Miami Heat: History Set To Repeat Itself As Riley Gears For Return

November 23rd, 2010 by David Weiss Leave a reply »
Michael Beasley, aka Jamal Mashburn 2.0 for Heat historians, is smiling right now.

Not because he has been on a tear of late and exacting revenge on critics both in and outside the league since he arrived in Minnesota.

Rather it's because the person that had a hand in the suicidal path his career was headed towards in Miami is suffering a similar fate as he. Erik Spoelstra is slowly realizing what it's like to be in the shadows of greatness.

Stan Van Gundy experienced it. Michael Beasley experienced it (behind Dwyane Wade).

Now it's Spoelstra's turn.

His suits may be fancy, and his hair may be shiny, but Erik Spoelstra is no Pat Riley.

Consider that Miami's season started off awkwardly and has moved noticeably backwards since. In the first game of the season, Miami looked disjointed against the Celtics and visibly deficient at the one and five position, which the Celtics exploited to their advantage. While Miami lost the game as well as their air of invincibility, the team was able to hang their hat on how well they played defense.

Unfortunately, their shutdown defense disappeared. Then began the in ...

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