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No crying in basketball? Well, Kevin McHale, the Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, says there isn't. So do lots of other former and current NBA players after hearing Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra say a couple of his players were shedding tears in the locker room after the Heat's loss to the Chicago Bulls Sunday.

No one really believed that Heat players would actually be crying after nothing more than a regular-season loss in a season that never seems to end. And sure enough, by yesterday Spoelstra was backing off his remarks, saying they were taken out of context.

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This will shock you, too: Spoelstra blamed the media for over-analyzing his comments and making a big deal out of a nothing incident.

And naturally, he avoided taking any responsibility for his role in the mini-media furor he called "Crygate" -- even though his comments started the whole thing.

By yesterday, his story about the cry-baby Heat players had changed significantly.

"Guys were very emotional about the (loss to the Bulls) in the locker room," he told the media. "Heads were down. I saw glossy eyes, but that's about it. I think everything else is probably an exaggeration."

So there were any real tears? No sobbing Miami players suffering emotionally from this devastating loss?

Thanks for clearing that up, Coach.

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