In a press release issued by the Miami Heat on Tuesday, the team announced that former NBA head coach and long-time assistant Ron Rothstein has decided to retire from coaching to become part of the Heat's broadcasting team in time for the 2014-2015 season. Earlier this week, it was announced that changes to the assistant coaching lineup were inevitable, to possibly make way for assistant coaches chosen by head coach Erik Spoelstra. It's worth noting that this is not the first time Rothstein has served as a broadcaster, he was a color commentator for the Detroit Pistons for a brief period in the 1990's.
This marks the end of the 16-year coaching period Rothstein has spent with the Miami Heat. Rothstein of course acted as the Heat's first official head coach in 1988 and guided them for three seasons. His retirement will mark the end of a his 26-year career as part of an NBA bench, his legacy includes eighteen playoff appearances, nine Eastern Conference Finals appearances, six NBA Finals appearances, six Eastern Conference Championships, and three NBA championships. These accolades alone will of course allow Rothstein to deliver extremely insightful knowledge when he begins broadcasting on Sun Sports this fall. His new role should help make way for discussions regarding the last few contending years, allowing fans to get an idea as to what may have transpired within the locker room during that time.
To add to the the numerous coaching changes, Hall of Famer and fellow long-time assistant coach Bob McAdoo will be embracing two new roles this coming season. He is set to become a key part of the the Heat's scouting staff, as well as begin to serve as Community Liaison in the South Florida community (a role formerly occupied by Tim Hardaway). McAdoo will be a phenomenal addition to Miami's scouting staff as he sports 33 years of NBA experience (19 as a coach in Miami). He obviously understands the roster, and knows what spots will need to be filled in the coming years. McAdoo is set to begin scouting pro, college and international play. McAdoo is certainly a recognizable basketball figure having been a five-time NBA All-Star in his playing days, and winning both an NBA championship as well as two European championships later in his career.
Heat President Pat Riley had kind words to say about them both illustrating his appreciation for their time as part of the staff, saying:
"Both Ron and Bob were instrumental in the success of the Heat and their contributions to our three championships cannot be overstated," he said. "They are Heat lifers and I'm happy that they will continue to be an important part of the organization as they evolve into their new roles within the Heat family."
"I want to thank Ron and Bob for their guidance, wisdom and dedication that they provided to me when I took over as head coach," said Spoelstra. "I especially want to thank them for all their hard work and support these past six seasons. They were a huge part of all our team success. Moving forward, having their great basketball minds just down the hall will continue to be invaluable."
While we enter a new chapter in Heat basketball history, these changes mark the end of an era. Both coaches have done outstanding jobs as members of the staff and we here at Hot Hot Hoops wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.