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Spoelstra tries to laugh off Jackson's comments

Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:59 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:04 pm
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tries to laugh off comments made by Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson about Spoelstra's job security. Posted by Ben Golliver  erik-spoelstra  There's no easy way to respond when Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, aka the Zenmaster, gets his hooks into you publicly.  On Wednesday, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelsta did his best to laugh off Jackson's comments, made Tuesday, which questioned Spoelstra future in Miami and brought up the possibility of Miami Heat president Pat Riley taking over for him, as Riley did during the 2006 season, replacing then-Heat coach and current Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. The Palm Beach Post reports that Spoelstra said his assistant coaches kidded him about the comments and that they "got a good chuckle out of it." Spoelstra told the paper he understands that he is the subject of talk from a lot of people, including Jackson, but that he isn't one of the NBA coaches who closely monitors what is said about him.
“I don’t have time,” Spoelstra said, laughing. “I mean, if I had time, I would do that. No, I mean, there’s so much stuff that’s out there, I don’t know how anyone can keep up with anything. And ultimately, that would be a distraction to me. I’m able to focus on my job, this group, and our process of getting better. That takes up a large part of my day. The rest of my day I want to spend not even thinking about our team.”
As for whether he would step out of the way to make room for Pat Riley, as former Miami Heat coach and current Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy did in 2006, Spoelstra had a one-liner ready.
“First of all, I’m single, OK, so I don’t think I’ll be taking a leave from my team to spend time with my family.”
Funny stuff, very self-aware and self-deprecating.  You gotta love it, given the circumstances. Of course, the joke will be on Spoelstra if he can't turn this thing around, as Miami continues to struggle to open the year. The Heat have a record of 8-6 and a date with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.  Earlier Wednesday, Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy called Jackson's comments "inappropriate" and "ignorant."

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 1:50 am

Spoelstra tries to laugh off Jackson's comments

Phil Jackson is a self-absorbed jerk. Bottom line. When hasn't this guy coached a loaded team? People act like he turned the New Jersey Nets into a championship team. Not Kobe Bryant and a Shaq in his prime; Kobe and gift-rapped Paul Gasol; Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen...... The Heat haven't even completed 20% of their season yet. They'll figure it out.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2010 1:02 pm

Spoelstra is awful coach

not put Spoelstra and basketball in the same sentence, please

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2010 12:17 am

Spoelstra tries to laugh off Jackson's comments

Maybe so, but playing mind games on a dude this early in the season smacks of its own kind of desperation.  I dig the Lakers and respect Jackson's coaching (obviously), but the least palatable aspect of their success has been his crude manipulations of everyone from refs to opposing players.  This is ridic, and it only makes me want Spoelstra and the Heat to succeed (despite the impulse to join the Haters).

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:43 pm

Spoelstra tries to laugh off Jackson's comments

this simpleton will be chuckling when hes back in the video room coordinating where he belongs. what kind of nba credentials does he have to be a head coach? thats right none, Riley just likes him and we know how often Riley has been right lately. Listen to his halftime speech he gives on espn and tell me this guy doesnt belong coaching division 2 somewhere.

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