Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 1:45 pm  |  29 responses

Miami Heat Extended Head Coach Erik Spoelstra’s Contract

Pat RIley confirmed this afternoon that head coach Erik Spoelstra’s contract situation has been resolved (terms of the deal were not released.) From the Palm Beach Post: “Riley on Spoelstra’s contract status: ‘Erik’s contract HAS been extended. We have one of great young coaches in the league … We want him to become a Hall of Famer.’ When was it taken care of? ‘Recently. Thirteen seconds ago. If u were tweeting.’ Riley on Spoelstra: ‘Contrary to what people might think, I am not a helicopter flying over him all the time. I give him freedom and space.’ Riley says Spo wouldn’t ‘have never been a lame duck coach, even though you would have made him one.’ Says they extended so no team would steal him.”

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  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    WOW. Spoltra must be Diesel to Pat Riley’s Brüno …

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21


  • neaorin

    If Pat Riley says he’s a great young coach, who are we to disagree.

  • Harlem_World

    It could be worse…can’t believe nobody has gotten Del Negro out of LA now they are trying to be serious. Spo isn’t the guy, but Del Negro couldn’t coach pee wee league

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    Neorin: everyone who watches him?

  • Lew alcindor

    Wasn’t he supposed to get fired last season?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Did anyone but me see the Heat’s defense last season? After only one season together? Not to mention the previous season that consisted of DWade and ducktape. Spo is fine; I’m fine with him. Now if PJ wants to come back, that’s another story…

  • neaorin

    Jukai: except, apparently, one of the best coaches in existence – and ironically, the man most people want coaching the Heat instead.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Defense is not the issue, offense is.

  • clydesays

    He’ll never get full credit or blame having 2 stars on the roster who like to dominate the ball & freelance on offense….

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Offense really shouldn’t matter when you have three elite scorers, two elite passers and smart bball IQ guys coming off the bench like Haslem, Miller, and Battier. No excuses Heat fans. Your team is to beefed up to be complaining about a coach whom one of the greatest coaches of all time thinks is good enough for the gig. It shouldn’t take Spoelstra orchestrating some crazy offense t6o get these guys to win it all. Here’s your offense; Run, Run, Run! When you can’t run you put the ball in D-Wade’s hands for some isolation plays. Come playoff time you add in a couple plays to keep things from becoming stagnant. A 5th grader should be able to “coach” these guys to a chip.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    ^^My thoughts exactly the trio of Lebron/Wade/Bosh is too much for defenders to handle even if they didn’t have plays.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I still want phil jackson to get his a$$ in there and coach them but whatever smh

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    Neoron: you’re talking about the guy who mentored Spoelstra doesn’t want to admit the possibility that his mentee might suck?

  • OTB

    All I know is that this means more dramatic speeches at every half time, every pre-game, and every post-game locker room meeting. Erik “Denzel in Remember the Titans” Spoelstra.

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    LakeShow: weren’t your mourning because one of the most complicated systems in history is being replaced by the “drop it in the post and try your best” offense?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ lol. Great nickname.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ OTB.

  • Ldub20

    @LakeShow….had some good points. However Miller and Haslem werent on the court much last season due to injuries. And when they were…they werent at 100% which effected the team. Battier hasnt stepped on the Miami court yet, so he doesnt count. It’s a little bit harder to coach talented guys than people assume. And if you arent getting your touches on offense (as an offensive minded player, in which all 3 of them are because they were the go to man on their respective previous teams)….its hard to change your mindset and say “im going to defend all game/season and not worry about getting mine”. How do you tell 3 unselfish offensive minded guys to be more selfish? Chemistry was off but I feel this year its Heat all the way. If they didnt have a 66 game season…I was willing to say its going to be 60 plus wins.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Jukai, no.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ldub, Yeah it’s difficult to coach super talented stars, but lets not act like it’s as bad as coaching really crappy players. The offensive playbook doesn’t need to be “the 7 steps to success within the triangle” type of difficulty though. I don’t think he’s great I just don’t think he needs to be. Same as I feel with Mike Brown with the Lakers. He doesn’t need to come up with anything elaborate imo.

