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Top 10 Reasons Why the Miami Heat will Fire Erik Spoelstra

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The Miami Heat erupted into the NBA season amid fireworks, fanfare and a whole lot of swagger. However, once the season got under way, that quickly gave way to bickering, name calling and finger pointing. Even worse than the infighting has been the losses, which have pushed the team to near .500, a mediocre 5th in the Eastern Conference, and looking less like world champions and more like a lottery team. Who’s to blame? It’s the Wade Phillips of the NBA, a.k.a. Erik Spoelstra. Here are the top 10 reasons why Erik Spoelstra will soon be fired.

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10. He thinks he’s already a winning coach. Erik Spoelstra still has to convince people that he actually works in the NBA because nobody recognizes him.  With that in mind, it’s hard for him to win with the ‘tough guy’ approach he’s been using with his star players; it just isn’t inspiring them. Erik, you’re not Stan Van Gundy so lose the attitude, and sorry to break it to you but you’ve won 100 games in your career, not 100 rings.

9. Forcing LeBron to play the point. LeBron doesn’t want to play the point guard position, but his coaches, including Spoelstra, think that’s the best way to use him. This underscores the fact that Erik just doesn’t understand his players. Yes, ‘Bron’s a good passing forward, but he’s not a point guard and the Heat have guards that could bring the ball up and get it to James. Let them.

8. Acting as though nothing is wrong. There are losses piling up, players complaining, fans losing interest, and yet Spoelstra either says nothing or acts as though everything is fine. If he keeps it up, he’ll be watching the Heat on television.

7. The “Fan Up” campaign. Speaking of fans losing interest… Forget about offering fans incentives to come to games, how about offering them a winning team with a real coach? You have three of the best players on this planet and you have to beg the fans to show up? Are you kidding me?

6. No in game adjustments. Spoelstra’s known for preparation, but it seems like once he comes up with a game plan, he never wavers. That means that other teams are adjusting, while he isn’t. I mean, seriously Spo…can’t you be wrong sometimes? Can’t you come out of the half and switch up your game plan?

5. Spoelstra can’t coach big egos. With three of the best players in the league on his roster, you’d think that he’d figure out some way to get them to play together. However, he proved last season that he doesn’t understand chemistry, and this year he’s also showing that he doesn’t understand offenses. Now LeBron’s “bump” reveals just how weak the team’s bond is, and instead of dealing with the issue, he sweeps it under the rug claiming not to have even noticed it. C’mon Erik, we all saw you spin halfway around after the bump from ‘Bron. We saw it in slow-mo. The truth is, you can’t control your players, can you?

4. Someone has to take the blame. Fair? Maybe not, but realistically it’s a fact. On one hand, you have LeBron, the two time reigning MVP and possibly the most famous player in the NBA right now. On another you have Miami’s beloved star D-Wade, who won a championship and arguably should have an MVP of his own. Then, you’ve got Bosh, a dominant power-forward who led a terrible Raptors team to the playoffs.  Each has been an all-star, each has been selected to an All-NBA team, and each was a top 5 draft pick. Finally you have Erik Spoelstra; a third-year coach with no championship experience. A team with such incredible buzz around them is failing to meet their potential. Someone has to take the blame and the fact is that Erik Spoelstra is the most replaceable part of the Miami Heat equation.

3. Lost belief. The team is breaking down and the media is talking. The dream team is gradually turning into a nightmare. As Dwayne Wade himself pointed out no one is doing well, not the players and not the coach. If the players don’t believe in the team, how can you ask the fans to?

2. There’s only so much time. It’s still somewhat early. Yet the further we get into the NBA season, the slimmer the chance of a Heat championship run becomes. We have players that have proven they can work together (remember that Olympics thing?), so we know what the problem is. Or rather WHO the problem is. Sooner rather than later, the organization will have had enough. Spo, you’ve got to go.

1. Spoelstra’s never won anything. Recalling the Heat’s 2006 National Championship season, a powerful Pat Riley stepped in to take over a Heat team that was just one game over .500, ultimately leading them to victory. Riley has 7 championship rings to show for his storied career, which is 7 more than Erik Spoelstra. NBA players are notorious for only following someone who’s ‘been there’, meaning, played in the league and preferably won a title or two. Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers command respect, but Erik Spoelstra looks like he wandered off of the set of a CBS sitcom.

Meanwhile, one of the best coaches in NBA history is staring down at Erik Spoelstra from the front box office. How long will it take until that stare turns into action?

The Miami Heat erupted into the NBA season amid fireworks, fanfare and a whole lot of swagger. However, once the season got under way, that quickly fell aside to bickering, name calling and finger pointing. Even worse than the infighting has been the losses, which have pushed the team to near .500, a mediocre 5th in the Eastern Conference, and looking less like a world champion and more like a lottery team. Who’s to blame? It’s the Wade Phillips of the NBA, a.k.a. Erik Spoelstra. Here are the top 10 reasons why Erik Spoelstra will soon be fired.

