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Spoelstra lauds Adelman’s influence on his career
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But Riley wasn’t his first coaching influence.
Spoelstra grew up in Portland and was a big fan of the Trail Blazers when Adelman coached there a quarter-century or so ago. And before Spoelstra’s Heat faced off against Adelman and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, the Miami coach praised one of his sideline idols.
“I think everybody knows that he is probably the biggest influence in my life to get into coaching,” Spoelstra said. “I’ve said it many times: I was a tremendous fan of him when he was coaching the Portland Trail Blazers and that was the first time, probably, that I thought that would be a pretty cool profession to get into. That was because of him and the role model that he was.”
And in turn, after being told of Spoelstra’s comments, Adelman raved about the Heat coach who has found a way to make the basketball marriage of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh work to the tune of the last two NBA titles.
“It’s a nice compliment to have, because he certainly has surpassed anything I’ve ever done,” Adelman said. “He’s always been … basketball’s been his life, whether he was in high school or college. He started as the film guy, worked his way right up there and gained Pat’s confidence. You can’t say enough about the job he’s done here.”
“He was and has been an incredible innovator in this game,” Spoelstra said. “I have nothing but the absolutely, utmost respect for him.”
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