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David West, the People’s Champ

David West is taking charge of the Indiana Pacers. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

David West is saying everything to rile up the Pacers fans. West is perpetuating the idea that they are indeed the underdog by saying that they deserve to be here.

As oxymoronic as it sounds, West is fiery about the issue of being underrated, furthering the idea of them being underrated.

After yelling at his team to get off the floor immediately after winning game two, West again demonstrated in his game three post-game interview that the Pacers will not go down easy.

“We will not back down or take anything from any team,” said West to SI.com. “We are not going to be pushed around.”

In order for the Pacers to shed the tag of underdog, they need to avoid sounding like one in interviews. They should not just say they deserve to be in this position, but accept that they are in this position. Live in the moment and give the impression that this is how it was supposed to be all along. It goes back to the fundamental idea of walking the walk and not talking the talk. Actions speak louder than words. You know the drill.

West, meanwhile, is putting his stake in the ground as leader of this Indiana team in just his first year in Indianapolis. His leadership will be good for a team coming into its own and finding its identity.

For now, Indiana remains the underdog that refuses to be identified as such by hinting at the fact that they indeed are an underdog. Confusing, right?

However, as long as the Pacers continue to do most of the nation a favor by beating the Heat, I don’t see NBA fans complaining.

DWHINE Wade: Heat Unhappy with Loss

Wade

The struggles didn’t seem to end for Wade in Thursday’s loss. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

After Thursday night’s 94-75 blowout loss to the Pacers, it is safe to say that Dwayne Wade is not a happy man.

Wade finished the game 2-15 from the field, netting just five points. Wade did not make a shot the entire first half.

The climax of Wade’s frustration occurred in the third quarter when he got into a confrontation with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. Wade chewed Spoelstra up and down, even dropping his gum in Spoelstra’s ear while yelling into it.

Once again, like I wrote yesterday concerning the Lakers, the Heat need to cool down. They need to focus on what they do well.

This is another case of a team playing with a tremendous amount of talent, an amount that is far too much for the coach to handle. Much like Mike Brown, Spoelstra does not have the personality to handle all of the personalities on his team.

The Lakers, however, showed improvement last night – at least for 46 of the 48 minutes. As I said, they needed to come together and realize what with which they were working. The defense improved and the Lakers very nearly pulled out a difficult road victory.

Meanwhile, the Heat are now in the same situation. They need to realize they have the best talent and potential in the league. They must play as a team. Right now, the Thunder and the Spurs have the best teams because they play as teams. The players on those teams are comfortable with one another and work as a cohesive unit.

The Heat need to put it all together as do the Lakers. Granted, playing without Chris Bosh does not help Miami’s cause. Roy Hibbert put the hurt to Miami’s frontcourt Thursday with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Hibbert also added five blocks on defense.

Give credit to the Pacers for taking advantage of the poor teamwork displayed by the Heat. Miami needs to be careful because there is no doubting the momentum being in Indiana’s favor. This team came to play. Fans only hope that the Heat show up as well.

Shots will come for Wade and the Heat, but forcing the issue will not work. They must be patient and utilize the skills they possess. They are undersized, unmotivated and unhappy right now. Teamwork can turn that around with a quickness.

Are we really still booing LeBron?

Are we really still booing LeBron James? Really?

I guess I don’t get it. Just a few minutes into Thursday’s Heat v. Bulls game, Chicago fans booed LeBron each time he touched the ball.

I can’t believe fans aren’t over that yet. Why boo him? What did he do that hundreds maybe thousands of other NBA basketball players have done in the past?

He left Cleveland for Miami. Get over it.

What is being accomplished by hating LeBron? Does it make people feel that much better?

What people are doing by being anti-LeBron is missing out on one of the best players the NBA has ever seen. You don’t have to be his number one fan, but at least appreciate what the man does. He’s provided us with the spectacle of great basketball and he has an amazing story.

All but maybe 25 percent of NBA fans are taking that gift and crushing it into the dust. Why?

What’s wrong with LeBron having confidence? Swagger? The will to win? What’s wrong?

The bottom line is LeBron James is a great basketball player and a joy to watch. Why spoil it by booing him? Let’s watch and let’s enjoy.

Hot Hot Heat

LeBron JamesAre the Miami Heat being written off too early? It seems the “Big Three” project has been deemed a failure too early.

In their first season playing together, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh pushed the Dallas Mavericks to six games in the NBA Finals. Is a second place finish that bad?

No, they didn’t win a title. No, they weren’t clutch. But if this is the worst we’re going to see Miami play, who’s to say they won’t win “not five, not six, not seven” NBA titles?

If this offseason is any indication, the Heat, James in particular, have a renewed focus. In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, James addressed his villain status and ultimately pushed it away. He wants to get back to having fun.

What critics say is true, it appeared that James had almost no fun playing basketball last season. When people watched him play alongside fellow superstars in the 2008 Olympics, they saw him having fun. And judging by the Redeem Team’s performance that summer, superstars having fun on the basketball court equals trouble for opponents.