Shadow Looms Over Spoelstra: Would Riley Takeover this Late in the Season?

Miami’s winning streaks the last few months have seemingly put an end to the early rumors of tension between Eric Spoelstra and his star players. However a 1-7 record against the top teams in the league is becoming an alarming trend.

The Heat are far too talented to not have had better results against the leagues best squads. This team was built to dominate all not just the weak and pitiful.

This is where Spoelstra comes into the equation. Not calling a single timeout during a 16-0 Knicks run on Sunday night is inexcusable. Pat Riley had to be cringing as the Heat’s double digit lead evaporated without so much as a call to refocus their efforts.

Spoelstra knows more about x’s and o’s then probably any of our readers. Still coaching isn’t always about strategy, sometimes a little charisma is needed as well. Someone who can look you in the eye call you a bum and motivate you to the point that you’d run through a brick wall to prove them wrong.

Is that what Miami lacks?

Now even bringing this up is somewhat farfetched because the situation isn’t exactly a dire one and Riley has given no indication that he’d return to the bench this season.

But what if the Heat stumble the next two weeks during their home loaded slate? What if they don’t progree with Mike Bibby at the point. Even worse what if they  seemingly regress and go on another losing streak? It’s highly unlikely but it doesn’t stop a fan from wishing that “The Godfather” would just look at Spoelstra and say “alright junior hope you enjoyed the ride now pass the keys.”

You can best believe that if there is one guy out there capable of righting this ship  and cracking the whip a bit it’s Riley.

Do the Heat need someone who demands respect like Riley in order to rise to the challenge that faces them? Who knows, but it would sure make for another exciting run the down the stretch.

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