24/7-365. Basketball Lives Here.

Heat Co-Owner: LeBron James Left Miami Because They Wouldn’t Fire Erik Spoelstra

A few days ago some disappointing reports came out which highlighted the rusty relationship between LeBron James and former Cavs coach David Blatt. These reports suggested that James basically bullied Blatt out of Cleveland.

Now, Raanan Katz, a minority owner of the Heat says that LeBron tried to get Erik Spoelstra fired multiple times as well. Katz says that when Pat Riley called James into his office and let him know that he doesn’t run the team and that Spo would not be fired, the four-time MVP decided to go back to Cleveland. Via Sun-Sentinel and Bleacher Report:

“With the Miami Heat, LeBron James—before and after his four seasons when his contract was up with the team—made it clear that he wanted to dump head coach Erik Spoelstra. At one point, [Heat president] Pat Riley called LeBron into his office said that no one will tell him how to run the organization. Riley told James that Spoelstra is his guy and that firing Spoelstra is out of the question. That was the main reason LeBron returned to Cleveland.”

In the wake of coach David Blatt being dismissed last week by James’ current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Katz was quoted by respected international basketball reporter David Pick on Twitter as saying on Israeli radio of James, “He tried the same with Spo, but failed.”

Reached Tuesday by the Sun Sentinel, Katz said, “That was my opinion. I am very careful with what I say. I have no knowledge of what happened.”

A Heat spokesman said before Tuesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center that there was no such attempt by James.

These latest reports pretty much suggest that James is uncoachable, but according to some reliable people, they are not true.

1 Comment

  1. hey

    February 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *