Originally posted on SportsBlooded  |  Last updated 4/12/12

Games in professional sports are won between the lines. It is the players who have to come through on the field, court, or ice, but the preparation that is done before they start playing is what makes champions. Gone are the years in which teams could come to their games with some basic knowledge of their opponents and use their talents to will their teams to victory. It is now mandatory that all coaches and players spend countless hours dissecting their opponents through game film, stats and tendencies and develop a game plan to attack these tendencies.

One of the featured articles in this week’s ESPN The Magazine is about Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra and his preparation for their match-up against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls earlier this year. Spoelstra has been the coach of the Heat since the 2008-09 season and has sported a 148-98 record, which has included a Western Conference Division Title in 2011. Since 2010, the Heat have been known for the big-3- Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, but credit for some of their accomplishments should be attributed to Spoelstra and his ability to get his team fully prepared for each of their regular season and post-season match-ups.

Brian Windhorst’s article gives readers some in-depth knowledge into the intensity of the research Spoelstra and the rest of the Heat coaching staff goes into for all of their games. Spoelstra, like his predecessor Pat Riley, is an avid film watcher and with the help of Synergy Sports Technology, he’s able to look at as much film as he wants on any given basketball situation. Within minutes of a game ending, thanks to his coaching staff and Synergy Sports, Spoelstra is able to see film on the Heat’s latest game and games from their upcoming opponent. This up-to-the-minute access is a gift and with this gift comes a huge responsibility. Watch as much game film as humanly possible. The film is available and the coach that takes full advantage of this gift will be able to develop the most strategic game plans that will help their teams win.

This is not only true for the NBA, it’s true for all of professional sports teams. Where Synergy Sports Technology helps NBA coaches, it’s True Media in the MLB and The Sports Exchange in the NFL. These and other similar companies have grown a business by appealing to the stat and film loving coaches in professional sports. The addition of these companies have changed the way coaches do their jobs.

For more info about Spoelstra’s preparation, check out Windhorst’s article here.

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