Miami Heat: Coach Erik Spoelstra should shine in NBA’s return to action

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Miami Heat head coach, Erik Spoelstra, has been the constant target of criticism & doubt over the last year or so. In the NBA’s return, he has a chance to shine brightly.

The Miami Heat are the team and organization that they are for many reasons. On top of great ownership, first and foremost, they have the basketball leadership in place that can take ownership’s philosophies, apply them, and translate them into winning on the basketball court.

That one man translation department is the Godfather of the Miami Heat and the NBA, Pat RileyRiles definitley doesn’t get the job done on his own though.

Pat Riley is a man not only known for being able to get the job done himself, but scout great talent to help him along the way. While this definitely includes another of the most important parts, if not the most important part of winning in the NBA in the players, they aren’t the real prize of prizes for Pat Riley and the Miami Heat.

A foremost Pat Riley disciple if there ever was one, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, is one of the absolute key reasons why the Miami Heat are able to consistently be the organization that they have been across the last decade or so.

Being able to get the most out of the least, sometimes having to squeak out winning with less than suitable talent while also being able to handle his business when he’s supposed to such as winning titles with the Big 3, Spo has earned the respect that he is given. Well, at least the respect he’s given by a lot of people.

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has heard the doubters, although he doesn’t show it. He has that exact opportunity to show them in the NBA’s return.

In any situation, Coach Spoelstra has a prime opportunity with the NBA returning to action. With things about as equal as they ever will be, from a rust, conditioning, and getting back into the groove of things perspective, there won’t be much separating many of the teams that will take the floor once play resumes.

While some players simply are built different or are just that much more elite, that will only be one player and at max two per team, and that’s if every team has at least one guy like that.

With the players being on around as equal footing as you’ll ever see different grades of elite athletes be, save for a few like Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat in example, coaching and scheme will be the ultimate separating factor in winning and losing.

Coach Erik Spoelstra not only has the opportunity to sneak up on teams, but he also has a chance to prove those wrong that were doubting the Heat coming into this season, and those who have doubted him for so long or simply continue to do so. Looking at you, as always, Dan Dakich.

The players will still have to come out and play. That is a fact. However, with a coach like Spo at the helm, the Miami Heat are much more well equipped there than most and he has a prime opportunity to put it all on display for the world to see just why that is the case in the NBA hopeful upcoming return to action.