Erik Spoelstra may be the head coach of the Miami Heat but LeBron James is clearly the one running things. While he abides by the chain of command, he’s never been afraid to speak his mind and this has been seen time and time again. The most recent example saw him stick up for James Jones, someone he believes should be playing a lot more than he is at the moment.
“It’s the space that he provides, and his ability to shoot the ball,” James said of continuing to push for more of the veteran forward. “You can’t do both when he’s out on the floor: You can’t help on my drive and try to contest the threes on him. You have to keep an eye on him. We have to find some minutes for him. I don’t see why he shouldn’t play. He’s huge for us when he’s in the lineup. He’s big time.”
We sort of figured that Jones would have his minutes cut into against the Nets as Shane Battier matches up against some of the Brooklyn bigs a lot better than Jones does. Still, his offensive production is there and he’s a hustler, which means LeBron isn’t in the wrong for wanting to see more minutes kicked Jones’ way.
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