It looks like there’s a rift between Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Miami Heat president Pat Riley.
James and Riley haven’t spoken to each other since James bolted the Heat to go back home to Cleveland five months ago.
James isn’t opposed to speaking with Riley, but he’s not going out of his way.
“If the opportunity presents itself, I don’t mind,” James told reporters via the Miami Herald. “But I don’t know what his mindset is.”
The Heat beat the Cavs, 101-91, in James’ first game back in Miami since rejoining Cleveland during the offseason.
Miami fans gave James a standing ovation after the Heat organization played a tribute video. Riley stayed in his seat and appeared disinterested while the video played.
Check out Riley’s reaction starting at the 50-second mark:
In a telling move that shows just how ticked off he is, ESPN reported that Riley stood to applaud following a highlight video for Cavs forward James Jones, who played for the Heat from 2008 to 2014.
Earlier this week, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he and Riley learned that James was jumping to the Cavs just 20 minutes before James made his announcement in an essay published by SI.com on July 11. But Spolestra isn’t holding any grudges.
“I look at the situation he was in, and I don’t know too many people that wouldn’t have made the same decision he made,” Spolestra said.
While pictures of James remain in Miami’s American Airlines arena, and even in Spolestra’s office, it’s clear that Riley doesn’t have any plans to settle the rift with James anytime soon.
Meantime, James appreciates the support that Miami fans showed him.
“I think these fans are great,” James said. “I always talked about them, and always said that, and they always showed their loyalty.”