Before the Miami Heat went out and dominated the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, Reggie Evans threw fuel on the fire, devaluing Miami's championship in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season and saying LeBron James was no different to guard than Joe Johnson or Andray Blatche.
Bad idea, Reggie.
James went out and scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists, leading the Heat to a 105-85 victory. Then he ripped Evans after the game.
"You can't just come out and say something like that versus a champion," James said. "No one knows what it takes unless you've done it. You can't sit here and judge and talk about a team winning a championship unless you've done it. (Evans) hasn't done it."
Evans finished with no points and six rebounds in 20 minutes.
"I'm not going to sit here and give Reggie Evans a lot of press, because that is what is going to happen for the next couple days," James said.
James wasn't the only one who was upset. Nets forward Gerald Wallace ripped into his teammates after their third embarrassing loss in their last four games.
"Those are games that we didn't actually lose ... we got our asses kicked in all three of those games," Wallace said.
Wallace also doesn't think the Heat are 20 points better than the Nets.
"Are they a good team? Yeah, they're a good team. They're the defending champions. But I don't think they're that much better than us. I don't think they're 20 points better than us. I'm not saying that they can't beat us, but they're not 20 points better than us."