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.