Apparently, the LeBron James-versus-a-coach saga continues. According to a sports radio show in Israel, a Miami Heat minority owner named Raanan Katz discussed the dynamics of the David Blatt firing. According to this transcript on the show, Katz touched on Blatt’s firing, LeBron’s ego and how he wanted Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra fired.
From Bleacher Report
On the relationship between Blatt and James:
“I spoke to David Blatt while he was here in Miami when the Heat played the Cleveland Cavaliers. He didn’t see it coming, but I could tell the situation wasn’t 100 percent working. I thought LeBron James had enough brains to make it work, though.
According to the transcript, Blatt had an issue with James’s attitude, which doesn’t work well with the new-found emphasis on team basketball thanks to the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
David Blatt’s main problem was LeBron’s attitude. I sat court-side during all the games Cleveland played in Miami, I was a few feet away from the Cavaliers’ bench, and I heard everything. There was no dialogue between Blatt and LeBron. Blatt would talk to Timofey Mozgov and the other guys. LeBron takes advantage of being an NBA superstar, and he needs to realize that it won’t work. Everyone saw how the Golden State Warriors beat LeBron and the Cavaliers a week ago. He has to understand that to win, the entire team has to be in sync.”
Lastly, he touches on why LeBron left Cleveland. When you do the mathematics, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. If true, this should definitely do more damage to the superstars public image and persona.
“With the Miami Heat, LeBron James—before and after his four seasons when his contract was up with the team—made it clear that he wanted to dump head coach Erik Spoelstra. At one point, [Heat president] Pat Riley called LeBron into his office said that no one will tell him how to run the organization. Riley told James that Spoelstra is his guy and that firing Spoelstra is out of the question. That was the main reason LeBron returned to Cleveland.”