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Can you imagine the Heat hiring a head coach with a championship ring? Well, this could actually happen in the near future, according to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports. According to the report, Heat President Pat Riley has the experienced Doc Rivers at the very top of his list of potential coaching candidates.
This report is a hypothetical scenario of what could happen if Riley ever decides to replace Erik Spolestra, who is entering his third season with the team.
It is very important to understand that this is nothing more than a rumor. However, it is not a crazy rumor and within the realm of possibility.
There is no doubt that Erik Spolestra can flat out coach. He has a tremendous understanding for the game of basketball and he knows what it takes to win.
In addition, you can’t compare Doc Rivers to Erik Spolestra. Rivers is the more experienced of the two and knows what it takes to win a championship. Therefore, you can’t make a fair comparison.
During the past two seasons, Spolestra helped keep the Heat very competitive.
Spolestra led the Heat to two straight playoff appearances, with an overall record of 90-74. I think he has done a very respectable job in his tenure as the Heat’s head coach. It is Spolestra’s job to keep, but at the same time it is his job to lose.
If the Heat underachieve for any reason, Spolestra’s job will immediately be in jeopardy. The pressure is on Spolestra, who is a young and energetic coach. Spolestra started his career as a video coordinator working for the great Pat Riley. He has spent 13 years on the Heat coaching staff.
Coach Spolestra is a defensive-minded coach who emphasizes defensive fundamentals and principals. He shares many of Pat Riley’s philosophies, but he has implemented some of his own ideas into the Heat gameplan as well.
The bottom line is that Riley is in control and calling the shots. He will do what is in the best interest of the Heat organization. Therefore, Riley will not be afraid to make a change if he feels it is necessary.
Interestingly, Rivers almost decided not to return to Boston this summer. It was believed that he wanted to spend more time with his family, but ultimately he decided to coach the Celtics for at least one more season.
Rivers is not interested in discussing his future right now, but all indications are that he would be interested in the Heat’s potential job opening if he decides that he wants a change of scenery. It is also not a secret that the Celtics’ Big Three is not getting any younger. Their window of opportunity to win another championship title is starting to close.
I think it will take an epic failure of astronomical proportions for Spolestra to lose his job. I have tremendous faith and confidence in Spolestra’s coaching abilities, and will be absolutely astonished if he does not succeed.
The bottom line is Coach Spo is in the best possible position to be successful with the unbelievable talent that he has to work with. Therefore, Spolestra has the ultimate NBA dream job. If he fails to help guide the Heat towards the ultimate goal of achieving greatness and winning championships, then there is no doubt in my mind that his head will be on the chopping block.
Pat Riley will be very anxious to go in a different direction. Also, Heat fans will be crying a river for a coaching change as well.