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Posted at 1:03 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Miami Heat reportedly frustrated with Coach Erik Spoelstra

By Cindy Boren

Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade before Bumpgate on Saturday. (Associated Press)

Tonight, two teams will play an NBA game. One is bothered by infighting, rumors and failure to win. The other team is the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards may not have John Wall or JaVale McGee, but the Miami Heat, whom they play at 7:30 p.m. in Miami, appears to have lost its bearings.

The latest report concerning the uncertain fate of Coach Erik Spoelstra as he deals with talents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with Pat Riley looking over his shoulder, comes from ESPN and focuses on comments by unnamed players questioning whether Spoelstra is a good fit for this team.

"Right now, in my opinion, no one is doing a good job," Dwyane Wade said when about Spoelstra's performance. "We're 9-and-8. We're all in this together. The players are not doing a good job. The coach is not doing a good job."

Spoelstra, later Monday, said he'd spoken to James and added: "It always is a symbiotic relationship. I need the players but the players also need structure."

Miami has lost four of its last five games and, in Saturday's loss, James bumped into Spoelstra on the court, which, as everyone knows, is playerspeak for "I'd like a new coach, please."

Spoelstra is trying his best to tamp down that talk. "I didn't even notice it until people mentioned it after the game," he said Monday. "Often, coming out of the timeout, it's a pinball game. I'm colliding into a lot of people. So it's probably a perfect case of over-speculation from this team."

So it was nothing. Got it. "I think if it was a bump," Dwyane Wade said, "it was two guys walking at the same time. It was no disrespect."

What is indisputable is that the Heat is facing an important week. Players held a team meeting after the loss to the Mavs, probably a good idea with Clevemageddon -- the return of LeBron to Cleveland for a game against the Cavs -- on Thursday.

By Cindy Boren  | November 29, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
Categories:  LeBron James  
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When players collude to evade the rules of the NBA is it any wonder that when their decisions go bad they turn the blame on someone else? They got over on the NBA, the fans, the City of Cleveland and the owner of the Cavaliers, is it any wonder they will get over on their coach? The mental patients are running the asylum. There is no one in control in Miami. The players are bigger than the team. With players running the show,from here on out in the NBA we can expect all of pro basketball to go down in shambles. Most pro basketball players are broke within three years after leaving the game. Are these the geniuses we want to see making decisions on the NBA?

Posted by: 1bmffwb | November 29, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

It the coach fault we are not winning.

HAHAHA, the excuse will not work once you get rid of him and get your way.

I thought Lebron was so great and knew everything that he didn't even a coach. At least that is what his PIMP espn been tell us.

LOL oh this season is going to be even more fun than I thought.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | November 29, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Half the Heat players probably can't even spell or pronounce their coaches last name. LeBron is a punk. They deserve each other.

Posted by: randysbailin | November 29, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Lebron is a total punk. First he isn't Michael Jordan, doesn't have the will power or inner drive to be what MJ was. Second he is a disrespectful fool for bumping the coach. He is arrogant S.O.B, with an overinflated ego. I hope he never wins in Miami!!!
..."taking my talents to south beach." biggest fool in the world

Posted by: hp02 | November 29, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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