PAT Riley has denied a statement made by a minority owner of the Miami Heat that LeBron James attempted to have head coach Erik Spoelstra fired during his stint with the team.
In an interview with reporters, Riley said James didn’t ever approach him or asked him to fire Spoelstra during the now Cleveland star's stint with the Heat from 2010 to 2014.
“Not from him to me, ever. So a lot of stuff is following him out the door. Whether it’s right or wrong, it’s just the nature of it. But as far as that goes, no, he never, ever walked in and said anything,” said Riley.
Miami Heat part-owner Raanan Katz told Israeli radio that James worked to get Spoelsta fired, statements which he later retracted, saying these were taken out of context.