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Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:15 pm
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Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra on the Hot Seat?

Being the head-coach of a professional sports team is no simple task.

When the athletes don’t perform well who does the media point their fingers at first?

When a team doesn’t live up to its hype who’s there to blame besides the coach?

Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat hold a record of 9-8 on the season, good enough for 6th best in the East.

The Heat entered the current season with arguably the most hype and expectations that the league has ever witnessed.

After 17 games it’s safe to say that the team looks discombobulated.

Wade and James don’t seem comfortable on the court alongside of one another and neither is playing the basketball that many expected them to play.

To add fuel to the fire, the team is in desperate need of a legitimate starting point-guard and center.

Carlos Arroyo does not complement the big three and all three centers for Miami are either too old (Dampier and Illgauskas) or lack offensive talent (Anthony).

Power-forward Udonis Haslem suffered what could be a season ending injury and the team doesn’t get sharp-shooting Mike Miller back for at least another month.

ESPN reported that a source has stated that head-coach Erik Spoelstra has been too tough on the team.

“He’s jumping on them,” one source said. “If anything, he’s been too tough on them. Everybody knows LeBron is playful and likes to joke around, but Spoelstra told him in front of the whole team that he has to get more serious. The players couldn’t believe it. They feel like Spoelstra’s not letting them be themselves.”

“He’s not a motivator,” one of the sources said. “Instead of coaching he’s at the point where the players are starting to sense that he’s fearing for his job.”

Miami’s President, Pat Riley, has stated in the past that Spoelstra’s job is secured and that Riley himself will not return to the sidelines to coach the Heat.

Most analysts and fans would take that statement with a grain of salt due to the fact that anything could change overnight in the crazy world of sports.

Right now it seems like Miami’s situation could not get any worse: they’re 9-8, chemistry is completely lacking, and worst of all their coach is starting to panic.

But is Spoelstra the one to blame?

Chemistry isn’t something that players can build overnight and one factor for the slow start could be attributed to Wade being sidelined for the entire pre-season; missing Wade for those seven games could’ve delayed the teams ability to coalesce on the court.

Instead of pointing fingers, the Miami Heat players, especially the big three, need to look at one another and find the heart of the champion within.

Do you think Erik Spoelstra will be fired before the end of the season?

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:43 pm
 

Atlanta Hawks to deal Josh Smith before the trade

According to ESPN‘s Chad Ford,

“Several GMs believe the Hawks won’t be able to keep Johnson ($18.5 million in 2011-12), Josh Smith ($12.5 million in 2011-12), Marvin Williams ($8 million in 2011-12) and Horford ($12 million in 2011-12) together past this season for financial reasons.”

After signing sharp-shooter Joe Johnson to the offseasons largest contract (six-year, $124 million) and officially agreeing to a contract extension with Al Horford, it is now apparent that the Hawks will have to make a move if they plan on a) staying under the luxury tax and b) re-signing Jamal Crawford or another player of his caliber during the 2011 offseason.

Last summer Smith’s name sprung about throughout the NBA as a potential trading piece and Chad Ford is reporting that “a number of GMs around the league expect his name to be in the mix by the February trade deadline.”

 Atlanta is currently off to a 3-0 start on the season and will look to make it past the second round of the playoffs after getting swept in the second round during the last two postseasons.

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Miami Heat: The 2010-11 Miami Hate Is On

The subject of NBA discussion over the span of the last few months has been pointed directly towards the Miami Heat and the possibilities of the newly-formed Dream Team winning a championship.

It’s ironic that the teams four letter word “heat” can also spell out “hate”, something Miami’s roster has already began to experience this off-season.

With enough star power to take on numerous NBA teams single-handedly, it was certainly expected for fans worldwide to give the Miami Heat the cold shoulder once LeBron James ANDChris Bosh decided to team up with Dwyane Wade.

After receiving criticism by virtually everyone (including the likes of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson) –which you could read the quotes on ESPN‘s Heat Index– the Heat will finally get the chance (starting Oct. 26) to step up to the mound and put all of the hate to rest.

The Miami Hate is on. Check out some of the responses to Miami’s hate!

In a poll taken by ESPN in which they asked “How much do you dislike the Heat?”, 40% responded with the answers “Three Kings are a joke” and “My new least-favorite team” while 27% believed that Miami has had too much hype too son.

Only 33% out of 30,000 plus votes actually liked them.

 Off-season acquired guard Eddie House (Every time I hear Eddie House’s name I always remember the slap in the head by Rafer Alston) was recently interviewed by the Palm Beach Post. The Post asked House what the Heat had to do to silence critics this season and he responded saying,

“I think, you know what, honestly, I don’t give a (expletive) about nobody else on the outside…It doesn’t matter about anybody out there. I don’t care what their expectations are. We have our expectations and our goals. We are going to achieve them. That’s the bottom line.”

House finished the interview with one final statement,

“So, at the end of the day, middle fingers to all the haters.”

On August 10th via twitter, this is what LeBron had to say about the criticism,

“Don’t think for one min that I haven’t been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!”

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