Heat Coach Talks LeBron Bump and Possible Mutiny

November 29, 2010 at 9:01 am by Terez in Eric Spoelstra, Miami Heat

I'm only as good as my top three players T..

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has strongly downplayed reports of internal conflict within the team and finally spoke about the bump heard round the world received from forward LeBron James during a third-quarter timeout Saturday night in Dallas. Of the bump with James, Spoelstra said after Monday’s shootaround at American Airlines Arena that it was typical of the chaos that can ensue when he heads to the foul circle to plot strategy and his players return to the bench. “I mean, I didn’t even notice until people mentioned it after that game,” Spoelstra said. “It’s a pinball game. I’m colliding into a lot of people.” Spoelstra said he did not see a reason to address the incident with James..”My job is to prepare this team and to get us ready for the games and continue to help us get better. That keeps my days full, and my nights.” Spoelstra knows he’s on his way out..there was even an incident where he called out LeBron for not taking practice seriously enough..Spoelstra said reports of friction were not worth addressing. “A coach-player relationship in this league often will be confrontational at times,” he said. Wade agreed. “Coach is a coach and he has to take hard stances at times,” he said. “Players and coaches are always in that kind of weird relationships.” The writing is on the wall..Thanks to @LaughAtLeBron for the tip..-TO

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