In a sign that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is still has a ways to go in being media savvy, he didn’t regret saying that there were players in tears in the locker room after a loss to Chicago the second he said it.
But he has come to regret saying it.
Spoelstra was on the Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz on 790 The Ticket in Miami (via Sports Radio Interviews) and was asked if he’d like that one back.
I wouldn’t have said it [the players were crying after the Chicago Bulls lose]. I mean the players…we don’t have a problem with it because everybody has been in a situation where their words have been taken out of context. In a strange way we’ve all been through this together and everybody in something where they have tried to say something to the team that has been taken out of context and it strengthened us. I brought it up to the team the next day and there wasn’t any broken trust. You know you’re in front of the media three times a day eventually something you’re going to say is probably not going to have the meaning you would have expected. I wouldn’t have said it if I had a do over just so I would eliminate one more distraction, but my point about it was the guys do care. I think it is great that we have some incredible, incredibly competitive, self-willed guys in this locker room, but this means a lot more to them, their profession.”
Um, to be clear, your words were not taken out of context. Here’s the video. You said there were players in tears in the locker room. There were players in tears in the locker room.
Now, did some people take something you said almost as an aside to mean something other than you intended? You bet. You tried to show that your players cared and were passionate, some people tried to spin this as the Heat were soft. Those people are wrong and you are right — I’d rather have a team crying and upset after a loss rather than joking and dancing around. But the words were in context. You just need not to say them.
Now, let’s just forget this silliness and move on to important things like how LeBron’s NCAA bracket is doing.