HoopsHype Erik Spoelstra rumors

October 28, 2013 Updates

Tuesday night's championship-ring and banner-raising ceremonies at AmericanAirlines Arena will be anything but funereal. But for the Miami Heat to move past last season's second consecutive championship, their coach said Tuesday's pregame celebration has to bring closure. "That'll be the final burial for us of last year. And that's with absolute respect. But we've been starting to throw dirt on it, respectfully, that we have to let it go and we have to move on." Chicago Tribune

The NBA opens its season this week, and the information surrounding the game has never been as rich, detailed or impactful. It’s not like the Moneyball divide that split much of the baseball world; most in basketball have embraced detailed statistical analysis. “We use it. The Wizards use it. Everybody uses it to different extents,” Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said. Washington Post

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Monday that “more experience” in the Heat’s system has allowed Bosh to play more instinctually. “I think that’s what everyone is seeing right now,” Spoelstra said. “He’s able to do what he’s done so well for us in the past, which is facilitate and allow things to work, but also be aggressive and make teams have to guard him.” Miami Herald

Spoelstra has always been quick to heap praise on Bosh, and this preseason has been no different. Since 2011, the Heat’s coach has called Bosh the team’s “most important player,” but now Spoelstra has elevated his praise of Bosh to a different level. Like James, Spoelstra has been referring to Bosh as a “one-through-five” type of player. “His game has evolved in so many different areas,” Spoelstra said. “Arguably, he has to evolve in more areas than any other player, and that’s on both sides of the floor. But we’ve put him on every spot on the court. For a center, that’s dynamic.” Miami Herald

October 12, 2013 Updates

But Beasley, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and team officials said the wound above Beasley's right eye was the result of an inadvertent blow he took from Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko as he attempted to block a shot in the third quarter, not from a self-inflicted punch. "I watched the video, and it does look like I knocked the mess out of myself," Beasley said before Friday's preseason game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Sprint Center. "I had everybody in the world calling me and asking, 'Why you so crazy?'" ESPN.com

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As was the case with Eddy Curry two seasons ago, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra doesn’t have either guy penciled in for any particular role. “No expectations,” Spoelstra said of both guys. For Oden, the next several months are about getting healthy and in basketball shape. “He’s inspired by the opportunity to help us,” Spoelstra said. “But more than anything, we just want to see him get back out there, have a smile on his face, and be able to do what he loves. He’s had some setbacks, but that does not define his whole career. This, we feel, is a perfect fit for him. NBA.com

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Spoelstra could've become the most sought free agent to hit the coaching market since Phil Jackson, and likely staved off a bidding war next summer by choosing to re-sign with the only franchise he's ever known. The deal is expected to be made public before the start of the Heat's training camp in the Bahamas this week, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

September 23, 2013 Updates

Coaches that win consecutive championships receive lucrative offers for speeches, book deals and more. But we hear the Heat’s Erik Spoelstra is turning down everything. As a friend said, at this point in his life, he wants to focus on winning championships. Spoelstra again has used a bit of his time this summer to study coaches and their techniques, including friend Chip Kelly in Philadelphia and Pete Carroll in Seattle. (He also spoke to Seahawks and University of Tennessee players, and Russell Wilson raved about his speech to the Seahawks.) Miami Herald

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I cannot fathom, after everything the Heat went through, including Erik Spoelstra flying to Houston to work with Michael while Beasley was in a rehab program, that the Heat, with the current stakes they're dealing with, would ever go in that direction. Factoring in all Michael still has on his plate with his run-ins in Phoenix, that's a lot of baggage to bring into any locker room, let alone one with single-minded, proven veterans. All of that said, as a minimum-salary project, Beasley still could be of use to a bottom-feeder hoping to still find what scouts saw in that 2008 draft. In a previous time, he would have been the perfect Clipper. Then the Clippers began taking the game seriously. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 27, 2013 Updates

It’s not every day an NBA championship coach gives advice to an NFL team, but Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson considered it an inspiring moment Tuesday when Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke to the players. “Having Coach Spoelstra here in front of the team and in meetings with us was an unbelievable experience for everybody,” Wilson said. “For him to come all this way and spend time with us and Coach [Pete] Carroll really means a lot to us because of all the great things he’s done. Just being around him and hearing why they’ve had success and how they’ve had it so often was the best part about it.” ESPN.com

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