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Spoelstra’s job expected to be safe

Jun 14, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

Erik Spoelstra AP

Given Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s youth and relative lack of experience, people questioned whether he was the right person to coach the star-studded Miami Heat ever since the day of the “Decision.” Every time the Heat went through any sort of tough stretch this season, Spoelstra’s job security was questioned, and those questions are getting asked again after Miami’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.

However, according to’s Gary Washburn, Spoelstra’s job appears safe for at least one more season:

Miami team sources said Erik Spoelstra’s job was never in jeopardy this season and he will get an opportunity to make another NBA title run next year.

Even though Spoelstra’s lineup choices in the Finals left something to be desired, his overall performance this season was strong, and it’s probably a good thing for Miami that he’s sticking around. Spoelstra is a wizard with Xs and Os, and his defensive system turned what could have been a good defensive team in Miami into a great one throughout the regular season and the first 19 games of the playoffs. And while his lineup choices against Dallas were lacking, his re-insertion of Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller into the rotation against the Bulls may have saved that series for Miami.

Spoelstra’s job security may be questioned, especially considering the fact that his coaching mentor also happens to be his immediate boss, but the bottom line is that Spoelstra may have swept the NBA Finals if his best player had shown up for the fourth quarter of Game 2 or any of Game 4. That’s not sufficient grounds to fire a coach after one year with a completely overhauled roster and a conference championship to show for it.

  1. edweird0 - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    How many articles are you guys going to write about the SAME thing. We get it, his job is safe. Move on to something else please.

  2. nfl25 - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    i think they need a new coach. but i only watched them in the playoffs. im not saying this dude is bad at x’s and o’s. he just doesnt strike me as a leader of men. i think they would be better off with a tougher coach that took control and please god tell them to stop whining

    • edweird0 - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:46 PM

      Don’t talk about stuff you don’t know then. Hes a great coach for them, and had you watched them in the regular season you would have seen that. Them getting a new coach is the LAST thing this team needs.

  3. randysavage4ever - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    why is a coach who lost in 6 close games in the NBA Finals being questioned about his job security the following summer?

    it aint his fault not all the stars shined when needed most…

    Mavs stars – terry, dirk – showed up in key moments , Heat stars did not – casually missing free throws, dribbling ball out of bounds, and overall just not getting it done…

  4. bittersonicsfan - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    Spo has earned his position. Last year he got the Heat to the playoffs and gave Boston a good fight with Wade and a
    sub par team. He did a good job with all the attention on them this year. If they fire him, they is nuts yo!

    • edweird0 - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:12 AM

      At least theres still a couple of sane people left on this blog…

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