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07:15 AM ET 09.23 | Since the forming of Miami's Big Three, pressure has been on Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, and yet his teams have come through with title-winning seasons thanks to LeBron James and Chris Bosh joining Dwyane Wade. Coaches that win consecutive championships receive lucrative offers for speeches, book deals and more. But we hear [Spoelstra] is turning down everything. As a friend said, at this point in his life, he wants to focus on winning championships. Spoelstra again has used a bit of his time this summer to study coaches and their techniques, including friend Chip Kelly in Philadelphia and Pete Carroll in Seattle. (He also spoke to Seahawks and University of Tennessee players, and Russell Wilson raved about his speech to the Seahawks.)

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September 23, 2013  08:01 AM ET

Fantastic.

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September 23, 2013  08:36 AM ET

For some reason, I love it when coaches talk to other coaches of different sports to try and better their team.

September 23, 2013  08:45 AM ET

He'll never get the credit. Lebron didn't win anything before he got to Miami. Lebron had a coach of the year in Brown but didn't win anything. Coaches do make a difference in winning a title. Spo never gave in to Lebron and he made sure that his plan was followed through. He didn't let Lebron and DWade undermine him. That's a sign of a good coach.

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September 23, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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he's handled them well for sure- and he has done a good job with thatbut as for giving into lebron....not sure what that means-lbj hasn't really changed his game other than not taking as many deep shots as he did early on and if you look at his stats- he's basically been the same guy he's been his whole career- - he just has far better players around himand that is why spo won't get his due until he wins without him

You've seen the exchanges between them. You've seen how Lebron was frustrated and tried to shrug him off. There was a time when the media and fans were questioning when will Spo get fired because he wasn't catering to Lebron's brat manners. He got the players to believe in him and followed through w/ his game plan.

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September 23, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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not disputing that- he has managed their egos welland in the NBA...that is probably the most important part of coachingAll I'm saying is that spo won squat before lbj-he had 2 first round exits with (at the time) a top 5 player in Wadeand as soon as lbj came over with bostrich-he went right to the finals- so IMO- it is more that LBJ has made him and everyone around him better, than spo doing something to make LBJ better.I mean LBJ took a putrid cav teams to ECF's and a finals

Ofcourse it is LBJ. Ofcourse you need an elite player to get you over the hump, that's true for PJ or Pop or Riles or whoever you take into account.
What I like about Spo is he's been improving as a coach, AND by the looks of his off-season contacts, he's working hard to get even better all the time. That cannot be said about many other coaches.

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September 23, 2013  10:14 AM ET

No One Cares, Bro.

September 23, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Spo deserves any credit that he gets. Managing multiple stars with multiple egos can be tough. He doesn't just sit on his loins and try not to better himself or his team. Phil Jackson gets plenty of credit for being a great coach because of all the rings he has, but to my knowledge, I don't think any of those rings were won without Michael Jordan, Kobe, or Shaq being on those teams. Regardless how good of a coach you are, you won't win without the horses in the staple.

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September 23, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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Spo deserves any credit that he gets. Managing multiple stars with multiple egos can be tough. He doesn't just sit on his loins and try not to better himself or his team. Phil Jackson gets plenty of credit for being a great coach because of all the rings he has, but to my knowledge, I don't think any of those rings were won without Michael Jordan, Kobe, or Shaq being on those teams. Regardless how good of a coach you are, you won't win without the horses in the staple.

Managing multiple stars with multiple egos......man, he sure has a tough job. I bet Jacque Vaughn or Monty Williams would rather be in their positions than with the Miami Heat.

September 23, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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Managing multiple stars with multiple egos......man, he sure has a tough job. I bet Jacque Vaughn or Monty Williams would rather be in their positions than with the Miami Heat.

Yup, but I bet they won't do a better job then Spo. Look at Dumbtonie and Mike Brown, they couldn't win w/ superstars on their roster.

September 23, 2013  11:31 AM ET

Spo should hang on the Heat as long as he can. Not sure life after Lebron would propel him to win another ring.

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September 23, 2013  01:20 PM ET
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Well the Cavs did win the E Conference back in '07. HaHa

Yes, and if Lebron had figured out how to dial it up on the biggest stage earlier in his career, he and Brown might have won a title or two in Cleveland, and Lebron and Spro would have had a better shot that first year in Miami.

September 23, 2013  02:29 PM ET

All has at least the best hairstyle of all the coaches in the NBA!

September 23, 2013  02:32 PM ET

Spolstra

 
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