Lebron James and Dwyane Wade brushed aside criticisms after Thursday’s team shootaround about the Miami Heat potentially losing the Eastern Conference Finals following the team’s Game 5 home loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, according to Ethan Skolnick of The Palm Beach Post:
I don’t hear it until I get around you guys, because I don’t really get involved,” LeBron James said after Thursday’s shootaround. [Y]ou know how long me and my friends have been hearing things about me? We don’t let it bother us at this point. We’ve heard way too much over the years… So it’s nothing for us.”
The Heat are now down in the series 2-3 heading into Thursday nights game in Boston. Wade said he and his teammates aren’t bad people despite all of the negative attention his team has received this season, particularly during the conference finals, amid expectations for a championship:
“Like I continue to say, the world, everyone has an opinion, everyone can use their opinion,” Wade said. “The only thing I’m concerned about is every individual guy. I mean, I know every individual guy in this locker room is a good individual person. Whether you like us together as a group, that’s for you to decide. But as individual people, we’re not bad people at all. So you can’t necessarily worry about it.
I guess, when you decide, especially this year coming off of last year, when you decide to to sign up for this, you kind of should know what you’re signing up for. When it’s great, it’s great. When it’s not, it’s not. Ain’t no ifs, ands or buts about it. Ain’t no gray area, ain’t no in between. I don’t know. I think everybody came in with the right mentality, because every day they came in and worked, and they have the same goals that we all have. That’s to compete and win a championship. That’s all you can ask for. We don’t have bad character guys.”