Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra recently looked back at LeBron James’ time with the team and indicated that he wishes he had played James at center.
Erik Spoelstra puts LeBron James’ latest All-Star season in context and why he wishes he played LeBron some at center when he was with the Heat pic.twitter.com/Pw7fP7RLjg
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“He’s played the center this year, and I really feel remiss about that,” Spoelstra said. “If I knew he was willing to play center, I would have done that 10 years ago.”
Spoelstra and James are in Cleveland for this weekend’s All-Star festivities, though they’ll be on opposite sides during the All-Star Game. Spoelstra is coaching Team Durant, while James is obviously part of Team LeBron.
The versatility of James has allowed him to play all over the court during his time in the NBA. It’s certainly one of the most valuable aspects of his game.
During James’ four seasons with the Heat, the team reached the NBA Finals every year. In 2012 and 2013, the Heat captured titles.
Spoelstra and James will always have those pleasant memories. While James’ time with Miami wasn’t always perfect, it was certainly special, and the end result was a massive success for the franchise.
Spoelstra’s ability to briefly reflect on his time with James will likely come to an end after the All-Star break, as Spoelstra will have more important matters at hand. The Heat are currently tied with the Chicago Bulls for the top record in the Eastern Conference, with Spoelstra hoping that the Heat can make a deep playoff run.