Miami Heat fans might want to read this feature by ESPN on Erik Spoelstra. Here’s an excerpt:
At the podium, Spoelstra comes across as a hero in an Aaron Sorkin play. There isn’t a trace of defensiveness in his remarks. He’s strong in his conviction that these conflicts are essential to the process. Verbiage that can be easily dismissed as transparent spin instead convey a strength rooted not in self-delusion but in self-confidence. The atmosphere is diffused by the weight of a man who knows he’s in the right, no matter what the NBA’s chattering class is saying.
Spoelstra has traveled about as far an NBA lifer can — from The Dungeon to the first chair on the most scrutinized sideline in recent NBA history. But in many respects, his temperament hasn’t really changed. The office might be cushier and he’s no longer chasing cargo planes in the middle of the night, but he’s still fundamentally the same guy with the same habits.
“We never seen him out anywhere,” James said. “Dinner? Never. We never see Spo.”
Where is he?
“He’s probably breaking down the next game, or breaking down the game we just got done playing,” James says. “He’s preparing. He’s always prepared.”
Wade, who knows him as well as anyone, has another theory.
“He’s like Batman,” Wade said. “He goes into his cave. Nobody sees him.”
Hat tip @felicitytan