Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra deserves more credit for the Heat's success

Grant Halverson

The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 to win the NBA Finals, clinching back to back championships. LeBron James has won back to back NBA Finals MVPs, and regular season MVPs. He carried the Heat all year long, and was deserving of the award. Chris Bosh got a season saving rebound in Game 6, which led to Ray Allen's ever so clutch 3 pointer that tied the game. Bosh also blocked Danny Green's last second attempt to tie the game in OT.

LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen get almost all of the credit, and deservingly so, but there is someone who isn't getting enough credit than he should be; Erik Spoelstra.

Once LeBron and Bosh came to town, people said Spoelstra wasn't the right man for the job, and the Heat could find somebody better, like team president Pat Riley. Rumors were that Riley might take over the head coaching duties once LeBron and Bosh came in, but Riley believed in Spoelstra, he said he's the right man for the job, and he stuck with Spo.

Later in the season, the Heat reached the NBA Finals, only to lose to the Dallas Mavericks. After this, a lot more people wanted Spoelstra gone, but Pat Riley still believed in Spoelstra.

The next year, the Miami Heat were in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. The Heat lost Game 5 at home with the series tied at 2 games a piece, which gave the Celtics a 3-2 series lead. Everything looked bleak for Miami, a lot of people said it was over, and they stood no chance in Game 6 on the road. If the Heat would've been eliminated, it was pretty safe to say Spoelstra would've been fired. Everyone would've been criticizing Riley as well, for believing and sticking with Spo for so long.

That didn't happen, the Heat have won back to back championships, and Spoelstra isn't getting much credit at all. LeBron deserves a lot of it, but lets give Erik Spoelstra some love for what he's done. Coaching in the NBA isn't easy, just look at how many open jobs there are each year, coaches are getting fired left and right.

Some people criticize Spoelstra with this statement "He has LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, of course he's going to win, he doesn't deserve any credit." OK, if that's what you truly believe, then Phil Jackson doesn't deserve any credit either. Yes he has 11 rings, but he had Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaq, of course he's going to win, he doesn't deserve any credit, right?

There's never been a great head coach who won multiple rings, and didn't have great players. Ultimately, that's all that matters, if you don't have good players, you aren't going to win, it doesn't matter who the coach is. But you have to have a good coach, Doc Rivers is an example. The Clippers traded for him, gave up stuff in order to sign Doc. They could've signed a coach that was without a job, but instead they traded for Doc, who's a great coach.

I'm not saying Erik Spoelstra is the next Phil Jackson, or even Doc Rivers. Spo has one of the toughest jobs in sports, he's ultimately in a no-win situation. If the Heat win, LeBron gets all the credit, when the Heat lose though, Spoelstra receives criticism, along with LeBron. Let's just start giving Spoelstra some more credit for the Heat's success, he has done a good job weathering the storms for the Miami Heat, and Riley's decision to stick with Spoelstra, has been validated.

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