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Spoelstra on verge of Heat coaching history

The Miami Heat head coach is about to pass his mentor in the record books.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is one win away from tying Heat President Pat Riley for the most regular season wins in franchise history. So it is only a matter of time before Spoelstra ties Riley and then surpasses him.

It took Riley 11 seasons with the Heat to reach the 454 wins he has with the team. Spoelstra is at 453 and in his 10th season after taking over for Riley in 2008.

Spoelstra already owns the Heat record for playoff wins with 70. And behind Greg Popovich, he is the longest tenured coach in the NBA. It speaks a lot to the trust and relationship that is in the Miami Heat organization because not every year has been pleasant. They have struggled, but also had the ultimate success.

Spoelstra, whether you love him or hate him, has maintained stability here and is respected around the NBA. And now he dives deeper into the Heat history books as he is about to pass Pat Riley.

Although Riley does have 1,210 total regular season victories as a coach (L.A. Lakers and New York Knicks). Spoelstra has a long ways to go before he amounts that total.