Athletes shaken by Connecticut shooting

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra walked off the court following

his team’s practice Saturday morning, took a seat behind a

microphone and started speaking his mind.

His words had nothing to do with basketball.

Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., was the primary

topic for the Heat, even though they were gathered to finish

preparing for a game against Washington. Spoelstra called the

deaths of so many innocent victims ”despicable.” LeBron James

used the word ”devastating.” Udonis Haslem said he tears up

whenever he thinks of what happened.

Said James, the league’s reigning MVP: ”Basketball, this is

nothing. These games are nothing compared to when you have a

tragedy like that.”