Pat Riley: LeBron ‘did the right thing’ when he left Miami

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Miami Heat president Pat Riley is notoriously selective in terms of media availability and has said very little regarding the very public departure of LeBron James from Miami in 2014 as a free agent.

But in author Ian Thomsen’s new book, “The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown between LeBron, Kobe, Doc and Dirk that Saved the NBA,” the normally reticent Riley opens up with a number of scintillating details regarding his relationship with James — including suggesting that in the infancy of LeBron’s tenure with the Heat, LeBron nudged Riley toward descending from the front office to replace coach Erik Spoelstra.

During a loss to Dallas on Nov. 27, 2010, LeBron’s first season in Miami, a video clip of LeBron bumping Spoelstra as he strode toward the huddle during a timeout went viral. The team had lost four of five games at that point, dropping its record to 9-8, and held a long, private meeting following the game. ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported a few days later that players were frustrated with Spoelstra and

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23088267/lebron-james-did-right-thing-left-miami

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