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Spoelstra's job safe?

Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 1:26 pm
Posted by Royce Young

With the Heat's failure, many feel like blame has to be pinned on someone. And who else to look at than the head coach.

But according to the Boston Globe, Erik Spoelstra's job is safe. For now.
Miami team sources said Erik Spoelstra’s job was never in jeopardy this season and he will get an opportunity to make another NBA title run next year. The Heat will have to rework the roster around James, Wade, and Chris Bosh. Miami was forced to sign a group of aging veterans to minimum contracts because of salary-cap issues.
Spoelstra didn't coach a perfect postseason. But I'm not even sure if he did, that the Heat would've been victorious. The Mavs were simply better. Some might say that's Spoelstra's fault for not figuring out how to win, but give credit where it's due: Rick Carlisle and his Mavs just did a better job in four games. And they deserved to win.

It's easy to just point at Spoelstra but the team's issues are deeper than that. And if you can Spoelstra, it'll take about four seconds for someone else to hire him. In fact, some team might unexpectedly fire its coach just to hire him. He's a very good young coach. And he was put in an incredible circumstance this season, trying to figure out how to manage a collection of talent playing together for the first time. Getting to the NBA Finals wasn't an easy task.

Fire Spoelstra and hand the job to someone else and that new guy is back to zero in terms of figuring out how to make that roster work. The new coach has to start all over with understanding what works, what doesn't and connecting with LeBron, Wade and Bosh.

Unless of course it's someone that already knows the situation well, someone that's already close. You know who I'm talking about.
Category: NBA

Since: Jun 14, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2012 10:01 am

Spoelstra's job safe?

Did not think LJ helping coaching stuff on motivating the team and making an amazing play during the finals. LJ made me wrong on my prediction. I still think that Spo is not avery good coach. Timu@[Miami]

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:23 pm

Spoelstra's job safe?

Reminiscent of a young coach named Byron Scott at New Jersey...  Thank you for taking us to the're fired. Similar personalities... young brash... I am gonna say he's screwed by the middle of next season. That way Pat only has to coach half the season.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:23 am

Spoelstra's job safe?

i know if spolestra had won he would have been crowned like a king but if you break it down spolestra isnt right for the job for several reasons

-no respect.....when the heat ran iso after iso after iso call a timeout to run another iso it shows that they dont care nor trust in erik. i know erik had limited plays but im sure he didnt call for iso after iso

-young...plain n simple hes very young and doesnt have experience in keep star players happy. bosh wasnt very happy all season, bron got ran thru the media like lindsay lohan wade is wade. you need experience coach wise to handle all the personalities

- pressure. yes miami is ahead of the curve thanks to boston dumb trades but they still should have won the series esp when they had a 15pt lead at home in game 2. i knew that this team had to win by atleast 5-8 bc were very predictable in clutch situation(iso iso iso)

-this isnt his team....this is pat rileys team and for what ever reason he feels like he doesnt need to coach them. miami can cruise control in the regular season and still be a no worse 3 seed, the big3 have soo much talent that if they run certain plays and actually have an offensive book they would destroy most teams

-doesnt know how to use his struggled with 3's but yet you have bibby/james jones/house/miller/chalmers. outside of chalmers all the other guys are streaky and can hit 3 in a row very quickly but yet jones didnt play much after boston, house played last game and added 9pts. erik was outcoached we all knew that would happen but he still had the horses to win this no matter how thin they were bench wise

miami will be back but they need an elite coach or they need to get lebron an offensive game in the 4qtr

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:17 am
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Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 11:30 pm


Lisson, i"m an idiyot. I meen totolly stoopid. i doant noe a thing abowt basketbawl or forth kwarter koaching or nuthinn, butt evin I koood hav owtcoached Spoelstra the way he wasted timeouts, etc.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 10:56 pm

Spoelstra's job safe?

This is a pretty spot on short article.   Spoelstra was out coached but Carlisle has always been a very underrated coach.   Heck even Phil Jackson was out coached by him in the play offs.  if Spoelstra is fired the only person who could do better is Riley.  Having 2 stars and 1 great player is a unique situation and does not fit the typical 1-5 position approach.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 10:45 pm

Spoelstra's job safe?

@ Boltnut

Didn't Phil Jackson compare the Heat to a video game? among other things?

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 8:37 pm

Spoelstra's job safe?

The answer isn't always signing another superstar. You need role players to show up. They do need a penetrating PG but Wade and Lebron do that plus that takes the ball out of their hands and guys of their caliber need to have the ball in their hands. Bibby and Chalmers played pretty good in this series. People please stop discrediting these players who work hard. Validate them.Yes they do need a new coach or Spoelstra needs to hit the gameplan harder.

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 8:28 pm

Spoelstra's job safe?

Should his job be safe? On the biggest stage of the game he was clearly outcoached, and I mean in almost every aspect of the game. Rick Carlisle made an adjustment that pretty much worked for anything Spoelstra threw back at him. The chess game was won in game 4. Miami wasn't focused enough to win the first two vital games in Dallas. If they had gone up 3-1 it would've game,set,match. Bring Phil out of retirement.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:19 pm

Spoelstra's job safe?

This is crazy, "It's never the players fault"

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