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[LeBron] seemed at peace with the decision. We don’t have any regrets. He shouldn’t have any regrets. It was a historic four-year run. This league does teach you that it’s inevitable that there’s constant change and you always have to continue to embrace change, adapt with change. This is a big, monumental change that we didn’t necessarily anticipate but you have to respect it because when you’re a free agent in this league you have the right to make a decision that’s best for you and your family. When he made that decision that was best for his family, where his heart is, all you can do from our side is respond with respect and love.

— Miami Heat coach Erik Spolestra in an interview with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, speaking for the first time since LeBron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers via free agency. In his essay that was posted on SI.com, James attempted to squash any talk of a rift between him and the coach, saying “I’m doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I don’t want anyone thinking: He and Erik Spoelstra didn’t get along. … He and [Heat president Pat Riley] didn’t get along. … The Heat couldn’t put the right team together. That’s absolutely not true.”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I keep hoping someone from Miami will say the wrong thing…just so Dan Gilbert feels better!

  • Dan Gilbert

    What a cry baby loser! Amiright!!?

  • RGB

    Well, something tells me Spolestra’s group of leftovers won’t go 19-63.

  • Harv 21

    classy. Textbook way to give a quote that helps your team by eliminating it as a future media distraction, regardless of how you really feel. Spoelstra’s all right.

  • pat riley said the wrong thing with his ‘winners dont quit’ shot across the bow and made the wrong move when he amnestied mike miller last year after saying he wouldn’t. riley showed he thought rpaul and lebron were children with his obvious attempted emotional manipulation in having dwayne wade ‘leave millions of dollars on the table’ when it’s obvious wade will be made whole and then some.

    and then there’s arison and his 6.5B net worth and his luxury tax aversion.

    we dont have to wait for miami to make a mistake. we just have to wait for espn to report on their mistakes and we will wait a very long time for that.

  • RGB

    “Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and f*** the prom queen.”
    – John Patrick Mason

    😉

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    No darn it!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    True that was before LBJ decided tho.

  • cmm13

    With all of this being true; Riley and Arison have 5 Finals appearances and 3 rings using the same methodology.

    Neither seem afraid of rebuilding at the drop of a hat.

  • WFNY_DP

    “Carla WAS the prom queen.” [cocks gun]

    –Stanley Goodspeed

  • Eric G

    Really? [look of impressed/disbelief]

  • MrCleaveland

    Eric finally sobered up enough to do an interview. Nice job. He did keep it classy. Good for him.

    His comment about a “historic” four-year run is an exaggeration, but what the hey, he’s wounded.

  • saggy

    how soon before this guy is coaching in the D-League?

  • saggy

    I know. I hope they don’t have those in their memory banks. I really hope they had to surf long and hard to find those.

  • saggy

    well, technically, it happened in the past, so it is history.

  • MrCleaveland

    Yes, but that just makes it historical, not historic.

  • Eric G

    Sadly, that is actually the next line. I was just playing along.

    #embarrassed

  • mgbode

    what? no way. The Rock was incredible and Cage at his best (better than Con-Air IMO). That was the best line sequence of the movie and there is no shame in having it by memory.

  • Eric G

    Cage at his best was Raising Arizona

    Side note: WOW, he was in a lot of movies

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000115/#actor

  • saggy

    indeed.

  • saggy

    i love the movie but it always felt like one of those movies that was written with making memorable quotes in mind. and it’s a little too tidy at the end.

  • mgbode

    It’s too tidy but in the same way 90s action movies were (Independence Day). Sometimes it’s nice to turn the brain off.

  • Eric G

    I should have also added that while he was at his best in RA, a good portion of that is a by-product of the Coen Brothers.