Conflicting reports have circulated regarding LeBron James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ ceremony and the Miami Heat’s thoughts on their star’s attendance.
The latest, right from the mouth of Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, is that James is planning to head to Cleveland to watch the jersey retirement of his former teammate and the Heat are fine with it.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com writes that Spoelstra said the Heat have been aware of this for months and that members of the team’s staff, including former Cleveland assistant Ron Rothstein, will also make the trip.
"I think it’s an incredible night; it was very touching that Big Z would reach out to Ronnie," Spoesltra said. "We have the ultimate respect for Big Z and we view him as a Miami Heat guy even though he’s as much of a Cleveland Cavalier as Udonis Haslem is to us."