Around the same time Erik Spoelstra was putting out fires at today’s media session in Miami, Heat superstar Dwyane Wade was being asked the same questions. And while his answers weren’t exactly setting off alarms, there was no ringing endorsement coming from the face of the franchise.
As Ira Winderman reports for the Sun-Sentinel:
“Players and coaches, it’s always that kind of weird type of relationship. You don’t look at him and say, ‘That’s my guy right there,’ in the sense of me. Yeah, I came in when Spo was early in his coaching career. He wasn’t even on the bench when I first came in. He’s grown to know me; I’ve grown to know him.”
“He’s a different person and I’m a different player than when we came in,” Wade continued. “So, I’m not going to say he’s my guy, but he’s my coach, you know. We listen to him and try to execute a game plan and sometimes players and coaches get into disagreements. In general, that’s life with people. It’s the nature of sports.”
And just like that, the man who publicly lobbied on Spoelstra’s behalf just a few months ago is… Well, “I’m not going to say he’s my guy, but he’s my coach.” Make of that what you will.