Miami's Dunkadelic Flight-361 All-Star Team Needs a New Pilot
LeBron James the defending 2-time NBA MVP made some noise when he bumped coach Eric Spoelstra last Saturday evening during a 106-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. For the "Bump" to become an issue there is a serious cause of concern for the Heat as a team.
After the disappointing loss the team had a player's only meeting (it's like a Jay-Z song 'Excuse Me Coach'). Let's look at this in more detail. The coach is bumped by a star-player. The much hyped 3-man "Dream Team" is a mere 9-8 (the New York Jets who proclaimed themselves as the Miami Heat of the NFL has just as many wins 9 playing in 6-fewer games). Players on the team are frustrated and are letting their feelings be known to the media.
This is a recipe for a coaching change.
At a recent shoot-around 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."
Phil Jackson the 11-time NBA Championship coach of the Lakers and Bulls has basically called out for Spoelstra's head. Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy ( one of the notches on Jackson's Championship belt responded to Jackson's comments) stands up for Spoelstra. Spoelstra is his own man and should stand up for himself. This move is not going to help him get more R-E-S-P-E-C-T from his players.
Dwyane Wade has made it clear that he dose not want Heat President Pat Riley to come down and coach the team. Riley is very strict coming from the University of Kentucky where he was coached by legendary coach Adolph Rupp. Wade who has played for Riley understands that there might be a change in the near future if things don't get turned around.
Wade said after the Dallas loss, "I don't worry about changes," "I can't control them. Only thing we can control is our effort and the way we play."
The Heat will get another chance to beat up on a lesser team when they face the Washington Wizards tonight at home to reach double-digits in wins with 10.
Miami will face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night when LeBron James makes his much anticipated return to Cleveland.