10. He thinks he’s already a winning coach. Erik Spoelstra still has to convince people that he actually works in the NBA because nobody recognizes him. With that in mind, it’s hard for him to win with the ‘tough guy’ approach he’s been using with his star players; it just isn’t inspiring them. Erik, you’re not Stan Van Gundy so lose the attitude, and sorry to break it to you but you’ve won 100 games in your career, not 100 rings.

9. Forcing LeBron to play the point. LeBron doesn’t want to play the point guard position, but his coaches, including Spoelstra, think that’s the best way to use him. This underscores the fact that Erik just doesn’t understand his players. Yes, ‘Bron’s a good passing forward, but he’s not a point guard and the Heat have guards that could bring the ball up and get it to James. Let them.

8. Acting as though nothing is wrong. There are losses piling up, players complaining, fans losing interest, and yet Spoelstra either says nothing or acts as though everything is fine. If he keeps it up, he’ll be watching the Heat on television.

7. The “Fan Up” campaign. Speaking of fans losing interest… Forget about offering fans incentives to come to games, how about offering them a winning team with a real coach? You have three of the best players on this planet and you have to beg the fans to show up? Are you kidding me?

6. No in game adjustments. Spoelstra’s known for preparation, but it seems like once he comes up with a game plan, he never wavers. That means that other teams are adjusting, while he isn’t. I mean, seriously Spo…can’t you be wrong sometimes? Can’t you come out of the half and switch up your game plan?

5. Spoelstra can’t coach big egos. With three of the best players in the league on his roster, you’d think that he’d figure out some way to get them to play together. However, he proved last season that he doesn’t understand chemistry, and this year he’s also showing that he doesn’t understand offenses. Now LeBron’s “bump” reveals just how weak the team’s bond is, and instead of dealing with the issue, he sweeps it under the rug claiming not to have even noticed it. C’mon Erik, we all saw you spin halfway around after the bump from ‘Bron. We saw it in slow-mo. The truth is, you can’t control your players, can you?

4. Someone has to take the blame. Fair? Maybe not, but realistically it’s a fact. On one hand, you have LeBron, the two time reigning MVP and possibly the most famous player in the NBA right now. On another you have Miami’s beloved star D-Wade, who won a championship and arguably should have an MVP of his own. Then, you’ve got Bosh, a dominant power-forward who led a terrible Raptors team to the playoffs. Each has been an all-star, each has been selected to an All-NBA team, and each was a top 5 draft pick. Finally you have Erik Spoelstra; a third-year coach with no championship experience. A team with such incredible buzz around them is failing to meet their potential. Someone has to take the blame and the fact is that Erik Spoelstra is the most replaceable part of the Miami Heat equation.

3. Lost belief. The team is breaking down and the media is talking. The dream team is gradually turning into a nightmare. As Dwayne Wade himself pointed out no one is doing well, not the players and not the coach. If the players don’t believe in the team, how can you ask the fans to?

2. There’s only so much time. It’s still somewhat early. Yet the further we get into the NBA season, the slimmer the chance of a Heat championship run becomes. We have players that have proven they can work together (remember that Olympics thing?), so we know what the problem is. Or rather WHO the problem is. Sooner rather than later, the organization will have had enough. Spo, you’ve got to go.

1. Spoelstra’s never won anything. Recalling the Heat’s 2006 National Championship season, a powerful Pat Riley stepped in to take over a Heat team that was just one game over .500, ultimately leading them to victory. Riley has 7 championship rings to show for his storied career, which is 7 more than Erik Spoelstra. NBA players are notorious for only following someone who’s ‘been there’, meaning, played in the league and preferably won a title or two. Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers command respect, but Erik Spoelstra looks like he wandered off of the set of a CBS sitcom.

Meanwhile, one of the best coaches in NBA history is staring down at Erik Spoelstra from the front box office. How long will it take until that stare turns into action?

 

5 Responses to “Top 10 Reasons Why the Miami Heat will Fire Erik Spoelstra” (post new)

  1.  

    Hahaha, funny post, and I agree. Keep up the good work!

  2.  

    gotta agree, he’ll be gone soon. prolly “retire” lol

  3.  

    Eh I’m not so sure, I mean, Spoelstra’s no saint, but is he really that bad?

  4.  

    @jramirez: yes, he is

  5.  

    Hey – great write-up. So I just saw last night’s game… unfortunately, he’s still the king. I’m hoping that this isn’t the beginning of the end for Cleveland. If the Cavs are not going to rise up for this game, how are you going to turn them on? Personally, I’m just pleased Cleveland’s fans weren’t awful. Anyhow… nice blog – I’m subscribed to your RSS feed now so thanks again!

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