The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported Monday that coach Erik Spoelstra is considering making changes to the Miami Heat’s offense. And he said that Spoelstra spent five-and-a-half hours with renowned offensive mind and Nova Southeastern University coach Jim Crutchfield.
NEW: Spoelstra considering changes to Heat's offense. Here’s one successful coach whose brain he picked. And Heat/Dewan Hernandez: https://t.co/28XNAByqqw— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) May 13, 2019
If you haven’t heard of that name or that university, it’s because Nova Southeastern is in Division II. But Crutchfield has built up an impressive 405-75 career coaching record. And his teams play up-tempo.
The decision to seek insight is a good one from Spoelstra, who has always been a better defensive coach than offensive one. Miami’s offense has struggled mightily since LeBron James left five years ago. Some of that is due to personnel — Goran Dragic in 2018 (injury replacement) and Dwyane Wade in 2019 (special roster addition) have been the Heat’s only All-Stars since 2014 — but part of that stems from the Heat’s philosophy.
Miami finished 26th in offensive efficiency and 23rd in pace this past year. And the Heat have never been a run-and-gun team. In the 2012-13 season that featured the 27-game win streak, Miami finished 23rd in pace.