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Report: Heat finalizing contract extension with head coach Erik Spoelstra

Sep 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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The leadership in NBA front offices can often make questionable decisions that are tough to understand by those on the outside. But choosing to extend the contract of a young head coach that has led your franchise to back-to-back titles is about as easy as it gets.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Two-time NBA championship coach Erik Spoelstra is finalizing a multiyear contract extension with the Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Spoelstra could’ve become the most sought free agent to hit the coaching market since Phil Jackson, and likely staved off a bidding war next summer by choosing to re-sign with the only franchise he’s ever known.

The deal is expected to be made public before the start of the Heat’s training camp in the Bahamas this week, sources said.

This was an inevitability, and it’s no surprise that the Heat made sure this loose end was tied up before training camp started.

It’s not expected that the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh will break up the band after the season, but they all have that option. There was no way the franchise would allow any uncertainty at the head coaching spot to be even a small factor in those decisions, so Miami did the obvious by locking up Spoelstra with a well-deserved extension.

  1. leahcima1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Well deserved. Congratulations Eric.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM


      • abxyer - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM


  2. tigers182 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    He did an amazing job of winning with a group of nobodies.

    • ranfan12 - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Lol, I almost thought you were serious for a second.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      Yeah, people are too stupid to understand sarcasm. He was congratulating him and people don’t get that. Sadly these people have driver’s licenses and are out and about with us…

  3. jzone954 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    👏👏👏👏 well deserved

  4. abxyer - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    This guy is such a class act in a classy organization. He deserves this extension.
    GO HEAT!

  5. bleedburgandyandgold - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Guy has got one creepy smile lol

  6. jimthebuilder27 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Definitely an underrated coach. To be able to manage the egos of Wade, Lebron and Bosh is no small feat!

  7. miamatt - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Not much I can add except it is well deserved and a no-brainer to retain the best coach in the NBA for as long as possible. Even if one wants to say Pop or Doc are better- and I respect such opinions, those guys are great- at a minimum you have to give Spoelstra credit and put him right behind. Given his age and the stability of the Miami heat franchise, there is little doubt Spo will be the last one standing of the three.

  8. lemfaxx - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    The real Coach of the year! Congratz!

  9. felisberto - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Please Lakers do a change Eric Spo for MDA.

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Spo has the hardest job in the league. It’s the best job. But it’s also the hardest.

  11. panchopolarbear - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Congrats Coach Spo!

  12. jtmartinez34 - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Mike Brown II. Once he is fired from the Heat in a few years, no one else will hire him and if they do, it will be a sort term fiasco. The NBA sucks now. Where in history has a team won 2 championships with such an underwhelming coach? In any other era, a two peat coach would be a god. No one one can say with a straight face that he is even in the top 5 of best active coaches.

    • doc305 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      No fan maybe, but ask any GM and they will tell you that Spo is one of the better coaches in today’s game. period. Why are fans silly enough to think that Pat Riley ( 30 plus years of winning) and Micky Arison ( billionaire owner) don’t review and consider everything before signing a coach, or anyone for that matter. I’m sure at that drive through window you work at you have a lot of time to read articles about how bad a coach Spo is, but i trust Pat Riley to make the right decision.. every time, not a clown on a comment board that thinks he knows something about basketball because he watches a lot of it..anyone that truly believes Spo is a bad coach needs to come up with something tangible to prove their argument… Spo has been a head coach for five years, and has gone to the playoffs for all five years.. your turn..

    • miamatt - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      You lost everybody as soon as you typed “Mike Brown II”.

      You are correct that Spoelstra doesn’t get his due. But that has more to do with ignorant #@%$tards such as yourself than anything else.

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