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Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (47) / 12/1/1970

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he's not sure what lineup he will roll with on Saturday vs. Brooklyn.
The Heat used their eighth different starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Spurs with Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk, and even though they lost, that group was a +3. Johnson called it the most comfortable lineup he’s been a part of this season, but it's very possible that Spoelstra bases his lineups on the matchups going forward, at least until Hassan Whiteside (knee) is back. Thu, Dec 7, 2017 10:20:00 AM

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The Heat have confirmed that coach Erik Spoelstra received a contract extension this past offseason.

Spoelstra's current deal was set to expire at the end of the 2016-17, so the Heat wanted to make sure he was locked up. However, terms of the deal, including the length, were not disclosed. Amazingly, Spo is the second-longest active tenured head coach with one team behind just San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 09:28:00 AM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he'll likely base the rotation on game performance.

"Frankly I'm learning about this team and using the games to learn," Spoelstra said. And just like that, Miami just became harder to project minutes on a game-to-game basis for DFS. This news obviously won't affect guys like Goran Dragic or Hassan Whiteside as long as they don't completely lay an egg. Guys like Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson should also be somewhat safe most nights. Season-long owners shouldn't worry too much, but DFS players just need to take this into consideration when picking Miami value players.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 02:32:00 PM

The Heat are close to reaching a deal on an extension for head coach Erik Spoelstra.

His current contract ends after the 2016-17 season, so it makes sense for the Heat to lock him up now. Heat owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley are big fans of Spoelstra and he's currently the second-longest active tenured coach in the NBA behind Gregg Popovich. The Heat had a 48-34 record last season and made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals despite losing Chris Bosh (blood clots) for the season.
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 09:45:00 PM

Erik Spoelstra admitted that he's had to adjust as a coach this season.

When discussing the successes (and failures) of the starting lineup, Spoelstra wasn't afraid to be self-critical. "It's taken some introspection on my part, too," he said, "to learn how to get them all in a place where they're most comfortable. But I really commend them for working at it and not getting frustrated to the point of not finding solutions."
Mon, Jan 4, 2016 09:41:00 AM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he wants to play "with an adequate amount of pace" this season.

Well, they didn't do that last year, ranking 29th in the NBA on the season. The Heat roster isn't exactly built to run with a number of aging veterans, so fantasy owners shouldn't overreact. By the way, how about we have one coach say we don't want to push the pace?
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 08:32:00 PM

Pat Riley said that he believes the Heat have "all the elements" to compete for a championship.

"I think this team has all of the elements of a championship team," Riley said. "Whether or not you can ever win a championship will depend on a number of factors. I can list them and you can list them. It’s going to come down to this, health… performance and this guy and that guy." Health will be a significant factor for the Heat with Chris Bosh returning from a scary blood clot issue that sidelined him for the second-half of the 2014-15 season, and Dwyane Wade's knees a constant issue. Bosh is worth an early-middle round selection, but given Wade's lengthy injury history, it may be best to let another owner deal with him on draft day.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 06:40:00 PM

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he would like to play at a faster pace next season.

"There's no question I want to play faster next season," said Spoelstra. "Pace, speed, quickness... let's go. Players will see that right away in training camp. We have players best fit to play that style." Spoelstra's teams in general have played at a slow pace over the past three seasons, but it sounds like he'd like his team to get out and run next year. Spoelstra also mentioned that he and his staff will put forth "a very specific program" for developing Hassan Whiteside, and he believes Hassan has more room to grow saying, "I don't want to put a ceiling on him."
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:42:00 AM

Heat owner Micky Arison posted a message to the Miami fan base on the Heat's website Monday stating, "We are not done, not even close."

Arison goes on to list the achievements of the Miami franchise, citing their championships, free agent signings, and Pat Riley. While the Heat did lose LeBron James, and probably their hopes of immediate championship success, Pat Riley has proven he's more than capable of assembling championship caliber squads.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 07:25:00 PM

Pat Riley is confident that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh will return to Miami.

Riley will reportedly meet with James in Las Vegas on Tuesday, while Bosh mulls a max offer that he has received from the Houston Rockets. Riley didn't make the splash most were expecting by signing Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger on Monday, but that hasn't diminished his confidence. The Heat president remained confident that the Big 3 will return, according to people who have had phone conversations with Riley in the last week. Riley's phone conversations don't guarantee anything, but the fact that he isn't hitting the panic button should come as good news for Heat fans.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 09:34:00 AM

Coach Erik Spoelstra and president Pat Riley are in Los Angeles meeting with free agents on Thursday.

These meeting have a little pressure on them now with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade having a communication breakdown, per Yahoo! Sports. LeBron James has all the leverage here and the Heat will look to make a splash this weekend.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 09:32:00 PM

Heat President Pat Riley said that the team's goal is to retool and not rebuild.

Riley opened a season-ending news conference on Thursday by saying he was angry with a lack of perspective about the Heat's offseason. With the futures of potential free agents LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade up in the air, many have speculated that the Heat could try to rebuild, but Riley was having none of that. "What really cements a forever bond is going through what we went through this year and staying the course," Riley said. The Heat have gone to four straight NBA Finals since Bosh and James joined Wade in South Beach, but Riley could have a new challenge on his hands if The Big 3 decides to take their talents elsewhere.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra led a two-hour film session on Wednesday.

He started off as a video coordinator for the Heat and has always preached film study. After Game 1's loss, Coach Spo opted to go with film study over practice on Monday. It did work for Game 2 with some much better defense while also getting to the rim a little more. The Spurs had one of the best offensive halves in the history of the NBA Finals, but Miami was actually able to make a run in the third quarter.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 02:47:00 PM

The Heat are not practicing on Monday and are going through a film session instead.

There is only a one-day hiatus between Sunday's Game 2 and Tuesday's Game 3, so the team would normally practice. Miami's defense had a big turnaround in Game 2, allowing just 34 points in the paint while closing out much better on 3-pointers. Thanks to LeBron James, Miami has home-court advantage and will look to take a 2-1 lead on Tuesday.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 09:09:00 AM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he was "assured" that the AT&T Center will not have any issues in Game 2.

Well, if there are issues in Game 2, there will be a lot more people upset than coach Spo. Game 1's air conditioning issue was more of just a freak thing and it's taking away some of the credit the Spurs deserved for playing so well.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 02:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Goran Dragic
2Derrick Walton Jr.
SG1Tyler Johnson
2Dwyane Wade
3Wayne Ellington
4Dion Waiters
SF1Josh Richardson
2Derrick Jones Jr.
3Rodney McGruder
PF1James Johnson
2Justise Winslow
3Luke Babbitt
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Kelly Olynyk
3Bam Adebayo
4Udonis Haslem