Los Angeles Lakers: crying

Erik Spoelstra, the Heat and the crying game

March, 7, 2011
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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Life after the All-Star Break hasn't been particularly kind to the Miami Heat, the Lakers' hosts this upcoming Thursday. They're 4-6 in their last 10 games, with the most recent four losses coming in succession. More ominously, this streak features story lines stirring the pot even further. The Heat can't maintain big leads. The Heat can't close the deal in tight contests. The Heat have no crunch time offense.

And now, the Heat cry after losses.

After Sunday's down-to-the-wire loss to the Chicago Bulls, Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra let it be known a couple of players shed tears after the loss. No names were mentioned, leaving folks to speculate the weepy parties -- Chris Bosh, who denied any water works, was openly suspected by Amare Stoudemire -- or simply picture the entire team passing around a Kleenex box. And predictably, the general reaction was along the lines of "what a bunch of (NSFW term for wimps)!"

Admittedly, I found the news quite surprising, but does it really constitute a crime against the unspoken "man" code? In my opinion, not nearly as much as the other violation in question.

Personally, I'm more of a "brood-and-drink-whiskey" type than a crier, but I'm also neither a caveman nor insecure with my masculinity. Thus, the notion of men crying doesn't automatically make me jeer "soft!!!" I'm not trying to "defend" whatever blubbering took place. I'm also not claiming crying is the ideal reaction -- we are talking about a regular season game played by professionals, after all-- nor one inspiring confidence. I just recognize that frustration sometimes boils over in ways you don't expect or can't control. NBA players aren't "warriors," "gladiators," or, if you prefer LeBron's tweeted cliches, "soldiers." They're human beings, and human beings sometimes allow emotion to win out.

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