David Fizdale says LeBron James understood ‘what winning was’ in Miami

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David Fizdale was a part of the Miami Heat’s coaching staff, when LeBron James arrived in Florida in 2010. In four years, Lebron reached the NBA Finals four times and won two titles, before returning to Cleveland.

The former Knicks coach, David Fizdale joined Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles on the Knuckleheads podcast to talk on several topics. Among them was the fact that LeBron needed the Heat in order to establish a winning mentality.

“Miami was the absolute best place for him to go get his college education. Because he needed people that was goin’ to say no to him to really get him to understand what winning was,” Fizdale said, per Fansided.

“And once he got those four years of ‘college’ in with us, he took it back to Cleveland, and you saw he ended up winning it there,” the former Heat assistant continued.

The King introduced to people like Pat Riley, Udonis Haslem and of course Dwyane Wade that had the “know-how” on winning an NBA title that helped in his return to Cleveland.

LeBron James went to win the 2016 NBA title with the Cavaliers, the first in the history of the franchise, in his second year back to his hometown.

You can hear the rest of the conversation with David Fizdale here: