Erik Spoelstra Rumors
Manny Navarro: Spoelstra said @Goran Dragic will not play again tonight. Says it’s all part of the plan. “We want to strike that balance of keeping him in shape and make sure he’s peaking for that first [regular season] game.”
Waiters initially balked at the Heat’s offer. In his heart, he knew he wanted to play in Miami after meeting with Riley and Erik Spoelstra. But after holding out for a bigger role in OKC, the Heat were offering even less money than the Thunder’s qualifying offer. Waiters wrestled with the decision in his head, knowing Miami offered a great opportunity.
“I love our guys,” Riley said. “I wouldn’t want to play against our guys. They are so competitive. Spo (Erik Spoelstra) does a great job. And it’s almost going to be impossible for us to have a superstar out of this group because how we play is a positionless game where it is equal opportunity and there is going to be different guys every night.”
Miami Heat President Pat Riley has taken his message of ensemble play and lack of respect to a national audience. In an interview with SiriusXM radio, Riley stressed that the Heat are not necessarily built to have a stand-alone All-Star, but still could have a standout season, based on how coach Erik Spoelstra got this roster core to produce a 30-11 record over the second half of last season.