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Pat Riley is waiting, but is not talking Erik Spoelstra

Nov 11, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

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Among the dramas coming next season — whenever there is a next season — surrounds Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Because there was not enough drama in Miami already.

Spoelstra is entering the last year of his contract. With Pat Riley hanging over him like the Sword of Damocles (just ask Stan Van Gundy) there is inherent drama.

The Heat Index at ESPN talked to Riley about the waiting during the lockout, but when they asked about Spoelstra’s status they didn’t get far.

“We’ve met all summer,” Riley said of Spoelstra, who had a previously-scheduled commitment and was the lone member of the coaching staff not in attendance at Friday’s camp session. “We’ve had some great, long conversations about philosophy. He’s watched every game (from last season) over and over. I’ve watched every single playoff game two or three times. His staff is ready to roll.”

I then pressed Riley on whether there were any discussions as to whether Spoelstra would be rolling with the Heat beyond this season.

“He’s been here, what, 15 years already,” Riley said. “But we don’t talk about contracts.”

Riley does not want to return to the sidelines. But if Spoelstra and the Heat end the season with anything short of a championship, there will be a lot o questions. And decisions.

  1. mgscott - Nov 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Not 2, Not 3, Not 4, Not 5, Not 6, Not 7,,,,

  2. 8man - Nov 11, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Yeah. The problem ain’t Spoelstra. It’s that LeBron guy.

    King what?

  3. thetooloftools - Nov 12, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Come on now.
    The whole plan for the Miami Heat was to trash a season and slash cap space so you could sign two great players (even with teams caving to Max sign and trade deals) to go along with Wade.
    James and Bosh basically were telling the owners “we’ll take less money if we have to, so we can play in Miami”.
    How is that working for your Heat Micky and Pat?
    How’s that tasting fellow NBA players who now must feel the wrath of the owners who let the game get away from them through “The Three Stooges” rubbing their faces in it?
    Shout me off these pages now.
    I’m getting the last laugh and your getting what you all deserve.
    Take your beatings like men… and stop crying like spoiled babies.
    I 100% support David Stern and the NBA owners.
    Suck it up or shut it down.
    Let’s see if you have a big party with blasting music and fog machines and bold predictions after the player have to choke on this contract or possibly sit out the season because of you Miami.
    Own the heat you get from the rest of the NBA.
    You brought this entire mess on yourselves.
    Own it.

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      You are truly an angry man. LeBron literally ripped your heart out..

      Love your family, like your sports.

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