Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra has entered the conversation as a future candidate for the NBA Hall of Fame, reports Sports Illustrated.
ESPN analyst and former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy made the comment earlier this week.
“Erik to me has never gotten in his short time, the credit that he deserves, particularly those first two years [2008-09 and 2009-10] that he took over,” Van Gundy said. “He’s taken over in a pretty down period in Miami Heat basketball, and with [Udonis] Haslem and Wade, Wade obviously being his best player, but the cornerstone of Haslem, that they were able to win as much as they did the first two years showed his true greatness in coaching. And then how he’s done these last three years, now being in the Finals three consecutive years, and actually delivering more than ever could have been expected with James. To reach three consecutive Finals is an incredible feat. ..He’s going to the Hall of Fame.”
The 42-year old Spoelstra is the son of Elisa Celino who is from San Pablo, Laguna and Jon Spoelstra, who was a basketball executive in the NBA.
You can read a break down of Spoelstra’s chances to become a Hall of Famer in Sports Illustrated