Heat team president, Pat Riley, admitted that LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers was a shock to him.
Four time NBA MVP, LeBron James joined the Heat in the summer of 2010 in a shock to NBA fans all over the planet as he left his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. James, who moved to the Heat during the prime of his playing career, would prove a pivotal piece in the Miami franchise winning two National Basketball League Championships and reaching two other NBA Finals in which they lost. James won the league Most Valuable Player award two times as a Heat player and was the lead of the big three of Chris Bosh, James and Dwyane Wade. When James left the Heat in order to rejoin the Cavaliers in the summer of 2014, once again NBA fans were shocked. Heat president, Pat Riley, was among them.
“Since I came here, we’ve had the same owner, same president, two coaches, same support staff. We’ve got a bunch of guys working for us who played for us,” said Riley during an interview with The Vertical. “Players come and go, great players. When LeBron left, that was the most shocking thing to me — not to say he was right or wrong — and the most shocking thing to the franchise. But our culture is the same. You have your up years and your down years, but what can’t change is the way you do things.”