Miami Heat: Erik Spoelstra Is Slowly Distancing Himself From Pat Riley Mold

By Richard Nurse
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As the days continue to tick down to the beginning of training camp, it is becoming evident that the Miami Heat have come in contact with more than a simple player overhaul. And it’s easy to see that the departure of LeBron James has caused a progression that is both natural and rare all wrapped up in one spot.

During Pat Riley‘s summer call-out session, he stated that Erik Spoelstra would have to reinvent certain parts of his coaching philosophy, however, viewers did not see it as a hint that Spoelstra would be booting assistants Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo from his bench.

No one could have predicted it, but as one source told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “What you are seeing is Erik’s staff continuing to evolve.” And evolving means continuing to find ways to shake out of Riley’s shadow. If that happens to mean ousting two Heat lifers in the process, then so be it. The team President will likely find a spot to stick them in, the same way he did with Keith Askins last year.

Everyone knows that these changes are for the greater good. They give coach Spoelstra a chance to carve a path that doesn’t only include being the guy who built off of pieces he inherited from his mentor.

By bringing in an entirely new crew — that includes David Fizdale, Juwan Howard and Dan Craig — Spoelstra is taking the perfect first step in crafting a separate identity. The strange thing is, you would’ve thought that winning two NBA Championships and pocketing the second longest win-streak in league history would have done that already.

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