LeBron James said on Wednesday that Nets forward Reggie Evans will get a lot of press after what he said about the Heat’s championship from last season, and he certainly predicted correctly.
Word got around to Magic Johnson, who had this to say about Evans:
Telling Evans to keep his mouth shut is harsh, but Johnson does have a point. You never want to do or say anything to provoke the best player in the NBA, which is precisely what Evans did – whether he meant to or not.
To his credit, Evans said he was somewhat misquoted and the whole thing was blown out of proportion, from Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:
“Well, I didn’t say it didn’t prove anything. Those were not my exact words,” Evans said during an interview on SiriusXM radio’s “Off the Dribble” show. “I just said they won a championship in a lockout season. That’s what I said. So I never downplayed it or nothing, I just said they won a championship. That was really about it. I guess people just took it out of proportion.”
Evans later said: “One thing about me is like when I’m gonna talk about you, I’m pretty much gonna say it in your face. I’m not gonna go in the media and say it to the media. It was kind of hilarious to me because I think it was blown out of proportion because that’s not my DNA. I don’t throw jabs through Twitter or social media. I don’t do that type of work. It’s cool. I’m not dwelling over it. I just think it was taken way out of proportion and stuff like that.”