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January 4, 2015 Updates

“Our guys care,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “If you saw behind the scenes how they approach the work, and I have continually commended our group for that, coming in the next day even with the frustration, the pain and anger guys are feeling. Our guys come in with the right attitude to try to correct it, and it has been elusive for us for whatever reason.” The Rockets (23-10) scored 61 points in the first half, and then things got ugly. A driving dunk by newcomer Josh Smith gave Houston an 88-60 lead with 1:36 left in the third quarter, and teammate Dwight Howard nearly knocked Smith over in celebration. The Rockets outscored the Heat 33-11 in the third period. Miami Herald

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The Heat waived Shannon Brown, who started two games, to make room on the roster. Whiteside, who spent one season collegiately at Marshall, also played in Lebanon and China last year. "We feel the upside of a 7-footer, shot-blocker, rebounder, young player was something that was too big to pass up right now," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We view him as a developmental player even though he's played professionally for three years, we still see him as a young prospect." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Bosh delivered the dagger — a 3-pointer 1:23 from the end that brought that 11-point lead. He credited Chalmers, who credited coach Erik Spoelstra, who credited everybody — including three rookies (James Ennis, Shabazz Napier and Andre Dawkins) who played together. Miami, on the tail end of a back-to-back, was without Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Luol Deng (wrist) and Josh McRoberts (foot). “We’re going to put the ball in [Chalmers’] hands sometimes, especially late in the game and especially with guys out. We were relying on him a bit and he came through,” said Bosh, who had a key offensive rebound that led to his own jumper, Chalmers assisting, to ignite the key 9-2 streak. New York Post

Williams brings experience and commitment to a team that embodies hard work and relentless perseverance. Williams shot 43.5 percent from three-point range in 
the preseason alone and continues to 
be impressive. “I’ve liked him for three or four years,” Head Coach Erik Spoelstra said. “His skill set, his toughness, that in the right situation and the right commitment to his conditioning and his weight and strength, he could be a guy that fits in our style of play. And I think that’s what you’re seeing right now. He looks totally different. He remade his body this summer.” NBA.com

October 27, 2014 Updates

"After LeBron left, all bets were off," Spoelstra said. "For the first two or three hours -- I've told that story a lot -- that it felt like we were Jerry Maguire. We were calling everybody, and everybody's agent, and nobody was answering for two or three hours." Finally, they got in touch with both Bosh and Wade, who'd opted out of his contract as well. Wade wasn't going anywhere -- once he spurned Chicago in 2010 to stay in Miami, he was Heat for Life. Once Miami agreed to the max, so was Bosh. NBA.com

"You sit in this seat, very quickly, you realize you're going to have to coach a lot of different teams, a lot of different personalities," Spoelstra said. "One year to the next, even if you bring back the same guys, it has a completely different feel. This is the nature of this business. And the way it is, even now, teams are changing much quicker than they were 10, 15 years ago. So the whole coaching profession is a little bit more like college and high school, where it turns over, it changes, and your philosophy and how you have to adjust becomes much quicker. That's the life we chose. So we dove into this challenge pretty quickly. I've been here for going on my 20th year, and we've had so many different styles of basketball. You just realize that that's how this business is." NBA.com

October 15, 2014 Updates

"I don't think it's a matter of how long the game is," Spoelstra said. "I think there's too many games, to be frank. I think if there's some way to find a way to cut out some of the back-to-backs so there aren't 20-plus of them. I think that's the bigger issue, not shaving off four minutes in a particular game. But I'm open to seeing what happens with that." ESPN.com

October 11, 2014 Updates

From the unpredictable roads of Moscow to the capricious streets of Miami, Quinn has navigated himself back to a place that felt like home from the moment he joined the Heat in the 2006 offseason after going undrafted out of Notre Dame that year. "We've always kept in touch," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who was an assistant for the start of Quinn's playing tenure with the Heat. "And when I coached Chris, I always thought he would eventually make a good coach one day. I viewed him as a coach on the floor, somebody I really respect to get every ounce out of his ability to end up playing almost seven years in this league. "And we kept in touch over the years. In fact, this past year, when we were in Chicago, we got together for dinner and I told him then that, 'Hey, one of these days if this is truly what you want to do, let's continue to talk. Down the line I may be coming after you.' And it happened a little bit sooner than we even thought about back then." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 28, 2014 Updates

Spoelstra flew in August to Los Angeles, where he lunched with Wade and barbecued with Bosh, because he didn’t want his first meeting with them to be in his office. “It was an exhilarating four years and an exhausting four years,” he says. “We had to close the book and open a new one.” For so long, Spoelstra had asked Wade and Bosh to accept lesser roles. Suddenly, he was asking the opposite, challenging them to recapture the responsibility they had grudgingly surrendered. “There were a lot of reasons I didn’t want to leave Miami, and my relationship with Spo was one of them,” Bosh says. “He told me, ‘This is an opportunity for all of us to fill the gap.’ Before, I could afford to step back a little bit at times. Now, I’m excited to step up and be more aggressive, more of a leader.” Sports Illustrated

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