TAG: Erik Spoelstra

NBA / Oct 15, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra: “I Think There’s Too Many Games, To Be Frank”

Erik Spoelstra

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says he’s open to learning potential benefits gleaned from the NBA’s 44-minute game experiment. As opposed to shortening individual contests by several minutes, though, Spoelstra makes it clear he would instead prefer if the league cut entire games from the 82-game regular season schedule. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 22, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Report: Miami Heat Won’t Abandon Small-Ball

Erik Spoelstra

LeBron James was the Miami Heat’s identity over the past four seasons. The inverted offense and hyper-aggressive defense that became the team’s calling-card were certainly bigger than one player, but would still not have been implemented without the singular force Erik Spoelstra frequently called “1-through-5.” It made sense, then, to expect wholesale schematic changes for Miami in 2014-2015 given James’ departure, but apparently Spoelstra and company will stay true to the systems going forward that helped the Heat to so much recent success. Read More »

Smack / Jun 11, 2014 / 2:30 pm

D-Wade, LeBron & Spoelstra React To Odd Questions Following Game 3

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

It seems a former FBI-trained hostage negotiator, Bobby Ramos — who operates his Bottom Line!!! website, was granted a press pass for Game 3 last night. In the post-game press conference, Ramos asked a pair of challengingly verbose questions that left LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and coach Erik Spoelstra scratching their heads. Come watch the befuddlement. Read More »

Smack / Jun 8, 2014 / 1:17 pm

Erik Spoelstra “Open To Whatever’s Necessary” With LeBron James in Game 2

Erik Spoelstra

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn’t known as a quotable interview. Though hardly the gruff bully of his San Antonio Spurs counterpart, Gregg Popovich, Spoelstra still sticks to a finely-tuned script with the media, mostly avoiding specific answers and relating every question to the importance of process. At yesterday’s press conference in advance of Sunday’s Game 2, though, he offered a rare glimpse into a persona usually seen only by those behind closed doors. Read More »

NBA / Jun 4, 2014 / 11:02 pm

Boris Diaw And Tiago Splitter Hold The Keys To Swinging The NBA Finals

Chris Andersen, Shane Battier, LeBron James, Tony Parker

Ever since their mind-boggling collapse against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat have been a different team. At various points in the past three years, LeBron James became the team’s clear-cut alpha dog, Chris Bosh stretched his offense farther and farther from the paint, and Erik Spoelstra developed devastating offensive continuity built on spreading the floor with shooters. Miami fully embraced its natural identity as a small-ball outfit, basically, and the result has been something close to a dynasty. It’s when the Heat have the ball that the merits of their speedy, undersized lineups are most obvious, but it’s on the other end of the court where Miami’s Finals rematch against San Antonio will be decided. Read More »

instagram, NBA / Mar 22, 2014 / 12:13 pm

Miami Mobs Mike Miller After He Accepts His Championship Ring

Mike Miller, Erik Spoelstra, LeBron James

Former Miami team member, and two-time champion, Mike Miller was back in Miami Friday night with the Grizzlies in town. The Heat, who had to let him go for luxury tax reasons before the season, did it right, with Erik Spoelstra handing him his 2013 NBA Championship ring before the game started and a commemorative video telling Miller to “keep letting it fly.” Read More »

NBA / Mar 4, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Mario Chalmers Is Miami’s Biggest X-Factor

Mario Chalmers

Speaking softly, humble, but with the confidence and cadence of a veteran who has seen and done everything the game has asked of him, Mario Chalmers off the court doesn’t deviate too far from the player we see on the court.

He most certainly is not the whipping boy you have been led to believe. He is an essential piece to this Miami Heat roster that has won the past two NBA titles. It’s even arguable the Heat could have overcome LeBron James‘s struggles in the 2011 Finals had Mario replaced Mike Bibby in the starting lineup sooner than Game 6. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 4, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Is LeBron James Fouled Too Hard, Or Is He Flopping?

LeBron James, Josh Smith

A few sites have picked up on a Vine video pretty clearly showing LeBron James embellishing some contact two times in one sequence during the Heat’s win over the Pistons on Monday night. But Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tells the Sun-Sentinel LeBron is getting roughed up because he’s big and strong enough to handle fouls that are more similar to tackles. So which is it, or is LeBron inflating some contact while also being able to handle harder tackle-fouls? Read More »

NBA / Jan 28, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Dime Q&A: Mario Chalmers On Obama, Richard Sherman & The Clutch Gene

Mario Chalmers

It was during a highly emotional game in December against the Indiana Pacers, a team they faced off against in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals when tempers flared on the Miami Heat sideline. LeBron James went to sit on the bench during a timeout after Mario Chalmers had turned the ball over. The two exchanged some words and Mario said something to LeBron that made him erupt from his seat, charging at him until Udonis Haslem had to restrain him. Read More »

GIFs, Smack / Jan 21, 2014 / 11:41 am

Miami Heat Team With Michelle Obama For Delightful Dunk Cam (Video)

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Ray Allen, Michelle Obama, Erik Spoelstra

During the Miami Heat’s recent visit with the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Heat members, Erik Spoelstra, LeBron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to help in a public service announcement for the Lets Move campaign to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. The First Lady, no stranger to basketball since she and her President Hubby are huge fans, set up a dunk cam where she threw down on Allen and Wade as part of the spot. Read More »