Written by Alex Makrides
It is still amazing to some that after turning the 11-30 Heat into a .500 team, head coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t win the 2017 NBA Coach of the Year award. Instead the honor went to Rockets’ coach Mike D’Antoni, who led his team to a 55-27 record and the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
If Spoelstra keeps the Heat on this positive trajectory though then there is no reason he shouldn’t be able to contend for next season’s Coach of the Year according to NBA.com’s Fran Blinebury.
“Perhaps the world should be excused for thinking those four consecutive trips to The NBA Finals (2011-14) and back-to-back championships were accomplished without anyone steering the ship,” Blinebury wrote.
The star power during those years was immense, which put Spoelstra into a more managerial role. His coaching prowess really became well-known when he navigated his team from a forgettable season to the verge of a playoff berth.