The Miami Heat once again find themselves in the unexpected position of fighting for their lives against the Celtics, and with this shocking development, we've heard a familiar tune make a comeback: "Spo Must Go."
As per the usual rule, anything but unabashed success brings about renewed grumblings that the Heat need a new bench leader—one more befitting the massive ambitions and planet-eating set of egos on this most unique of rosters—to right the ship and start them (finally) down the path of dynastic glory.
As a matter of basic unity, these grumblings are nothing more than that at the moment. However, should Miami actually fall to Boston this year—or anywhere shy of Larry O'Brien, for that matter—those grumblings will turn to a city-wide chorus of calls for his swift removal.
If/when that happens, the Heat will need somebody to fill the void, but they're not likely to go with just anybody—they will already have gone that route, quite unsuccessfully. Pat Riley springs to mind de facto when people think of backfilling Spo's job, but he's said repeatedly that he has no interest in picking up the chalkboard again.
Meanwhile, there are a handful of other candidates out there worth discussing instead of Riles.