LeBron James Responds To Frank Vogel’s Comment About Miami Heat

LeBron James Responds To Frank Vogel's Comment About Miami HeatESPN’s Michael Wallace originally reported Pacers head coach Frank Vogel made a dismissive comment with regard to the defending NBA champions following his team’s closeout victory over the New York Knicks in Game 6 on Saturday.

‘Just the next team’

Vogel stated that Miami is “just the next team” in the way of Indiana’s quest for the Larry O’Brien Trophy, and Heat superstar and reigning MVP LeBron James took issue with that in Sunday’s practice. Wallace documented James’ response to Vogel’s barb at American Airlines Arena on Sunday:

We’re not just another team. I don’t understand what he’s saying. But we’re not just another team. That’s not true. He said we’re just another team in their way. We’re a great team. If we’re just another team, you really don’t prepare for just another team. You have to prepare for us. …

We’re very confident. We’ll be ready for them. We don’t need bulletin-board material. We’ve heard everything, we’ve seen everything. But I would say we’re not just another team, though.

‘Great respect’

On Monday, the Indiana Pacers released a statement from Frank Vogel in response to LeBron James’ remarks:

“Sorry sports world, the words ‘just another team’ never came out of my mouth,” he said. “Great respect for LBJ and the champs. Looking forward to [a] great series.”

How will this “feud” affect both Miami and Indiana’s Eastern Conference Finals play out? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: Matt Fitzgerald, Bleacher Report

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Pacers Fan Rejects Spike Lee’s $40K Offer For Courtside Seats

Pacers Fan Rejects Spike Lee's $40K Offer For Courtside SeatsAccording to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star, not even a $40,000 offer from New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee was enough to get one Indiana Pacers supporter to part with his courtside seats for Game 3.

‘Most Wanted’

“Spike Lee reportedly offered $40K for four tickets next to Pacers bench for tonight’s game, but seat owner Stewart Reed turned him down.”.

It’s a little-known fact that most post offices in Indiana feature a picture of Lee tacked to the “Most Wanted” bulletin boards behind the counter. In addition, most restaurants lose their licenses if they serve him food.

‘Barking up the wrong tree’

In other words, if he wanted a favor from a Pacers fan, Lee was barking up the wrong tree. Besides, we’re painfully close to the anniversary of the moment that set Knicks and Pacers fans at each others’ throats in the first place.

Lee might be responsible for He Got Game, but he certainly doesn’t “got ticket,” which is a delightfully ironic development.

If you were Stewart Reed, would you also turn down the $40K offer for your courtside seats? Or, would you instead forget that you were a Pacers fan and happily walk away with the 40 grand? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Source: Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report

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