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Erik Spoelstra excited by 'blank canvas'

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is looking forward to painting "a blank canvas" after LeBron James' departure.

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The NBA's best player returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of last season, when the Heat went down to the San Antonio Spurs in the finals.

James' departure is a huge blow to the Heat, but Spoelstra was eager to move on as his team prepare for a new era.

"I'm looking at this as a blank canvas," he told media on Friday.

"We're looking forward to this challenge.

"That team, that chapter is closed. Going back to that? My mind is so far from that. We're reinvigorated by this process."

Spoelstra said he had expected change after his side went down 4-1 in the play-offs decider in June.

But the size of the change surprised Spoelstra, who is welcoming the challenge ahead of him and his team post-James.

"After the series ended against San Antonio, we all felt there would be some change," Spoelstra said.

"I don't know if we anticipated how big the change would be, but it happened. That's what pro sports is all about.

"We're looking forward to this challenge. It's been a different process than we've had the last four summers."

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