Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
MIAMI — Following the Miami Heat has become as entertaining as watching the latest Charlie Sheen video, and the Los Angeles Lakers are joining the fun.
As the Heat tried to regroup after their fifth straight loss and prepare for a big test against the red-hot Lakers tonight, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra all but dismissed Chris Bosh’s pleas about wanting more low-post plays.
“We need more paint opportunities,” Spoelstra said Wednesday, “not just from Chris, but from all of our guys working together.”
Bosh’s displeasure seems to have been building over time. Last Sunday, he got only one shot in the fourth quarter of a one-point loss to the Bulls — a game that Spoelstra said left at least one Heat player in tears.
LeBron James insists Bosh can get more chances.
“If Chris wants the ball and wants to be more aggressive and wants to be more inserted into the offense, all he has to do is ask for it,” James said. “When’s he’s productive, we’re a better team.”
The fallout from “Crygate” — the term coined by Spoelstra after the loss to the Bulls — has made the Heat the butt of jokes around the league.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson joined the fray, telling reporters Tuesday: “This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed. Big boys don’t cry. But if you’re going to do it, do it in the toilet, where no one sees you.”
Lakers star Kobe Bryant was asked on ESPN 710 in Los Angeles whether he has ever come close to crying in the locker room. “No,” Bryant said. “Uh, no.”