Erik Spoelstra, one would have to imagine, is a very stressed out NBA coach. Fans may think that his job is made all the easier because he has two superstars and a strong third power in his starting lineup, but that just puts more pressure on him.
Imagine how it feels to have a lot of the blame placed on your shoulders because after all of Pat Riley’s hard work getting the Big Three established in Miami, you still couldn’t win an NBA championship against an aging Dallas Mavericks franchise.
Pat Riley has replaced him in plenty of people’s minds coming into this season, and if he does not manage to rotate his squad into an NBA championship, those thoughts may just come to fruition.
Coaches usually do not think too far ahead. That’s the General Manager’s job. Spoelstra is, however, looking ahead to the next round which would probably hold the youthful, and sometimes inadequate, Indiana Pacers.
While the Pacers may not be considered the strongest competition for the Heat, they still hold a few characteristics that will keep Coach Spo’ up at night.