Miami Heat reportedly frustrated with Coach Erik Spoelstra
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.
| November 29, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
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