As everyone knows, chronicling #Spoisms is my favorite part of this job. Well, my joy will continue into the near future, people. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra signed a multi-year extension to his contract on Sunday, the team announced.
Spoelstra was entering the last year of his contract after leading the Heat to three straight NBA Finals. The Heat has won back-to-back titles and begins work for its three-peat bid on Tuesday with the start of training camp. The first four days of camp are being held at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
With the Heat’s core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all facing contract decisions after this season, solidifying Spoelstra’s future was a significant first step towards providing stability to the equation. James, Wade and Bosh can all opt out of their contracts after this season.
Spoelstra wasn’t available for comment on Sunday, but the Heat’s preseason “media day” is on Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Spoelstra and the team’s players will take team photos inside AmericanAirlines Arena and also participate in interviews with reporters before flying to the Bahamas.
As Spoelstra is prone to repeating, there are many and more “storylines” heading into this season. But that’s nothing new for the Heat. Spoelstra’s grace under pressure as the Heat’s coach, his knack for getting the best out of James and his ability to shield his players from a constant swirl of potential distractions are major reasons why he is considered one of the best young coaches in the league. In offering Spoelstra his extension, the Heat wanted to reward their homegrown talent with security but also perhaps signal to the rest of the league that he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.