Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra can breathe a little easier.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that Heat president Pat Riley has extended the contract of his head coach so that he can guide the development of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh without fearing for his job security.
Erik's contract has been extended," Riley said, declining to give the length of the extension.Spoelstra came under fire at the start of the 2010-2011 season, when the newly-formed Big 3 got off to a slow start. He weathered that storm, thanks to Riley's steady backing, and guided Miami to the 2011 NBA Finals, where they collapsed in dramatic fashion against the Dallas Mavericks.
"We have one of the great young coaches in the league," Riley said. "He's the perfect coach for this team. He never would have been a lame-duck coach."
Spoelstra, 41, is entering his fourth season as coach of the Heat. His career record is 148-98.