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LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra have pregame meeting

Nov 29, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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Officially, no air was cleared. We all know that’s what it was — a clear the air meeting — but officially no.

Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James had a 30-minute closed door meeting before the team’s game against the Wizards Monday, talking about their relationship and the team. And probably about having fun.

“I call these ‘healthy conflicts,’” Spoelstra said. “I truly believe these are good for a team. As long as you can survive these, it’ll make you stronger. It’ll make your bond stronger.”

“I think there’s frustration from everyone,” James said. “As far as me and Spo being frustrated with each other, I don’t think there is. I have Coach Spo’s back or whatever the case may be. This is who we have.

“If I have something to say to Coach Spo, I’m going to go to Coach Spo. If he has something to say to me, which he’s done, he’s going to come to me. It is nothing I’ll take behind his back. I’ve never done that, I will not do that.”

So it’s all puppies and rainbows in Miami. No problems here.

James also said the bump was nothing and he didn’t mean to do it. Right. Bottom line Pat Riley doesn’t want to come down out of the ivory tower and take over this team so LeBron and Spoelstra need to figure out how to get along and make it work.

So best to clear the air in a meeting. However you wish to define it.

  1. downtowndanny - Nov 30, 2010 at 3:29 AM

    who cares? do you think Magic, Michael and Bird would be having these problems? I think not. The only one with heart is D Wade those other two, not so much…Wade is hurting the team because he’s being too diplomatic, he should just take over like he’s always done and let the other 2 get in where they fit in. Seems like he’s bought into the Lebron hype too. Do you think Mike would hold his game back, to let Magic get off? Prolly not, If Rileys is so smart how come he can’t find a point guard to run this team, I mean dam, Donnie Walsh got Danphony a pg, this should be a cinch for the smooth operating Pat Riley.

  2. edwardomolina - Nov 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    This was one of the very many to come complete games between Miami’s Three Kings. Kenton James played a great game as well as his counter parts. They all have to go out and play their own game and worry less about what the other is doing. D Wade has been doing his thing and Lebron has been more of a facilitator which is only apart of his game. Chris Bosh has to also play his game but he has to post up more to become more involved. When one of the three picks up the double team without penetration then they have to look for the open man and make the quick transaction. Let me remind all of u in the sport’s world that these three were all one of the top five picks in the first round. This trio is the greatest super power ever to combine forces for the greater good of one goal and that is the hoist the championship trophy over their head. Coach Spo may be good but you know who will come back before the season comes to a full head.

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