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    Is Spoelstra the worst championship coach ever?

    Just wondering what your opinions are on this one. To be clear, my argument is about being a CHAMPIONSHIP coach, so coaches who have never won a ring don't count. I think he's a mediocre coach at best. I would put him in the same category as a George Karl or a Nate McMillan.

    Poor in game adjustments, terrible off-a-timeout play calls, and terrible pep-talks (listening to his speeches during huddles make me cringe)

    If this guy didn't have a job right now, I'm no quite sure you would hear teams going crazy about hiring this guy.

    What do you guys think?

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    hmm, would need to think about that. I mean, by no means is he a top 5 coach, and yet he is back to back champion in his profession.

    Remember too, he is 40, maybe? He will eventually be looked at as an excellent coach, but yeah, this is a good question, though I think I can come up with worse. The list may be short though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye15 View Post
    hmm, would need to think about that. I mean, by no means is he a top 5 coach, and yet he is back to back champion in his profession.

    Remember too, he is 40, maybe? He will eventually be looked at as an excellent coach, but yeah, this is a good question, though I think I can come up with worse. The list may be short though...
    I look at him as a great defensive minded coach who at the moment has a team that wants to coast and not play great D. But when it comes to offense or in game adjustments or drawing up plays, you are better off asking a monkey.

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    He's a defensive coach with trash big men. I don't consider Bosh a big man. So think about that.

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    I remember hearing the Bobcats were going to look at hiring him had Miami fired him a few years ago. He isn't elite but he did keep a talent depleted Miami team in playoff contention for a couple years before LeBron.
    He'd absolutely have a job next year and it would be a Head Coach position, if he were fired after this season (hypothetically).

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    I feel like this is a loaded question. Generally coaches that win titles are quality coaches. There has probably been some that were carried by their roster totally, but I'd say most championship teams have good coaches.

    Also we haven't seen or remembered every championship coach so you are limiting it to recent times. And in recent times Jackson and Popovich have hogged a lot of the titles.

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    Is Spoelstra the worst championship coach ever?

    I think he made great adjustments espicially of getting rid of oden and putting Haslem on hibbert.
    llullz

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    He's a solid coach that makes questionable decisions, has a hard time with rotations, can't draw up a play to save his life. I don't think i'd take too many coaches over him though.

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    Rudy Tomjanovich

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMightyHumph View Post
    Rudy Tomjanovich
    Rudy isn't the worst. You must be a lakers fan.

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    I like him.

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    I think he is a damn good coach.
    The value of elite scoring ability, by Phil Jackson:

    "This is a guy, we recognize his talent, and his skill is the kind of skill and talent that gets you through playoff games where things get sticky, grind-out, and basketball becomes a force game and suddenly you need to have a player who has the capabilities of scoring with someone hanging on them in a situation thatís critical. Heís one of those players, one of the few players who can do that.Ē

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    I can't think of a championship coach that wasn't better than Spoelstra, but there has been like what? 30 coaches that have won a ring?

    It doesn't make him a bad coach, it's the equivalent of being the 30th best player in the league all time. (so what? Thurmond? Ewing? Drexler? Maravich? Garnett? Frazier? someone along those lines).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Jordan
    Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

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    He's definitely got so much better as a head coach. I wouldn't call him terrible out of time-outs how many times have we seen LeBron or Wade dunks from inbounds. He's decent with the clipboard. As others have posted he's a defensive coach with no real paint enforcers. I think one of his best traits is his ability to motivate. Even guys like Wade and Lebron get bored or can lose their focus and I feel like he keeps his team ready to play for the most part and defensively they are well prepared before each game. I think this post is a typical over reaction that most fans have when their team loses a big game. I think his biggest room for improvement is end of game situations. They need to have go to sets for each of their players. Lebron doesn't know what to do at the end of a game to win it does he drive it? Does his drive and kick? does he just do his little new go to move a step back 35 foot fade away? What does Wade do? Even when they won the chip it was desperation 3's first made by LeBron then missed and tipped out to an opportunistic Ray Allen to force the overtime.
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    The fact that people think he can't draw up plays don't watch. He has been drawing up great plays out of timeouts consistently. He is an excellent coach imo, top 10 in league right now and he is also in his 40's. Rotations need work, but other then that he is very good

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