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Erik Spoelstra once went to Doc Rivers for coaching advice

Jun 8, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

Erik Spoelstra AP

Coaches like to learn from each other. Not only within their own sport but also from great coaches in other sports — during the lockout the Heat’s Erik Spoelstra spent time with Chip Kelly, the Oregon football coach, trying to learn about space and attacking.

Spoelstra also once sought advice from Doc Rivers.

Spoelstra attended a coaching clinic where Rivers was one of the speakers. A. Sherrod Blakely talked to both men about it for

“While he’s highly regarded in his schematics and X’s and Os, I was more curious about the management of personalities,” Spoelstra said. “That’s really ultimately what it’s about in this league….”

Rivers recalls looking out in the audience and seeing Spoelstra.

“You’re talking to 200 coaches and you see Erik there, you’re like, ‘I’m not going to say this … ATO (after-timeout) stuff, I’m not sharing that,” quipped Rivers.

At the NBA level, management of egos and personalities is a lot of the job. Your role players were the best player on their high school and college teams, now you’re asking them to come off the bench 20 minutes a night and fill a role. You’re getting guys to buy into a system.

Rivers has done that as well as any coach going. Spoelstra… it’s a work in progress.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    what would he learn from Chip Kelly? In the NBA, ALL the players are getting paid….

  2. toddm1016 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    How long ago was the coaching clinic?

  3. knightrider1755 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Am I missing something here? So what, Spoelstra asked Doc a question. I don’t see the big deal unless there’s nothing else to write about.

  4. BLEED BOSTON - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    The point is Spoelstra needed to learn from the best, which he will never be.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Doc Rivers is the best? Lay off the bath salts.

      • BLEED BOSTON - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        Who is better who is coaching right now? Pop?

      • badintent - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:27 AM

        And the crack, meth, hash, glue, extascy, prozac, Xantec, Oxy and peanut butter dog biscuits

    • cortezpjr - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      … neither will Doc Rivers.

  5. canehouse - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    @ bleed boston… if Spo can just get to 3/4 of the way as good as Doc… I’ll be more than fine with that!
    Doc is a special coach, and a better person.

    See ya tomorrow night… GO HEAT!!!!!

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Doc’s Celtics have only won one championship under his command. That makes him far from the best.

  6. zacksdad - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    “Erik Spoelstra once went to Doc Rivers for coaching advice”

    How does going to a clinic that Doc Rivers happens to be one of the speakers mean that he went to Doc Rivers for coaching advice. I think the total of this does not really match the text of the article correctly.

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