The Miami Heat are trying to get a leg up on the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals and one of the reasons the team has been so good is thanks to the coaching of Erik Spoelstra. He’s not a mastermind like Phil Jackson, but he’s been able to manage this team of egos and help them come together for a single cause.
He also doesn’t get the props he deserves for just getting out of the way when he needs to, and that’s something his players very much appreciate.
“In certain moments he trusts us to come up with what we feel is best,” Dwyane Wade said. “… We wouldn’t be champions if we didn’t have it. We wouldn’t be the team we are today if we didn’t have the trust from both sides to understand we don’t have all the answers, they don’t have all the answers. We’re figuring it all out together. A lot of it is on the fly at times.”
It’s not that they don’t like listening to Spoelstra, but it’s been made clear that he doesn’t need to hold the hands of this team in the least bit. When you have LeBron James on your team and Dwyane Wade next to him, your job is already half done and Spoelstra recognizes that at times. It’s a skill that not many give him credit for having but hiss players recognize it and that’s all that matters.