Erik Spoelstra Rumors
In the latest of his videos posted on the team’s website, Spoelstra spoke of the need to maximize the possibilities of his shot-blocking center, including additional post-up responsibilities and great accountability away from the rim. “He will be working on all of it,” Spoelstra said. “Low-post scoring, that’s the number-one thing he wants to work on, and I’m all for it. He will also work on his skill level at the top of the floor, handling the ball, getting us into second situations as a playmaker, rebounding off the glass.”
In a letter emailed Thursday night to Miami Heat season-ticket holders to coincide with the release of the team’s 2016-17 schedule and also posted on the team’s website, Heat owner Micky Arison hinted at a return by All-Star forward Chris Bosh while focusing on where the franchise stands. Toward the close of the email, Arison wrote: “What won’t change is the culture of this organization. The Miami HEAT is a Championship organization. I fully expect this team, from Pat Riley to Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, to our veterans Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic and Josh McRoberts, to our returning young core of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson, to the fresh faces joining the HEAT Family to continue our mantra of being the ‘hardest working, best conditioned, most professional, unselfish, toughest, meanest, nastiest team in the NBA.’ ”
Erik Spoelstra is coming off a very memorable weekend. The Heat head coach married longtime girlfriend and former Heat dancer Nikki Sapp on Saturday. The wedding was reportedly held at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami.
Pat Riley’s pitch to Miami Heat free agents targets will include an optimistic view of Chris Bosh’s potential return to the court next season and the long-term stability of coach Erik Spoelstra, league sources have told ESPN.com. Bosh is making progress in his recovery from recurring blood clots that have cut short each of his past two seasons, according to a source with knowledge of Bosh’s condition. Both Bosh and the Heat continue to work toward the goal of having the perennial All-Star power forward available for the start of training camp, sources said.