Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  26 responses

Pat Riley: Erik Spoelstra Is Safe

Riles publicly backed his embattled coach, saying this is just a rough stretch for the Miami Heat and their coach, and that things will be fine. The Star-Ledger reports: “No, the subject of crying didn’t come up, because that subject is — how should we phrase this — stupid. So what’s wrong with your guys?: ‘Hey, look, tough times are good times for me. But don’t make me go there today. You know what’s going to happen if I do that? In New York, if I didn’t create a crisis with the Knicks, the crisis was created for us. In Miami, it needs me to help it along just by opening my mouth.’ Did you look online this morning? There was yet another headline about Erik Spoelstra’s job security. ‘Write it off. Write it off. It’s the media being neurotic. It’s their need to make a story, create a story, and make that story come true. And that ain’t going to happen. Write it off. We’re just in a tough time right now, we’ll get through it.’ It’s not so much a tough time as it is remembering to play basketball in the last minute of these close games, instead of that iso garbage you keep resorting to? Anyone can defend that. ‘I know they’ll get it. But everyone has to overreact to things right now. We’re going through some tough times and we will get through it. It’s like anything else, like I always say, the playoffs will tell. Everything else now is just rhetoric. And we’re getting ready for that time. And I don’t really care what position we play from.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Now all Pat Riley needs to do is give Spo a blue tooth headset to use during the game so Riles can tell him what to do…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Write it off guys. Looks like Spoelstra is here to stay. Sucks for Heat supporters.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Pat The Rat in full effect.

  • http://www.hbo.com/the-wire/index.html jasondolemite

    Spo will be fine, and so will the Heat. It’s only the first year, and these guys are still very young with big egos – bron the most, but they’ll get it together.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    So E, the insider info you heard regarding Spo’s demise: still on point? Even after this?

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Spoelstra is safe wink wink!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    He’s as good as gone…..the problem is Riles doesn’t want to do it now….Arison and his son want it NOW!!!! Spo was basically told in a roundabout way that a title this season will equal a job in 2011-2012. Anything short, sayonara. Seems like an unfair verdict, but that’s the nature of the game. Arison is less than thrilled with the way the season has panned out. He was assured that the Heat would be doing incredible things from the beginning of this “creation”. His returns haven’t been all that off the charts.


    even Riles is cool with Spolstra. So I guess his superstars are not listening to him then.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    He’s accepting of Spo’s shortcomings…there’s a difference.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    C’mon, how long before we get a “LeBron is an uncoachable cancer” thread going?

  • Fat Lever

    Can we put any merit into Riles’ words given his track history? When he talks about job security for Spo, to me, it’s empty words.

  • Chris_Griff_3

    I honestly don’t think Miami Heat will ever win a championship with this group of guys. Maybe Lebron or Wade with a big man and solid role players can get it done. I don’t think Wade AND Lebron on the same team can make it happen, though. I also find it hard to believe that Miami would trade Dwyane Wade, seeing as he’s been their franchise guy since he’s been there and has already delivered a Diesel-powered Championship back in ’06. Lebron is virtually untradable. Not sure how they’ll get out of this one unless they trade Bosh for a better big man that is getting paid about half of what Bosh is making. That, and Miami’s front office better hope the league doesn’t go for a hard cap next year.

  • Chris_Griff_3

    They would have been much better had they held onto Dorrell Wright. He’s really come into his own this year.

  • T-Money

    Call me crazy but I think Phil is angling for the job if things go really bad in MIA.

  • neaorin

    I think Riles knows this group of guys is not really a favorite to win it all this year. It was always about adding solid role players by using the MLE in the upcoming offseason(s). I think mid-March is too late to be changing the coach if you fancy yourself a contender anyway.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai


  • T-Money

    haha, fair enough. let’s just i wouldn’t be totally suprised if jax found a way to south beach.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Phil in Miami is probably not that far a stretch. Give him a year off to relax and perfect his meditation technique and he’ll be itching to take a talented team to the promised land.

  • Mike From Spain

    Did Spo hire a new bodyguard?

  • Riggs

    “thats what he told me” stan van gundy screamed from orlando.

  • http://bashmo_4@hotmail.com bashmo

    Neaorin is certainly correct…mid march is far too late to change coaches. Spo aint going anywhere, at least til the middle of next season, depending on how these dudes are doing on the court. For now, they have to get back to playin ball and forgetting the media.

  • dsleepy

    but why would he go to miami if LA is still waiting for him?

  • Mike Mihalow

    I wonder if Mike Brown would feel safe in this condition.

  • Felix

    You know what, after reading Riley’s comments… Operating on the assumption he knows more about basketball than I do- If Pat Riley believes Spo can coach the HEAT to the championship, I’m going to trust Pat’s Basketball IQ.

  • the truth

    @dsleepy cause kobe is on his way out

  • MikeC.

    I can see Spo getting canned early next season if the Heat don’t come out and win their first 10 games, and Riley doing his greasy old “Well, I guess I can slide down from the GM office to coach this team because the heavy lifting is already done” routine. He let SVG take the lumps while the Shaq-Wade team gelled and learned how to work together. He’s letting Spo take the lumps this year, Riley will add some quality pieces to the bench in the offseason (CBA pending of course), and he’ll look like a genius when he wins more games with a better team. And Spo will take a year off to let his ulcers heal and resurface with an up and coming team in a couple years.