to call someone else cocky is just kinda ironic to me.
This is sig-worthy.
LBJ has been better as of late at appearing humble, and his comments aren't waaaaaaay out there, but he probably could have worded them differently. He seemed to elevate himself while being passive aggressive towards the Pacers. It's like he said "I do things right, they don't."
"A winner listens. A loser just waits until it's their turn to talk."
#19 Re: LeBron James calls Pacers cocky... Tue Jan 8, 2013 5:14 pm by xxSnEaKyPxx
Yea, I could care less if he is calling us cocky. That doesn't bother me at all. Honestly, we are kinda cocky, I was pissed at Granger last year because I believe he is what set James and Wade off(he kept trying to get in James' face). I understand why LeBron is saying that and I have no problem with it.
I simply think its funny that he is calling other people cocky, then talking about how he has NEVER been one to talk before accomplishing something. I get that he doesn't do it much anymore, but he said he has "never" been one to do that. Thats all I'm saying.
#20 Re: LeBron James calls Pacers cocky... Tue Jan 8, 2013 5:21 pm by Mikey111690
He just won a championship, was the MVP, finals MVP and won a gold medal all in the same year. He's also the best player in the game. He can talk if he wants, but like he said his game does the talking. The Pacers on the other hand like to talk when they haven't accomplished a damn thing.