Heralded as the greatest player on the planet, and the first in a long time with the potential to contest for the "greatest of all-time" title, LeBron James' game has few areas that need improvement. Having won back-to-back titles, and MVPs (four in total), Erik Spoelstra wants to see James win the Defensive Player of the Year award.
“This year, it would be great to see him be acknowledged for the defensive work that he does,” Spoelstra said, planting the seed while at the same time saying that’s exactly what he wasn’t trying to do. “There’s no one else in the league that can do what he does. He’s been banging on that door, getting close. I don’t want it to be a campaign. It has to be earned. But he has that type of potential to be Defensive Player of the Year.”
Spo is right, LBJ has come close as he was second in voting for the award last year losing out to Grizzlies big man, Marc Gasol. LeBron has continued to work on his game this summer and add more to the offensive arsenal, as he seems to realize that the only way to stay on the top is continually strive to be better, which is why this is a smart move by the Heat coach. By planting the seed early in the media, he's also making his all-world forward think about it.
It doesn't seem that complacency will set in place for the Heat, but it will be one of the biggest factors for them to battle this year in their quest for a third straight title.