HoopsHype Erik Spoelstra rumors


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During the Pacers' 112-89 win, George played 15 minutes and scored 13 points (5-of-12 from the floor with three 3-pointers) and picked up two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Though George also turned the ball over three times and picked up just as many fouls, the Pacers (34-43) outscored the Heat by 12 while he was on the floor. So, he's back. And throughout the NBA, even rivals recognized the moment. "There's been a lot of injury stories this year, but that's one of the good stories," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We all saw it on TV. Even from a competitor's standpoint, it was great to see that he's back out on the court. It has to come on our game, who cares? The fact that an injured player is back, we're not hiding from competition." USA Today Sports

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“We view Mike as a family member. We drafted him. We spent a lot of time developing him,” Spoelstra said. “With all the change that we’ve had it was very nice to add someone this late in the game that’s a familiar face, that understands our culture. And we feel very comfortable with. That’s unique at this time of year. Continuity is important.” Washington Post

Ethan J. Skolnick: Spoelstra says he invented an "amoeba defense." That's when 2 guys were in man & the rest were in zone b/c no one knew what they were doing. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the Kings do look different playing for George Karl. Spoelstra only had an eight-game sample to evaluate before the Kings played the Heat on Saturday at American Airlines Arena. But he said the Kings are taking on Karl’s personality. “It’s amazing,” Spoelstra said. “It’s uncanny how his teams, going all the way back to Seattle, will play with that pace and attack mentality. Since the All-Star break, their team is starting to shape up with that type of personality.” Sacramento Bee

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Why was he on the bench so long? Spoelstra said it was because of fatigue, but Whiteside did not seem to agree. “I have no answer for that,” he said. “That’s a question for Coach Spo. I have no answer for that.” Asked about whether he pleaded with Spoelstra to get back in, Whiteside responded, “I don’t ever talk to Coach Spo about minutes. I’m just blessed to be here and I do my job.” He was pressed on the question of whether he was fatigued and continued to deflect. “You always want to play,” Whiteside said. “Everybody wants to play. I really wanted to play. But as you can see, they went on a run. That’s a question for Coach. I don’t know what to really say about that. I watched it like y’all.” Palm Beach Post

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