Erik Spoelstra was LeBron James' head coach for four seasons in Miami. Now, the Heat will take on the legendary NBA player in the Finals.
Miami topped Boston in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night. The Heat advance to the NBA Finals, where they'll take on LeBron and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Following his team's Game 6 win, Spoelstra was asked about the matchup against LeBron James. He had a simple response.
“That’s a great storyline,” Spoelstra said, via Heat Nation, before adding: “Can you let us enjoy this for right now? This is hard to do. It’s hard to get to this point. I want our guys to recognize that and enjoy it.”
The Heat made four straight NBA Finals with LeBron James from 2011-14. The team won two championships, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs. However, the run ended with a 4-1 loss to San Antonio in 2014.
Now, the Heat are back in the NBA Finals, but LeBron James and the Lakers stand in the way of a championship.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m. E.T. on Wednesday evening. The NBA Finals will be televised on ABC this year.