Erik Spoelstra just received his 8th Eastern Conference coach of the month award, a record for the organization. But does anyone notice? Does anyone notice anything Spo accomplishes with the Heat?
Coach Spo has been the Heat’s head coach for 10 seasons now, and in that time he has won two titles, coached hall of famers, and now is leading a team made up of spare parts and a few good players to the top half of the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
with guys like Wayne Ellington and Josh Johnson, Spo has the Heat just a game and a half behind Cleveland for 3rd place in the East. And could very well pass them before the season is up. He is the second-longest tenured coach behind Popovich of the Spurs. So why doesn’t he get any credit?
Maybe it’s because he coached a team full of superstars and the argument is made that “anyone could win with those guys.” I don’t buy it. Never have, never will. To coach a team with superstars means you also have to deal with giant egos and personalities. Not many coaches have the ability to corral all those different personalities to make up one team, but Spo does. And he did.
He was also winning and leading lesser talented heat teams to the playoffs before getting LeBron and Bosh. And he is doing it again now. So when we speak about the greatest coaches in the game currently, or in sports in general, it’s time that Erik Spoelstra gets the mention and recognition that he deserves.