The only head coach to have won anything with LeBron James stood there Friday night, muttering about how nights like this develop “collective character.”

Erik Spoelstra, like David Blatt, had to get used to having everybody read his body language or that of James in 2010, when the King signed up with the Miami Heat. Like Blatt, there were reported incidents of dissent. Like Blatt, there was what appeared to be a push – in the 17th game of the Spoelstra-James relationship, a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

But unlike Blatt, who was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night despite having the team in first place either because of James’ behind-the-scenes politicking or (perhaps worse) because general manager David Griffin didn’t think things felt right in the locker room, Spoelstra not only survived, the two of them won back-to-back titles. And when James returned to Cleveland there were times that people who knew him and Spoelstra said he sounded at times an awful lot like his former coach.

Eight years in, Spoelstra is part of the NBA furniture. While he must surely have felt for Blatt like other members of the coaching fraternity, his bigger concern was putting a healthy team on the court. Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic were both out for Friday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors, while Dwyane Wade rolled out of sick bed to play.