New Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has been around the game si...

Jon Spoelstra won't go as far as to stay his son was born to coach. "I wouldn't say it was a lifelong dream," the retired longtime NBA executive said Monday when his son, Heat assistant coach Erik Spoelstra, ... Full Story
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fanfromafar

Rishon Le Zion, Israel

#1 Apr 28, 2008
And there's the rub. Spoelstra may be a great coach, but he has shaped himself in the Riley mold....which is so far behind the times that you need a time machine to catch up. But then, if Riley is going to build the team and continue to pull all the strings, what else is there to expect?
This should be viewed as a lost opportunity to strike out anew. But that, of course, would have required Riley to resign where it really counts, from the front office as well. And Micky Arison still does not see the necessity of that.
Franco

AOL

#2 Apr 29, 2008
He deserves a chance......

Riley is great as a General Manager.
WTF

United States

#3 Apr 29, 2008
1983? Really? At the age of 13, he consulted the Trail Blazers. Come on Sun-Sentinel, do a little proof-reading before posting.
Niko

Tarpon Springs, FL

#4 Apr 29, 2008
Riley knows what he is doing and thinks Eric is gonna be a great coach. That's enough for me. I do believe its time for Riles to give up the seat on the bench. There was that survey of players asking which coach the would not want to play for ... I believe it was Riley who got the most votes. Young people don't usually respect older people. So this has a chance to grow into something good. Fanfromafar, you're an idiot!
Buddy Pressley

Greenville, NC

#5 Apr 29, 2008
They coulda had me.
WTF Read the Article

Miami, FL

#6 Apr 29, 2008
Slow down and read the article. In 1983 his "father" was hired to consult for the team. The article is just stating the fact that he has been around the game for a long time.
jtr

United States

#7 Apr 29, 2008
People lets gave this kid a chance remeber he was around with VAND GUNDY to before Riley took over the team again
Insane in the Membrane

Pompano Beach, FL

#8 Apr 29, 2008
The Jury is in: Riley and Aronson are Insane in the Membrane. Just when we need hope, they give us some kid who was the video guy as a head coach. Really. This is not a lie. No one would be so stupid as to think this is a joke. Apparently Riley and Aronson so lack for cahones and self-esteem that, in their absence, there MUST NOT be a person of achievement to steal the spotlight. If I was Dwane Wade, I'd look for a trade asap. There is absolutely no hope that the Heat under current leadership will ever content for a championship again. All the B players in the world will not a champion make and under the direction of an "F" coach, we will get whipped on tricks alone.
MTV Replay

Pompano Beach, FL

#9 Apr 29, 2008
The new 'thing' is multi-breed humans with no experience getting a shot at running the enterprize. The new guy is deeply experienced at hitting the rewind button on the video playback machine. That's it. Has he ever been a head coach? No. Will he know what to do because he saw it on a video? Not likely. Heat management will waste Wade's talents for the next couple of years before he is gone on a idiotic experiment to see if he can be a head coach in the NBA. Wade is fading fast and the ads with Bulbous Barkley are stupid at best. Time for everyone to retire, including paying fans.
SportyRB

AOL

#10 Apr 29, 2008
"1983? Really? At the age of 13, he consulted the Trail Blazers. Come on Sun-Sentinel, do a little proof-reading before posting."

Psst...read it again Einstein. The article alludes to Eric's father, Jon.
Luis from Miami_Florida

Homestead, FL

#11 Apr 29, 2008
He`s right. Erik Spoelstra will be a REALLY GOOD coach in the NBA. Having All-Stars Shawn Marion, Dwayne Wade will shurely help, butit`s a team effort. If the heat get a good bounce in the NBA Lottery coming in May, they will be there come playoff time next year. Plus the expirience these young Heat players have gained through their 15-67 season will definetly help.A good example would be Rondo from the Boston Celtics.There was great dought before his season started but he has actually fit in well with the Celts. Going back to Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra,he also has the NBA expirience as he has been around the frachise 13 years and more than a decade under Team President and Hall-Of-Famer Pat Riley. Not only in Miami is he considered an outstanding prospect, of a coach, but in other NBA cities aswell.
OLD BBLR

Boca Raton, FL

#12 Apr 29, 2008
WTF wrote:
1983? Really? At the age of 13, he consulted the Trail Blazers. Come on Sun-Sentinel, do a little proof-reading before posting.
You should go back and read the article, That was his FATHER in 1983! Don't always correct someone until you know what you are talking about!
yo dude

Bucyrus, OH

#13 Apr 29, 2008
under riley's thumb

that's all ya needs to knows
BeGeezus

Poughquag, NY

#14 Apr 29, 2008
Couldn't be more pleased than with the advancement of Spoelstra. I hope he is there for a long long time.
Ron

Gainesville, FL

#15 Apr 29, 2008
WTF wrote:
1983? Really? At the age of 13, he consulted the Trail Blazers. Come on Sun-Sentinel, do a little proof-reading before posting.
lmao...what a dumb fluck!

and all you guys saying Spoelstra's nothing but a video boy, do your research. He has coaching experience (been coaching our summer league teams the past 3 offseasons), andhas been groomed by Riles to be his successor. Looking at past Riley successors (Van Gundy brothers), I'd put my money on this kid.

If you really think Spoelstra will be old school, look at the SVG-led team that started 0-7. Nothing old school about them. Keep quiet until you see the team on the floor...be real Heat fans and reserve judgement until you actually have something to judge.
Anthony

Oceanside, CA

#16 Apr 29, 2008
He ain't getting respect from his players. Not with that hairdo.
Mike

Pompano Beach, FL

#17 Apr 29, 2008
There are so many great college coaches out there... and they take the video kid. Oh my gosh! I cannot believe this!

What is his salary? 30k a year?
joe bagadonuts key largo

Miami, FL

#18 Apr 29, 2008
u thought last season was ugly,chk the mug on the coach,yikes.
Jeez

Miami, FL

#19 Apr 29, 2008
joe bagadonuts key largo wrote:
u thought last season was ugly,chk the mug on the coach,yikes.
Other than Larry Brown, what college head coach has had success in the NBA? Yeah, that would be none right? Do you remember the great Rick Pitino and even our very own Leonard Hamilton? No wonder why you aren't in the front office.

If you're going to rebuild something, you might as well start fresh and provide guidance. Not all players with experience will become good coaches and lots of good coaches out there might have never played in the NBA. Do you prefer Isiah Thomas instead? He has lots of experience as coach and GM. What about Michael Jordan? He was a great player right? Oh, maybe we can call up a Laker great like Magic or Kareem to coach. Tired of using retread coaches like the Doug Collins, Hubbie Brown, and Mike Fratellos of the world. New people need chances and if they fail, you find someone else or find a successful NBA coach down the line. NO MORE RETREAD COACHES! I'm talking about the Addlemans, Dunleavy, Saunders, and coutless ones out there. They never really had success and what makes you think they ever will?
Jeez

Miami, FL

#20 Apr 29, 2008
joe bagadonuts key largo wrote:
u thought last season was ugly,chk the mug on the coach,yikes.
Yeah, I guess you've never looked at the Van Gundy's pictures huh?

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