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Erik Spoelstra, Doc Rivers join Woj Pod

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The two discuss the Heat’s 2012 seven-game series against the Celtics.

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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.

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.