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Quote of the Day: Erik Spoelstra has no advice for Phil Jackson’s coach

Mar 20, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra coaches his team against the Chicago Bulls during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

On working for  a once-great coach who’s now team president:

“I started working with Pat 19 years ago. For two or three years, he didn’t even know my name.”

-Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who began his career as a video coordinator. Presumably, Phil Jackson will better know his next coach from jump street.

  1. miamiheatles - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Spo is the 3rd best coach in the league, behind Doc and Pop. Never panics in pressure situations.

    • henryd3rd - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      When you’ve got two future Hall of Fame players on your squad one should not need to panic. Just design a play for one of them and get them the damn ball!

      • ringjames - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Tell that to Jason Kidd and Mike D’Antoni

      • fanofthegame79 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Or all the other coaches that have hall of fame players and don’t win Championships. Think about all the years the Celtics won. Or the Bulls when they won their two 3-peats.

      • genericcommenter - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        What if you have at least FOUR future HOFers?

    • ringjames - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Doc is overrated. His big 3 only won a single championship, in what? 5 years?

      Coach Spo already a more successful coach than Doc. Don’t let ESPN blind you.
      Spoelstra is only second to Gregg Popovich

      • paleihe - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        To you he’s overrated.

        His past players rave about him. Who is probably right? His past players? Or some random person online?

      • ringjames - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        I don’t care what his past players say about him.
        The fact of the matter is, 15 of those players won a championship with him.
        He’s a good coach, but he isn’t a great coach. Great coaches have multiple titles.

      • pharohislife - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Injuries were the only thing keeping that Celtics team from winning multiple championships.

      • dablakdrphil - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Well the Celtics won it in 2008

        KG got injured in February 2009 against the Utah Jazz and that injury turned out to be season ending and that definitely derailed Boston from possibly repeating when they had the stingiest defense

        2010 they lost to my Lakers in a thrilling 7 game series that Boston could’ve easily won when they held a 3-2 advantage

        As a Laker fan I hate the Celtics but they could’ve easily had multiple championships and after that 2010 season “The Big 3″ in Miami came together

        So don’t make it seem like Boston wasn’t doing anything…they were pretty good for 4 solid seasons and they damn near upsetted Miami in 2011 in the Eastern Conference Finals

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      The true test of Coach Spo’s skill will come when theres no Lebron, and Wade on his team. Mike Brown went to the finals with Bron Bron and I wouldn’t consider him a great/good coach. I love Doc but that Celtics team was special, it was their time. If he wins it all in LA then I will buy into it. For my money it’s Pops, Thibs, Spo because he has 2 rings (* with Lebron) then Doc but I think Doc’s a better coach. I’m not tryna hate but, it’s hard to lose when you have Lebron in his prime in Pat Reilly’s system.

      • fanofthegame79 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        So do we put an asterisk by all of Phil Jackson’s rings because he had Jordan, Pippin, Kobe and Shaq?

      • ringjames - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Popovich had Duncan , Ginobili , and Parker in their prime so why only discredit Spo for having great players.

        Mike D’Antoni had a great team last season, a big 4 , and be barely made the playoffs.

        Great coaches use the talent around them and actually win CHAMPIONSHIPS, with an S.

    • lagranderrota - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      No word for Rick Carlisle? The guy deserves much more credit than he usually gets.

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Sorry, he’s no better than Thibs, Carlisle, Vogel or Stotts.

      • ringjames - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Spoelstra has more rings than all those coaches combined.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Pop, Thibs and then Spo… Doc is further down the list…

      • kinggw - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Spoelstra is a better coach than Thibs. It’s not as if he has turned the Bulls around. He inherited a playoff team and despite losing Rose the past two seasons still had a good deal of talent on his teams.

        He gets his teams to play hard, that doesn’t make him a great coach. He has never beaten Spo when it counts (in the playoffs) and until he does it’s hard to claim he’s a better coach.

  2. seannymo - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    What an awfully terrible click-baiting title.

  3. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Who is Eric Spalestri ?

  4. reesesteel23 - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Doesn’t matter if he Spo 12peats. Because he is tied to the Heat, he will never get his props. Especially from people on this site…

    • mogogo1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      I promise to give him huge props when he pulls off the 12 peat. And somehow I’m guessing everybody else would, too.

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