Miami Heat Hot Topics: Erik Spoelstra & American Airlines Arena all the talk

With the Miami Heat and NBA season on hold, the content flow is of a different type. Looking back and ahead, Coach Spo and opening AAA are the top topics.

With the Miami Heat the NBA suspension still firmly in place, things are perhaps starting to look up. In recent days, we have heard numerous sets of talks that surround the parameters for which the arena will be under as they prepare to welcome back certain tenants.

Until that happens though, there has to be a content flow from somewhere. One of those flows came in the form of an Erik Spoelstra interview with Ernie Johnson for TNT’s #NBATogether. It was here where the Miami Heat head coach opened up about a ton of things.

He spoke on everything from how he found out he would be becoming the Miami Heat head coach to his favorite play ever. He even went on to tell about the fact of how he almost never had the opportunity to become the head coach.

These weren’t all of the headlines though. Let’s get into some of the biggest headlines from over the last week or so from around the web and us here in the FanSided NBA Network.

From Around The Web

Miami-Dade emergency order amendment makes it official: the Heat can resume practice – Miami Herald, David J. Neal & Douglas Hanks

Gyms remain closed officially in Miami-Dade except for one: the NBA’s Miami Heat practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena.

An amendment to Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 15-20, which closed gyms, pools, hot tubs to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, allows “the use of facilities owned or leased by a professional sports franchise, solely by employees of such franchise for training purposes.”

Erik Spoelstra names his all-time favorite Heat player (and finally gets around to Tiger King)South Florida Sun Sentinel, Ira Winderman

No, not LeBron James. Not Dwyane Wade. Not Chris Bosh.

Erik Spoelstra has guided a significant amount of Hall of Fame taken during his 12-year tenure as coach of the Miami Heat, but asked to name a favorite player he has coached, Spoelstra kept it current, albeit with a player no longer in his rotation.

Pat Riley compares Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo to Dwyane Wade – South Florida Sun Sentinel, Ira Winderman

The bar has officially been raised to the highest possible Miami Heat level for Bam Adebayo.

In a video clip released Friday by the team, Heat President Pat Riley went and did it – compared the 2017 first-round pick out of Kentucky to franchise icon Dwyane Wade.

From Around The FanSided NBA Network

Jimmy Butler’s gritty leadership deserves endless praise – Hoops Habit, Dalton Sell

Before joining the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler’s name was synonymous with controversy. First, as a member of the Chicago Bulls, where he and former teammate Derrick Rose were reportedly in disagreement over Rose’s work ethic after the team missed the postseason in 2015-16. The main issue was that Butler apparently, “doesn’t have a lot of respect for his work ethic.”

The move led to Rose getting traded and the Bulls handing Butler the keys to the franchise, only for him to be traded the following offseason to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was here that one of the most fascinating events in Butler’s career took place, the infamous scrimmage where he led the third-stringers to a win over the starters in practice.

Top 6 Free Agent Signings of this Past DecadeAll U Can Heat, Max Marshall

The Miami Heat have come quite a bit ways in their short period of existence as an NBA franchise. Their list of alumni and former players alone speaks exactly towards that notion. From bringing in arguably the greatest player to ever touch the NBA hardwood to re-signing the greatest player the franchise has ever seen as apart of a combo deal of all combo deals, the Heat have done it.

While their all-time roster is something to shout about, their record of free-agent signings from just over the past decade is enough to make some NBA franchises green with envy. Well, perhaps we’ll do just that, as we present the Miami Heat’s top six free-agent signings from over the past decade.

The One thing LeBron James seems to not be good atAll U Can Heat, Kenneth Wilson

The Miami Heat are known for doing things a certain way. That is exactly how they have gotten so far as an organization in such a relatively short period of existence in the NBA.

This is also what led to them eventually hiring current Miami Heat head man Erik Spoelstra as the head guy. Although Spo is the unquestioned leading man as the coach of the Miami Heat, at least in The Godfather Pat Riley‘s eyes, everyone hasn’t always seen it that way.

The NBA and Miami Heat basketball aren’t back yet, but perhaps they aren’t that far away. The world is slowly opening up to the idea of a potential re-open, but things are trickling down more so than an avalanche.

Next: Erik Spoelstra’s 3 biggest moments after 25 years with franchise

The news has also come in more of a trickled fashion, but we are on top of it either way. Until the next time, this has been this week’s Miami Heat Hot Topics!