The Miami Heat confirmed the recent reports regarding the restructuring of their coaching staff early Thursday via the team’s website.
A statement from Pat Riley can be seen here.
Riley said that longtime assistant coach Ron Rothstein, who has had ties to the team for nearly three decades, has retired from coaching and “will join the HEAT Broadcast team and serve as a Corporate Liaison”. Another former assistant, Bob McAdoo, who played for Riley in Los Angeles and joined him on Miami’s coaching staff in 1995, will “become a pro scout and serve as a Community Liaison”.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra also provided the following statement on Rothstein and McAdoo:
“I want to thank Ron and Bob for their guidance, wisdom and dedication that they provided to me when I took over as head coach. I especially want to thank them for all their hard work and support these past six seasons. They were a huge part of all our team success. Moving forward, having their great basketball minds just down the hall will continue to be invaluable.”
The shuffling of the coaching staff is expected to make way for David Fizdale to become a lead assistant, as well as give more opportunities to assistant coach Dan Craig, as well as former Heat player Juwan Howard, who served last year in player development.
The statement from the team did not confirm if Keith Smart, a former NBA head coach, would join the team at this point. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that Smart was in discussions to join the team earlier this week.
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