Reggie Evans is one colorful character and this time he’s taken a shot at the defending NBA champions.
In preparation for the third and final meeting between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat, Evans decided to sound off on last season’s championship won by the Heat. Due to the NBA lockout, the 2012 season was shortened to just 48 games and winning a title by playing that amount of games doesn’t mean much to the outspoken Evans.
“It doesn’t prove nothing. That was a lockout season,” Evans told the New York Daily News on Wednesday when asked whether beating the defending champs would prove something to the rest of the NBA.
Regardless of what Evans thinks, the Heat were the most dominant team in the league last season and their title proved that. Just because the 2012 regular season was practically cut in half doesn’t mean that their title was any less of an accomplishment than it would be in any other year. The Heat have the best player in the league, Lebron James, who is practically unguardable, but Evans even disagrees with that notion.
“Our team is defending the Miami Heat. If our team has to defend one person, LeBron isn’t going to score nothing. LeBron is no different from Joe Johnson or Andray Blatche. No different,” Evans told the Daily News.
Evans obviously does not have much respect for James or the Heat, but what qualifies him to say anything about the legitimacy of a title? He hasn’t won anything in his career. He’s been a journeyman defensive player with no real accomplishments to his name except personally violating Chris Kaman’s man jewels back in the day. His statement was basically meant to get under the skin of James and the defending champions, but the most it will probably do is motivate Lebron to beat up on the Nets even more tonight.
In their two previous meetings, the Heat have combined to beat the Nets by 43 points and although Brooklyn has come on strong under P.J. Carlesimo, who assumed coaching duties after Avery Johnson was fired, tonight’s outcome shouldn’t be much different than the previous games.