HoopsHype Erik Spoelstra rumors

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Josh Smith understands Erik Spoelstra’s position. The Heat coach was sticking up for LeBron James when he complained about Smith and Rodney Stuckey grabbing James before he went airborne in Miami’s 102-96 victory over the Pistons on Monday night. But there was nothing dirty about those plays, according to Smith. “Players of his caliber are very strong and athletic, and if you were just to give him a little brush on the arm, he can have the possibility of a three-point play,” Smith said this week. “I’m not known as a dirty player and neither is Rodney Stuckey. “He’s just protecting his player, but there was really no hard foul given.” Detroit Free Press

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade shrugged when asked about Bynum joining the Heat’s main rival in the East, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his team was more worried right now about fixing its own problems than contemplating how Indiana might have gotten better. Bynum, the former star center with the Los Angeles Lakers, signed with the Pacers on Saturday for the veteran’s minimum. He will back up All-Star center Roy Hibbert. “I don’t know what their perspective is,” Spoelstra said of the Pacers. “We’re just focused on us right now. I’m sure it makes for compelling storylines. He fits their style in terms of being big and physical in the paint, but from our standpoint that doesn’t affect us.” Miami Herald

January 26, 2014 Updates

For the first time in more than six years – a streak of 483 consecutive games that dated to Jan. 6, 2008 – Wade came off the bench for the Heat. He had missed the previous four games to rest his knees. As Miami chases a third straight NBA championship, Wade's health is the biggest question hanging over the team. "The reality of it is you got to wait and see," Wade said after scoring eight points in 23 minutes during a 113-101 victory over the Spurs. "I'm not going to make a bigger deal of it than it is and I'm going to act like it's nothing. …People could think what they want. I'm continuing to work to make sure I'm at my best when I can be." Yahoo! Sports

Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 9 for 10 shooting — making him 17 for his last 18 from the floor — and LeBron James added 18 points as the Heat rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 113-101 on Sunday, never trailing and leading by as many as 29 points along the way. "Did that feel like The Finals? No, it did not feel like The Finals," is how Heat coach Erik Spoelstra opened his postgame remarks, without anyone even asking the question. USA Today Sports

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“What we try to do is not predetermine and have expectations about it,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You can’t predict it. You’re going to have some good days and some days where you don’t feel great. We know as long as we stick to the routine, he should get better, quicker and stronger. Now that we’re at home we can get back on the routine of strength training and conditioning.” Ray Allen said “there’s no concern” about Wade’s knees because “he’s not injured. Nothing has happened where it’s sidelined him for a long period of time. It’s management of his body.” Miami Herald

Michael Beasley entered Tuesday have playing just seven, two, six and three minutes over the previous four games, but Spoelstra did not answer directly when asked if there has been slippage in his game. “That’s not an indictment on Michael,” Spoelstra said. “We’ve given up 120 points. I think we’re all at fault, including the staff.” Miami Herald

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To Spoelstra, it's all part of what he so often calls "the process," when it comes to the grand scheme that is the NBA. And yes, even with heavy hitters such as Riley, Andy Elisburg and Micky Arison and Nick Arison, Spoelstra is part of the Heat's personnel process. Riley made that clear in his interview with IndexUniverse in advance of that company's symposium later this month at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood. "When it comes to the draft or free agency, or acquiring players via trade, anything that has to do with personnel, it's myself and Erik and Andy Elisburg and [scout] Chet Kammerer and Micky Arison," Riley said. "If there isn't a consensus, and there's somebody that I really want, then I will probably get to make that decision. But I don't think we've ever done anything here where we didn't all agree it was the best move." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Spoelstra said his priority is preparing his players, while also remaining in the personnel loop. "I don't really spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about it," he said. "I have enough on my plate. But when there's decisions to be made, we all go in the same room. And that's probably what makes us different than other organizations. We have a familiarity with each other. We can agree or disagree, and it doesn't affect our decision-making. We push each other. Ultimately, it's Pat and Micky's call. But the continuity to the decisions is special." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Pat Riley: What I'm so impressed with about Erik is that I feel I made the right choice in selecting him because he’s a young coach. He’s achievement oriented. He’s ambitious. He’s analytic. He’s technological. He’s an X-and-O master. He’s not as loud a motivator as I was, but he motivates in a different way. And the team respects him for that. So I don’t get in his way. We meet every day. We talk every day. I will make X-and-O suggestions and things like that. But I trust that what he’s set up for this team is a winning formula. That’s on both ends of the court, and also in the locker room. When it comes to the draft or free agency, or acquiring players via trade, anything that has to do with personnel, it’s myself and Erik and Andy Elisburg and Chet Kammerer and Micky Arison. If there isn’t a consensus, and there’s somebody that I really want, then I will probably get to make that decision. But I don’t think we’ve ever done anything here where we didn’t all agree it was the best move. IndexUniverse.com

[Head Coach] Erik Spoelstra is one of the new state-of-the-art technological coaches. He believes in these numbers. He uses them to set up the offense and defense, especially offensively, and who are the best players to complement LeBron and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, our best assets. Numbers and analytics play a big part in true field goal percentage, or how we can space the floor. The numbers tell us that Shane Battier and Rashard Lewis play better when LeBron and Chris and Udonis Haslem are on the court. But there still is a gut instinct. The No. 1 thing you do in this league is to try to find the best talent. Then you need to get all of the players to sacrifice whatever they need to sacrifice for the team. Sacrifice has been a big part of our success. When we signed the “big three,” they gave up $51 million in total salary so we could bring in four or five other guys to help them win. IndexUniverse.com

Riley: We have been doing analytics for years. We just called it “statistical analyses” back in the ’60s and ’70s. We’ve always used numbers that we feel define the difference between winning and losing, success and failure. We have a database of numbers, not only individually but as a team, in which we track every single movement that one of our players makes out on the court. And we will definitely quantify it into a number. And the player will have that number. IndexUniverse.com

Riley: I believe in what’s called the “one-voice” management philosophy. There’s a single voice. And the single voice is a big circle. The middle of that circle has to do with your philosophy as an organization and your culture. So we have one voice. That voice is [team owner] Micky Arison. That is my voice. That is Erik Spoelstra’s voice. It’s the voice of the players. There’s a universal way that we do things. But it’s the same philosophy. We all want the same thing. But Erik becomes the spokesperson. IndexUniverse.com

December 5, 2013 Updates

Even if Rose doesn't make it back before next season, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said respect for the Bulls remains. "They'll be there," Spoelstra said. "That second- round series we had with them last year without Rose was as tough as any of our series. Even though it only went five games, it felt like it was a seven-game series." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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