5 Reasons Why Erik Spoelstra's Avoiding Miami Heat Hot Seat

By Richard Nurse

5 Reasons Why Erik Spoelstra's Avoiding Miami Heat Hot Seat

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When you are the second longest tenured coach in the NBA, players tend to get tired of hearing your voice -- unless your name is Gregg Popovich. Unfortunately for Miami Heat fans, Erik Spoelstra is no Pop when it comes to name or the ability to manage a stacked roster without caring about making everyone happy.

Miami may be at a stage where new blood is what they need, but here are five reasons why Spoelstra continues to avoid the hot seat.

5. It's Too Early

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5. It's Too Early

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Too early may seem like an overstatement when you remember Miami's 37-45 debacle from the 2014-15 season, but everyone in the organization received a pass after LeBron James skipped town. So a 13-9 start would be too soon to pull the plug on a coach in an Eastern Conference with 10 teams over .500.

4. Poor Team Building

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4. Poor Team Building

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We all praised Pat Riley and the Heat front office for their team building skills, but in retrospect Miami ended up with a roster full of big men in a league that's shrinking. Not only are they too slow to push tempo, but they have absolutely no consistent three-point threats to keep a defense honest.

3. Turnovers

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3. Turnovers

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Laziness and lack of effort can be traced back to tuning a coach out. An average of 14 turnovers per game for a team that is one spot above last place in scoring has to be blamed on the men taking the court.

2. Goodwill

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2. Goodwill

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Four straight NBA Finals appearances, two championships, a 27-game win streak, the highest win percentage of any Miami Heat coach and the taker of two pre-James teams to the playoffs during a rebuild sound like enough to earn Spoelstra more than a few passes.

1. He's The Heir

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1. He's The Heir

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Plain and simple, Spoelstra was Riley’s hand picked replacement, so giving him a pink slip would require mister loyalty to cut all of his heartstrings.

Richard Nurse is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr or add him to your network on Google.

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