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Old 11-29-2010, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Heat are growing frustrated with coach Erik Spoelstra and some are questioning whether he is the right man for the job, according to people close to the situation.

Miami has lost four of their last five games, leading players to privately grumble about Spoelstra for a number of reasons.

The players believe he is not letting them be themselves, that they are questioning his offensive strategies, and that they think he is panicking because he fears losing his job, according to sources.

Contrary to popular belief that Spoelstra is afraid to criticize superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he's been very hard on them.

"He's jumping on them," one source said. "If anything, he's been too tough on them. Everybody knows LeBron is playful and likes to joke around, but Spoelstra told him in front of the whole team that he has to get more serious. The players couldn't believe it. They feel like Spoelstra's not letting them be themselves."
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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of course.
the team is playing like crap and the one to blame is the coach.
i didnt see this one coming...
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you are the Heat and have lost 4 out of 5 and you are Lebron joking around.....

Spoelstra is fucking right, stop fucking around and get serious.
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These guys have to listen to their coach and trust in him. They can't just be playing one on one offence all the time
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"If anything, he's been too tough on them. Everybody knows LeBron is playful and likes to joke around, but Spoelstra told him in front of the whole team that he has to get more serious.
how is that spoelstra's fault if the franchise player just wants to chill, just not fair
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its so funny; "he's being too tough on them"...
they were talking about running the league and going for 73 wins... but they are 9-8. so instead of being tough on them, he should be easy on them? who cares that they are playing like crap, they should all just relax and take it easy! hahahaha

this guy's back is against the wall... his job is in jeopardy. the worst thing in the world for him personally would be to be nice. obviously he's going to be hard, try to get these idiots motivated and hopefully knock some sense into them. but they are complaining because he's being hard? these guys are such babies.
i hate the heat even more now.
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its so funny; "he's being too tough on them"...
they were talking about running the league and going for 73 wins... but they are 9-8. so instead of being tough on them, he should be easy on them? who cares that they are playing like crap, they should all just relax and take it easy! hahahaha

this guy's back is against the wall... his job is in jeopardy. the worst thing in the world for him personally would be to be nice. obviously he's going to be hard, try to get these idiots motivated and hopefully knock some sense into them. but they are complaining because he's being hard? these guys are such babies.
i hate the heat even more now.
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I can't believe what pussies these guys are. It's astounding really! I give him no more then a few more weeks unless they rattle off a 7 game winning streak or something. Fuckin' spoiled brats!
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I'll say it again...the Heat were going to be scary good when Bosh joined. Wade would have dominated the ball and Bosh could float and score like he does.

When LeEgo joined, it was "too many cooks" and all the unity went out the window.

This has been fun to watch. The Raps play them the last game of the year...that might be a BIG game for the Heat.
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Blah blah blah. It could be that the root of the problem is the coach's inability to connect with his players, and communicate with them. If all Spoelstra's got is knocking his players for their demeanor off the court, then it doesn't exactly say much about that part of his job. I don't envy him, and it doesn't seem to be all that fair, but it also appears that he might be in over his head. In any case it's not really all that interesting, or all that different from many other situations across the league. The real question is whether Riley has the guy's back or not, and whether these guys can start playing better together.

I for one, would much rather be a fan in Miami, than being a fan in Toronto.
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If they think Spoelstra's tough on them they better hope to hell Riley doesn't take over.
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The worst part about all of this is that if all the stars would have stayed with their original teams they would all have better records. It's sad.
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They need Coach K !
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the writing is on the wall for spoelstra.
the fact that he is labeled as the 'problem' makes him a goner... imo, he has 2 weeks left, tops.
the way these guys play and where their heads are at, they will continue to give this kind of minimal effort until he is fired.
they just dont care.
they arent the ones being blamed, its the coach. theres nothing motivating them to play harder, because its not their fault... they all believe its the coach's fault.
none of them will take any ownership, none of them will take responsibility.
until they decide to get their shit together as a team and wrap their brains around team unity and 'non individual star power', they will continue to play this way and find something or someone else to pin the blame on.
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If they think Spoelstra's tough on them they better hope to hell Riley doesn't take over.
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I'll say it again...the Heat were going to be scary good when Bosh joined. Wade would have dominated the ball and Bosh could float and score like he does.

When LeEgo joined, it was "too many cooks" and all the unity went out the window.

This has been fun to watch. The Raps play them the last game of the year...that might be a BIG game for the Heat.
Agreed.

It doesn't help that the guys don't seem to respect Spoelstra either though.... when you have a star-laden team like that one you can't have a young head coach (esp. one who didn't play in the league)... just doesn't work.

They need a Riley. He was the one who sold the guys on this plan in the first place.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:47 PM   #18 (permalink)
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If they think Spoelstra's tough on them they better hope to hell Riley doesn't take over.
That's what I thought at first, but then I thought that they might have more respect for Riley. They might "Respect [his] authoritah" a bit more than they do for Spoelstra.

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I'll say it again...the Heat were going to be scary good when Bosh joined. Wade would have dominated the ball and Bosh could float and score like he does.

When LeEgo joined, it was "too many cooks" and all the unity went out the window.

This has been fun to watch. The Raps play them the last game of the year...that might be a BIG game for the Heat.
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I've always felt this way. If you look at previous championship winners it's been a star guard and star bigman combo. Wade and Bosh would have done just fine together, if not better.
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Riley would not be in over his head. And he would surely have his own back.
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