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Erik Spoelstra to Lebron James: “You Need To Get More Serious”

by Robert Littal | Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010

It was just a matter of time.

When you have players who want to “chill” and be the “King”, they never look at themselves in the mirror and would rather blame others.

So instead of asking themselves what they can do better individually, they just blame the coach because he is an easier scapegoat for their own failures.

Here are the details:

Sources say the players believe he is not letting them be themselves, that they are questioning his offensive strategies, and that they think he is panicking because he fears losing his job.

In contrast to the popular view that Spoelstra has been hesitant to jump on superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, sources say the Heat coach has shown no fear in criticizing them.

Exhibit A was a recent shootaround in which Spoelstra told James that he had to get more serious. The source said Spoelstra called James out in front of the entire team, telling him, “I can’t tell when you’re serious.”

“He’s jumping on them,” one source said. “If anything, he’s been too tough on them. Everybody knows LeBron is playful and likes to joke around, but Spoelstra told him in front of the whole team that he has to get more serious. The players couldn’t believe it. They feel like Spoelstra’s not letting them be themselves.”

According to the sources, the Heat players believe Spoelstra’s offensive strategies have been too simplistic. They feel like he is running nothing but pick-and-rolls and telling the Heat’s secondary players to find open spots on the floor for catch-and-shoot jumpers.

The sources said the players also think the constant speculation about Spoelstra’s job security is getting to the third-year coach and that he has resorted to nitpicking over minor details because of it.

To make sure I understand this, Heat players are upset because Spoelstra is holding them accountable? Lebron is upset because Spoelstra wants him to get serious about his work?

How dare Spoelstra speak to the King like that.

How dare Spoelstra not bow down to his superstars like everyone expects him to.

Who are these sources?

I bet their initials start with LBJ and CB. Whoever the sources are need not to be anonymous— be man and say it in public.

Spoelstra will eventually be fired not because of his coaching skill, but because he dared to question the South Beach NWO. At least he can walk away with his pride in tact unlike Mike Brown.

Pat Riley will not coach the Heat this season because he knows they are dysfunctional and not ready for title contention. He will wait until they are prime, then jump on the sidelines— he has no problem letting Spoelstra be the fall guy.

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