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07:12 AM ET 06.13 | Not one to hold his tongue, Metta World Peace, unsurprisingly, has a take on these NBA Finals. The pressure surrounding LeBron James and the Miami Heat is beginning to build. The defending NBA champs face a 2-1 deficit in the Finals to the San Antonio Spurs and at least one former champion believes the Heat aren't just being beat on the court but also between the ears. "Mentally, the Spurs are strongest right now," Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace told ESPNLosAngeles.com. ... "I think LeBron and (Chris) Bosh, they want it to be given to them. I don't think they're taking it upon themselves like a (Michael) Jordan would have done." Referring to the Heat, World Peace added, "They do have the best team, but if they don't play like the best team, they're going to lose."

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June 13, 2013  07:29 AM ET

Metta knows how to work hard

June 13, 2013  07:34 AM ET

Lol, maybe this will be finally be enough anger to "fuel" LBJ.

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June 13, 2013  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

awww shut it MWP..worry about not getting bounced in the first round

Correct

June 13, 2013  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Lol, maybe this will be finally be enough anger to "fuel" LBJ.

If this doesn't do it, then nothing will.






<lays down sarcasm card...>

June 13, 2013  08:20 AM ET

The league office and zebras will do whatever they can to help Miami. They've been doing that for a long time... no wonder many have lost interest in the NBA.... like myself. I won't bother watching Lebron and the biased officiating... there's better things to do in life.

June 13, 2013  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Lol, maybe this will be finally be enough anger to "fuel" LBJ.

I hope not. I want the Heat out of this thing ASAP.

June 13, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

awww shut it MWP..worry about not getting bounced in the first round

its true though.
Surprisingly, Colin Cowherd was blasting Miami yesterday saying they were getting hard to like because they only play when they want to; that they spend too much time worrying about how they're dressed and need to iron their socks.

I don't usually agree with anything he says, but this one made me think.

June 13, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Too many excuses right now. The Spurs will never get credit but I believe their defense has a lot to do w/ the Heat choking. There's a lot of pressure on the Heat tonight especially w/ Parker not being healthy. If the Heat wins the finals w/ Parker injured then there will be an asterisk on that championship again. Now if the Heat lose w/ Parker injured then the Heat is not as great as most people think...

June 13, 2013  08:33 AM ET

"I think LeBron and (Chris) Bosh, they want it to be given to them. I don't think they're taking it upon themselves like a (Michael) Jordan would have done."

Enough with the Jordan comparisons all ready. Lebron is proving he is no where near Jordan!

June 13, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

its true though.Surprisingly, Colin Cowherd was blasting Miami yesterday saying they were getting hard to like because they only play when they want to; that they spend too much time worrying about how they're dressed and need to iron their socks. I don't usually agree with anything he says, but this one made me think.

He actually blasted his god Lebron just like what Ghost did for the first time yesterday afternoon...

June 13, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Lebron is no Jordan, but this series is far from over. One win tonight and we will forget the 3 bad performances by lbj tonight. Wade and bosh aren't exactly stepping up. the heat need this series more than the spurs. Pop and Duncan's legacy is secure and a loss won't affect how I view them. James and the heat, they can't afford another finals loss without becoming a punchline. As great as lebron is, if he goes 1-3 in the finals people will call him the a-rod of the nba

June 13, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Lebron is no Jordan, but this series is far from over. One win tonight and we will forget the 3 bad performances by lbj tonight. Wade and bosh aren't exactly stepping up. the heat need this series more than the spurs. Pop and Duncan's legacy is secure and a loss won't affect how I view them. James and the heat, they can't afford another finals loss without becoming a punchline. As great as lebron is, if he goes 1-3 in the finals people will call him the a-rod of the nba

Yeah. As much as I hate the Heat, and I do certainly HATE the Heat, I have to wonder why so many are ready to count them out. The Heat are a good team. They are very much capable of comeing back and winning this thing. I hope they don't. But its just foolish to think this thing is over.

Now, with that said, if they don't win and tie it up tonight. It's all but over.

June 13, 2013  08:51 AM ET

*coming

June 13, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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As great as lebron is, if he goes 1-3 in the finals people will call him the a-rod of the nba

I think an overwhelming majority would still try to call him the GOAT.
I, after watching The Doctor last night, will NEVER think that.

June 13, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I think an overwhelming majority would still try to call him the GOAT.I, after watching The Doctor last night, will NEVER think that.

I have never called him that. As much as he has in the way of skill and physicall ability, he lacks just as much in character and mental toughness.

June 13, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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I think an overwhelming majority would still try to call him the GOAT.I, after watching The Doctor last night, will NEVER think that.

I don't think they can with any validity. Sure the new "hipster" generation will, but nobody really cares what they think.

June 13, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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I have never called him that. As much as he has in the way of skill and physicall ability, he lacks just as much in character and mental toughness.

Yes indeed, can't be the greatest to do it by proving you're anything but that on the big stage.

 
June 13, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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Yeah. As much as I hate the Heat, and I do certainly HATE the Heat, I have to wonder why so many are ready to count them out. The Heat are a good team. They are very much capable of comeing back and winning this thing. I hope they don't. But its just foolish to think this thing is over.Now, with that said, if they don't win and tie it up tonight. It's all but over.

I agree and I share your sentiments doc. I'm just not ready to dance on their grave yet. They lose tonight and its over. Heat need this game and desperately need the series or lebrons legacy will be hurt

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