  • KSupreme

    This is probably cause Eric does whatever Pat says….In Shaq’s book he talks about how Pat Riley always tried having ish done his way while SVGundy was coach…SVG is a waaay better coach then Spoelstra…Also, Spo is most likely following suit with Mike Browns style, bowing down to Lebron, and letting him run free to do whatever…except this time Wade and Lebron get to push him around….Eric is on that LBJ/DWade/Riley d**k….no matter how you slice it, he’s at the bottom of the Miami Heat food chain ahead of the bench warmers…

  • Dr. DL

    I have come to expect rampant hate in the comments section every time the Heat come up. They are not my team, but I’m still glad that they are what they are. It was about time somebody put together a roster like theirs. And I also am very impressed by Spoelstra as a head coach. I’ve been aware of him ever since his playing days at the University of Portland and he’s always been a guy with a keen basketball mind. Then he climbed his way to the top, starting as just the film guy for the Heat, then becoming their guards’ coach, and now in the limelight as head coach for possibly the highest profile team in the league at present. And he’s done well. That must be a tough squad to coach but his charisma and basketball IQ make him a great fit in South Beach. He’s not going to wrestle for the spotlight like some of the front-runner big name coaches might, but he will motivate and lead his team. People assume he is Pat Riley’s puppet or some sort of figurehead like British royalty, but I personally think the guy is enjoying the fruits of his labor and doing a fine job of it, too. He is a player’s coach as far as his mindset goes, and is especially good at helping his guards find a way to flourish. He was a big part of turning Dorell Wright into the player he is now, for example. I’m happy for him and he deserves respect.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    They got to the Finals on Spo’s watch.
    I mean… DESPITE.
    They played for the Title on his watch.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    AND Riley has agenda(s).

  • Justin G.

    I don’t understand the hate for Spoelstra. You guys act like it’s so easy to get a team to be a well oiled machine in just one year. “Well, they have so much talent it should be easy”. So ridiculous. Even Phil Jackson didn’t get the Bulls into the Finals right away. He’s only 90-74 as their coach and the first season was, as has already been pointed out, Dwayne Wade and a bunch of other guys. All of the armchair GM’s and coaches on this site really make me laugh

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    Justin: it’s not like Spo tried this and that and the chemistry wasn’t jelling. It’s that the players had to COMPLAIN before Spoelstra actually began running plays. Spoelstra actually said that they didn’t practice ANY type of offensive set in summer camp. I don’t care how good your point guard is; Magic’s Showtime, Stockton’s Jazz, Nash’s Suns, they all had complex offensive systems. Hell, Jason Kidd used to call out plays.
    So to say that Wade and Lebron should just be able to “create” for people is monstrously false.
    I was also quite upset with the adjustments Spo made during the playoffs. Which was, you know, nothing.
    He’s got a great defensive set but I’m worried if they go against a team that is doing something different which is throwing the Heat in whack, he can’t adjust in-game. He needs to look at footage.
    Hey, don’t think I don’t blame the players at all. Lebron and Wade could be working their own two-man games, I heard they’re just gonna let that “come naturally” again. Ugh.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    As a prominent member of the duct table lobbyist association, I would like to point out that Cheryl’s “DWade and ducktape” comment is a typo. I can assure you that no ducks were hurt during the 2007-2008 season. Rumors that Pat Riley used oil-slicked ducks as hair gel are unanimously false.

  • Justin G.

    Fair enough Jukai, but it should be pointed out that he is also learning. Being with the team the amount of years he has is different and I’m sure he felt a lot of the pressure to do everything right as well. It’s a learning process for him as well. I believe this year and next will be when we see if Riley is right about this guy.