MAMBA MILESTONE, MIAMI MELTDOWN

As Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest player ever to reach 26,000 points, the Miami Heat slip to 5-4.

Just before the start of the season, LeBron James said this in an interview with Slam Magazine:

“We came here to win and win now. This isn’t a ‘gel’ year for us. We want to get it done now.”

Confidence or hubris, you decide. Either way, he and the Heat are so far failing to fulfill the promise. Just two days after blowing a 22-point lead and losing to the Utah Jazz, the so-called “Big 3” took an L (in their own house), courtesy of the Boston Celtics.

In fairness to LeBron, he did come within a cat’s whisker of a triple double (35 points, 9 assists, 10 rebounds). And yes, it’s always going to take some time for a such a new-look team to start clicking properly. But still…did ANYONE forsee a 5-4 start? I certainly didn’t. Neither did Jeff Van Gundy. Check this flashback:

“They will break the single-season win record [of 72]…They will never lose two games in a row this year.”

Hmmmm….

Almost as unimpressive as the Heat’s early record has been the attitude of the team’s stars so far. Check Bosh as he choses simply to stand and watch as 6′ 1″ Rondo drives the lane for the slam.

Also, note how James subtly tried to blame Coach Spoelstra’s rotation decision for the latest loss.

“For myself, 44 minutes is too much. I think Coach Spo knows that. Forty minutes for D-Wade is too much. We have to have as much energy as we can to finish games out.”

Obviously you can’t write the Heat off yet. They will not be .556 for the rest of the season. But opponents are certainly loving the Florida floppage so far. Check Paul Pierce on Twitter after beating ‘Bron and the boys:

“It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis”

But whilst Miami feel the Heat, the Lakers have been cruising. Bar a loss to the Nuggets the other night, they’ve been looking every bit the Championship team they are…and Kobe set another milestone this week as he become the youngest player in NBA history to reach 26,000 points.

Speaking of crazy achievements, Kevin Love’s 31-point, 31-rebound performance last night marked the first 30-30 game since Moses Malone in 1982. It helped earn the T-Wolves their third win of the season – but they still sit third from bottom in the west with an abysmal .300 record.

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