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LeBron James joined 790 The Ticket in Miami with The Jorge Sedano Show to discuss preparing for Philadelphia, using Pat Riley as motivation, whether the backlash from former players after his decision rattled him, how the Miami community has embraced him, and his evolving relationship with coach Erik Spoelstra.
On preparing for the 76ers:
"Honestly, we all kind of talked. It is special. The postseason is a little bit more preparation… We came in yesterday, got some packets that was much bigger than the ones that we get for the regular season… It's very challenging. It's more mental than anything else in the postseason."
How Pat Riley inspired him (including by putting his rings on the table during the free agency process):
"That has some truth to it. Pat has definitely been around the block once, or more than once, and won a few NBA championships. That's my inspiration, so I couldn't turn that down… I grew up seeing a lot of film with him patrolling the sidelines… It was great to actually be in the room with him."
Did the backlash from former players, who called him out after his decision, bother him?:
"It didn't. It was surprising, but it didn't bother me. You never know what guys are going to say. I knew I made the right decision and I can't make decisions and worry about what other people or other historians are going to say about my career. Everyone lives their own career and I set my own path."
How has the Miami community embraced him?:
"It's been unbelievable. This community and the fans here in South Beach, and not just in South Beach but every part of Miami so far, has embraced me and welcomed me with open arms… They kind of respect me [out in public]. Miami is used to seeing a lot of celebrities and things like that. Me being new in town, they respect me… We're still learning each other."
On his relationship with Erik Spoelstra:
"I think it's evolved tremendously. We're learning together. This being my first year with Coach Spo and this being his first year coaching me, we're still learning each other, but I think it's evolved over the preseason, to midseason, to where it is now. We can look at each other and know exactly what we're thinking. I just try to be that extension, that extra coach on the court for him, while he's patrolling the sidelines."
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