LeBron James’ move to the Miami Heat was a controversial one for everything it meant to the NBA.
The King left the Cleveland Cavaliers after seven years with the team, earning a lot of criticism over that decision by a lot of fans.
Even though so many people criticized that move, it worked out for James, and the player was fully committed to the team.
In recent comments shared by Boardroom, Erik Spoelstra discussed how focused James was during his time with the Heat, praising him for never acting unprofessional.
“LeBron was dialed into everything. Always one of the first in the building. Never late for anything, like a meeting, an airplane. I think it was almost an OCD that he had to be early just to go through his mental preparation. His locker was pristine… Sometimes players will have their whole season in front of their locker. We don’t let players do that…”
Erik Spoelstra on LeBron James' extreme professionalism is something we can all learn from.
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James has always managed himself this way, trying to lead by example and setting the tone for his teammates.
That’s how he’s become a very respected player around the league, even though many players want to beat him every time they clash.
The Heat took advantage of James’ perfect behavior, taking their culture to a new level, always thinking about winning and nothing else.
Miami went to four consecutive NBA Finals with LeBron on the roster, winning two titles in the process.
Things have changed now for the Heat, with Jimmy Butler leading the way, but the impact of LeBron on the team remains.
The King changed everything for this team on and off the court, and Spoelstra still remembers how seriously the four-time NBA champion took everything.
They couldn’t create a dynasty in South Beach, but James left many good memories there.
The Heat have tried to relive old glories, but they’re yet to win a title without James on the roster.NEXT: Stat Shows How History Is On Heat's Side In Eastern Conference Finals