Found September 17, 2013 on
Filipino-American Eric Spoelstra is one of the top coaches in the NBA. Yes, you may think I’m crazy but he is and he has proven that.
A lot of fans, critics, players, and media don’t respect Spoelstra as much as they should, mainly because they don’t know how much of an impact he has on the Miami Heat organization. He’s young, smart, and knows the game. He cares about his players, wants them to become great athletes, and he’s proven that.
Spoelstra graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in communications. He was a basketball player and was one of the Pilots’ top players. Spoelstra was the starting point guard for four years and was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. Like many coaches, he was a player so he can relate in some way to his athletes. After he graduated he spent two years as a player and a coach for Tus Herten which is a German professional team.
So how in the world did Spoelstra become part of the Miami Heat?
Spoelstra was initially hired as the video coordinator for the Heat. He then was promoted to assistant coach/video coordinator, then to assistant coach/advance scout and assistant coach/director of scouting before finally obtaining the head coaching position. He served 7 seasons as the coach/director of scouting, and had the primary role of developing game plans for upcoming opponents.
It’s proven that Spoelstra knows what he’s doing. Why else would he get promoted to several positions and have all various roles for the Heat organization. During these years he was being shaped and molded into becoming one of the top coaches in the NBA. Pat Riley saw something that a lot of people didn’t see. According to NBA.com, Spoelstra helped design and integrate a proprietary statistical database and scouting software for the Heat. Under Spoelstra, the Heat continue to embrace the use of technology and continues to use the state-of-the-art statistical software to evaluate team productivity, individual player productivity and trends for both the Heat and the team’s opponents. That use of technology as a teaching tool also included putting the team’s video playbook on iPads for his players.
Spoelstra was Pat Riley’s first and only choice to be his replacement. That says a lot. Spoelstra, only 38 at the time, became head coach in 2008. Since Riley’s decision to make him head coach, the Heat have gone to the playoffs every season while making it to the NBA Finals for the last 3 years in a row.
Even with all of his success, some people still say it’s the players not the coach. People think LeBron James and Dwyane Wade just use their talents every year to win championships and don’t need a coach to actually draw up plays, motivate, study the other team, and critique his own team.
One thing I like about Spoelstra is he isn’t afraid to make risky moves. He draws up plays at the end of the game that set up other players to take the game winner rather than LeBron all the time. I’ve seen him draw up plays where he knows LeBron most likely will be double teamed so he’ll give Mario Chalmers or Wade the opportunity to take the game winning shot. He has faith in his team, not just in one player. In the Finals this year, game 6, he drew up a play that resulted in Chris Bosh being in great position to block that shot to end a game that the Heat should’ve lost.
To be so young, he’s had the foundation to make risky moves and be able to back them up. He’s a smart young coach and could possibly go down as one of the best of this generation. That speaks volume but his statistics don’t lie. Do you think you could coach LeBron, Wade, and Bosh to back to back championships? It’s not as easy as it looks. Having 3 big egos on the team probably isn’t easy to coach and it’s evident that it was rocky the first year they were together. For Spoelstra to figure out a way to work these 3 guys together is proof of how good he is.
BEST OF MAXIM
After taking about a week off — which is an eternity in LeBron James’ social media world — the newlywed made his return to Instagram. Of course, the Miami Heat superstar has been very busy with his nuptials, marrying longtime sweetheart Savannah Brinson (now Savannah James) on Sept. 14, smack dab in the middle of […]The post LeBron James returns to Instagram to post pics...
LeBron James and his new bride, Savannah Brinson-James had a strict no camera policy for their wedding ceremony on Saturday, September 14th. But for the good bye brunch on Sunday, photos were ok. Here’s your first look at Mr. and Mrs. James. Savannah is glowing! Congrats to the newlyweds.
And yes, I’m still working on photos of the wedding but by all accounts, she looked amazing...
LeBron James wedding wouldn’t be legendary if at least one person didn’t attempt to crash it and thankfully for LeBron’s case, he had two different people.
The first is believed to be a LeBron James groupie that hasn’t officially been identified (Bossip says it was Aljaree “AJ” Williams but hasn’t confirmed it) but here is what the folks over at Black Sports Online...
Lebron James and his new bride, Savannah Brinson are honeymooning in Rome, Italy. The couple was spotted arriving at Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Of course, the newlyweds can’t head off to their honeymoon without some sort of drama surfacing. Rumors of an alleged groupie/former jump off named Alijaree Williams tried to gain access to the couples wedding on Saturday in San Diego....
Cell phones were reportedly not aloud at LeBron’s three-day wedding extravaganza over the weekend at the Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego, so it was hard to find photos from the affair, but we were able to dig up a few. Here’s some pics from the wedding, which included a special performance from Jay Z and Beyonce.
LeBron and his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson
The Cleveland Cavaliers will have enough cap space to sign a maximum free agent, which has triggered speculation that LeBron James could return.
The Cavaliers could be an attractive destination to James due to the presence of Kyrie Irving and several other young, talented players. James also maintains a home in Akron.
"I guarantee you the Cavs are not counting on building around...
23. No, not Michael Jordan. No, not LeBron James while in Cleveland. The number 23 is the amount of consecutive losses The University of Kansas football team has away from Lawrence. The losing-streak reached 23 last Saturday after KU lost to Rice in Houston, 23-14. Once again, the Jayhawks were in great position to end [&hellip(Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)The post KU Football...
LeBron James, basketball historian, athletic extraordinaire. When recently asked who his top 3 players were in NBA history, he sat back, exhaled and thought a bit... he spouted out... #1 - Michael Jordan #2 - Dr. J. #3 - Larry Bird.
Throughout the 2012 season, the Indiana Pacers were an after thought. Rightfully so, as they have had very limited success as they have reached the NBA Finals once, in the past 13 years. But, they very quietly made a name for themselves, they took LeBron James and the Miami Heat to a game 7, however, ...The post Why The Indiana Pacers Are Miami’s Biggest Threat appeared first on The League News.
Throughout the 2012 season, the Indiana Pacers were an after thought. Rightfully so, as they have had very limited success as they have reached the NBA Finals once, in the past 13 years. But, they very quietly made a name for themselves, they took LeBron James and the Miami Heat to a game 7, however, ...The post The Indiana Pacers Are Miami’s Biggest Threat appeared first on The League News.
With the Oct 1st release date for NBA 2K14 looming, it only makes sense to have sightings of the players’ rankings. CBS Sports has given us our first look at some names on the list. It’s always interesting to see where everyone is as measures up, but there are some top mentions that basketball enthusiasts may find amusing.
· LeBron James – 99
· Kevin Durant – 94
Although Big Boi already lays claim to being the sock king, Cam’ron is looking to take the title of “Sock Game Lebron James” by opening up a DIPSET Pop-Up Shop with his Diplomats’ brethren at New York’s Poppington Gallery tomorrow.
After the smashing success of the pink hosiery displaying Killa’s face, the New York Hip-Hop collective released a Diplomats themed sock...
FOX Sports Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bucks announced today a 70-game telecast schedule for the 2012-13 season. The telecast schedule begins Fri., Nov. 2 against Boston with a special one-hour edition of "Bucks Live" starting at 5:30 p.m.FOX Sports Wisconsins 70-game schedule includes 35 telecasts at the Bradley Center and 35 road contests. "Bucks Live" on FOX...