At the end of the Cavs’ 99-88 win over the Indiana Pacers yesterday, the camera panned across the Cavaliers’ bench and LeBron James looked legitimately ticked off. At first I thought maybe there was some kind of problem between the Pacers and Cavs, but it turned out that LeBron was livid with teammate Anderson Varejao.
At the end of the game as the Cavs were running off the clock, the ball ended up in Varejao’s hands just outside the three point line and he decided to shoot one last time in an effort to put the Cavs over the century mark, thus giving Cavs fans a free chalupa at Taco Bell. In all liklihood, despite all the cheering, most fans never cash in on their “prize” but it doesn’t stop them from screaming like insipid little children every time there is a chance to score 100.
So Anderson Varejao shot up a three pointer that missed. LeBron James and his coach Mike Brown were none too happy about it.
- “We’re not that type of team,” James said. “He knows not to do that again; it is as simple as that. You never want to show off, and he definitely made a mistake and he learned from it.”
Coach Mike Brown also sat down with Varejao to continue to make the point and he also took the time to issue an apology to the Pacers’ team.
- “We’re up and we already know we’re going to win,” Brown said. “In a situation like that… we don’t need to shoot that basketball. We apologize for it if that makes them feel better. We’ll live and learn and we’ll move on.”
The Cavs have a pretty good reputation around the league and it is nice to see that even when someone on their team does make a mistake, that they take care of it the way it should be taken care of. The last thing that any team wants is to start being that special team that everyone guns for and hates. Those kind of emotion-fueled battles never favor the team that is expected to win. By being a “nice” team it is sometimes easier to lull opponents to sleep.
For those of you who were wondering who runs this team, just look to the fact that LeBron’s quote is first and strongest. He speaks on behalf of other players much like a coach would do.Powered by Sidelines