ESPN Senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski hosted a conversation with Erik Spoelstra and Doc Rivers on the most recent episode of his podcast, the Woj Pod.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra together on the craft, those Boston-Miami playoff battles, the influence of Pat Riley, the declining attention-span of players and much more. A high-level hour on The Woj Pod: https://t.co/uohqxEIAdI— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 11, 2019
The three discuss numerous topics during the one-hour conversation, including the seven-game series between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. The Big Three-era Heat had come off a disappointing Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks the year prior, and faced a 3-2 series deficit heading into Boston. Doc Rivers called LeBron James’ 45-point performance in Game 6 the best of his career.
Wojnarowski also asked the two coaches if they could name a player who they each learned a lot from. Spoelstra said Quentin Richardson, who played for the Heat during the 2009-10 season and emerged as a capable starting small forward for Miami that year. Rivers named James Posey, who won a championship with Miami in 2006 and Boston in 2008.
Both Spoelstra and Rivers count Pat Riley as a mentor — Rivers played for Riley, and Spoelstra worked for Riley as the Heat video room coordinator. Rivers said that if he never played for Riley, he’d probably never be a coach.
The conversation is worth your time; Spoelstra even says something that the editors at ESPN need to bleep. It is now available on Apple Podcasts or whenever you listen to podcasts.