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NBA: Miami Heat Sign Coach Erik Spoelstra to Extension
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NBA: Miami Heat Sign Coach Erik Spoelstra to Extension

Sep 30 2013, 12:06am CDT | by

The Miami Heat signed two-time NBA champion head coach Erik Spoelstra to a contract extension on Sunday.

The Miami Heat rewarded coach Erik Spoelstra with a multi-year extension on Sunday. The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman points out Spoelstra was heading into the 2013-14 NBA season on the last year of...

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NBA: Miami Heat Sign Coach Erik Spoelstra to Extension

Sep 30 2013, 12:06am CDT | by

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The Miami Heat signed two-time NBA champion head coach Erik Spoelstra to a contract extension on Sunday.

The Miami Heat rewarded coach Erik Spoelstra with a multi-year extension on Sunday.

The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman points out Spoelstra was heading into the 2013-14 NBA season on the last year of his contract. He writes,"Solidifying Spoelstra's future was a significant first step toward brining stability to the equation" taking into accout the Big Three of MVP LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh having to make significant contract decisions at the end of 2013-14. 

On the other hand, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel confirms terms of Spoelstra's new contract were not disclosed by the Heat as the team does not divulge these details pertaining to coaches or members of the front office

However, ESPN reports Spoelstra is due for a "significant raise" of his base salary of $3 million. His new deal "may come with a role in the team's front office," per the update

Winderman emphasizes the Heat head coach will continue to have a say in personnel decisions. 

Spoelstra's extension coincides with several moves made within the team's coaching staff last Saturday. Former Heat player Juwan Howard and Dan Craig, a close friend of Spoelstra, were given full-time positions as assistant coaches. 

Meanwhile, Keith Askins and Chad Kammerer, who were previously on Spoelstra's coaching staff, moved to personnel positions. Spoelstra is represented by Creative Artists Agency, which also represents Wade and Bosh. 

Spoelstra has been the coach of Miami for five seasons, guiding the team to playoff appearances each and every time on his way to a 260-134 overall head coaching record. Under his guidance, the Heat have appeared in three consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

They have won back-to-back NBA titles, punctuated by a 27-winning game winning streak last season -- the second-longest in NBA history. They are gunning for a three-peat in 2013-14. 

With "Coach Spo's" impressive track record, no less than Miami Heat team president Pat Riley said he wants him to be with the team for the long haul. He said,"I want Spo here for a long, long time." 

 
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Bosh comes up big in Heat’s win over Wizards

Oct 29 2014 9:29pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MIAMI — No LeBron James, no problem. Miami’s new era got off to the best possible start. Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points after winning Miami’s starting point-guard job, and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Washington Wizards 107-95 on Wednesday night — the first time in five years they played an opener without James. "Heat Nation was waiting for this game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We were waiting for this game. ...
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Dwyane Wade used to lead the Miami Heat by example, helping the franchise fill the win column by leaving overstuffed stat lines next to his name. During the past four seasons, though, he led by sacrifice, giving former teammate LeBron James control of everything from the biggest box scores to the key to the city. While James has bolted back to Ohio, the challenge for Wade hasn't changed. Miami still needs him to be in a giving mood; only versatile ...
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Michael Jordan Disagrees With LeBron and Dirk About Shortening NBA Season

Oct 16 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: slamonline

Not too surprisingly, Charlotte Hornets team owner Michael Jordan is not rolling with the idea of slicing games off the NBA’s regular season schedule. LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Erik Spoelstra have all come out publicly in supporter of a shorter season – they don’t care about the experimentation with reduced minutes in a preseason game. MJ says his stance on the issue is based on overall revenue, and a burning desire to play the ga ...
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Dirk Nowitzki: NBA Should Trim Season from 82 Games to the ‘Mid-60s’

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Dallas Mavericks superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki is mostly indifferent to the NBA trying out a 44-minute preseason game; what would catch his attention, would be the highly unlikely scenario where the amount of regular season games is cut down. While echoing Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, Nowitzki also knows that business drives the scheduling conundrum. In a perfect world, Dirk says the season would only be about 65 games long (with significantly ...
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LeBron James will square off against his old pals from South Beach when the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat meet for a preseason clash Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.   Following a victorious exhibition opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Cavaliers will get a chance to see how their new-look roster performs against premier NBA talent.  However, Cleveland will be without one key member of its superstar triumvirate. According to Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick, point guard Kyrie Irving ...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Greatest Challenge Will Be Acing the Chemistry Test

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On paper, the Cleveland Cavaliers have all the ingredients necessary to turn their basketball laboratory into a charred husk of beams and burned-out bricks. That’s how explosive LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving can be if properly mixed and administered. But like all masters of the field, these Cavs first must ace their chemistry tests before being allowed around such incendiaries. That process was dealt a bit of an early blow this week when it was reveal ...
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Let's talk about the expectations, challenges and -- above all -- potential fun of the new-look Cavaliers. LeBron James is always the biggest story in basketball, but LeBron James back in Cleveland? It might be the biggest story in sports. James pulled a stunner by returning to the Cavaliers as a free agent and then the team traded No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love. Cleveland suddenly has a super team with a totally weird roster and a rookie head coach who has plied his t ...
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LeBron James Misses Practice and Will Get More Rest This Season

Oct 3 2014 2:35pm CDT | Source: slamonline

A common (and fair) criticism of Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra last season, was just how hard he rode LeBron James while Dwyane Wade took plenty of time off. Cleveland Cavaliers bench boss David Blatt is embracing a more Popovichian approach with his superstar. James (along with Mike Miller) sat out practice Friday due to his “iffy” back, but he’s expected to suit up for the evening session. Blatt has designs on making this kind of player “maintenan ...
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Is Luol Deng the Miami Heat's Biggest X-Factor for 2014-15 Season?

Oct 3 2014 1:59am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Miami Heat were dealt a tremendous blow this offseason when LeBron James announced in Sports Illustrated he would sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But Pat Riley and Co. responded about as well as they could while faced with such adversity. First, they came to an agreement with Chris Bosh. Then, they did the same with Luol Deng, who will replace James in Miami's starting lineup. The bringing ...
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