Eric Spoelstra 2012

Pat Riley, the president of the Miami Heat has always had an influence on th coaching career of Miami head coach Eric Spoelstra, but so has Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman.  Adelman coached the Portland Trail blazers in the early 1990s when Spoelstra was a young man. Spoelstra knew Adelman since his high school days when his dad Jon worked for the Trail Blazers.  Spoelstra played college ball at Portland, and he had a close look at Adelman’s teams and especially Adelman’s offensive strategies.  Similar to the offense used by Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, Adelman’s offense is based on reading and reacting, which Spoelstra’s teams do a great deal of.

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