Among the dramas coming next season — whenever there is a next season — surrounds Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Because there was not enough drama in Miami already.
Spoelstra is entering the last year of his contract. With Pat Riley hanging over him like the Sword of Damocles (just ask Stan Van Gundy) there is inherent drama.
The Heat Index at ESPN talked to Riley about the waiting during the lockout, but when they asked about Spoelstra’s status they didn’t get far.
“We’ve met all summer,” Riley said of Spoelstra, who had a previously-scheduled commitment and was the lone member of the coaching staff not in attendance at Friday’s camp session. “We’ve had some great, long conversations about philosophy. He’s watched every game (from last season) over and over. I’ve watched every single playoff game two or three times. His staff is ready to roll.”
I then pressed Riley on whether there were any discussions as to whether Spoelstra would be rolling with the Heat beyond this season.
“He’s been here, what, 15 years already,” Riley said. “But we don’t talk about contracts.”
Riley does not want to return to the sidelines. But if Spoelstra and the Heat end the season with anything short of a championship, there will be a lot o questions. And decisions.