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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday that the most difficult part of parting with four players at Thursday's NBA trading deadline was dealing point guard Norris Cole. "When you send a player like Norris Cole," Spoelstra said, "to another team, a two-time champion, somebody that came up through our ranks -- we developed him, we spent a lot of time when we drafted him -- that's always tough in this business. You hear it all the time, the cliche, 'it's a business'. But when you trade someone like that, you make that call, those are one of the tougher calls you have to make. He's one of my favorite players that we've had here, because of what I call his 'competitive character.' Norris is elite with that." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Welcome to the NBA," Spoelstra said. "Once you get to this month, it's rumors and stories out there are wild and 99 percent of them don't come true. You control what you can control. That's part of building mental toughness. We talk about it all the time. Does it affect your paycheck? Does it affect you doing your job? No." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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