Erik Spoelstra Coaching the Heat to the Top
The Miami Heat were given a 2% chance to make it to the Finals, but they sure did make it. From the coaching side, it’s Spoelstra’s most impressive coaching actions in recent history. It’s what cements him as one of the most composed and assured basketball coaches in the world. It also makes him one of the coaches that can be viewed as the face of the NBA franchise – not including Gregg Popovich.
Over the past 50 years, there have been only three coaches participating in more Finals than Erik Spoelstra’s five appearances – Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, and Pop.
A Selfless Competition
When it comes to Erik Spoelstra, his coaching embodies a selfless competitive ethos, which is better than that of any other coach in the NBA. His personality is known to be a tone-setter in Miami, and with that also comes respect at any level within the organization.
Spoelstra started as a video coordinator 25 years ago for the Miami Heat and was in charge of running to get sandwiches for the staff and fetching dry cleaning. He’s been with the Miami Heat for only seven seasons less than 71-year old Popovich has been with the San Antonio Spurs.
Now, Erik Spoelstra is arguably one of the most important non-players in the entire NBA.