Erik Spoelstra won't go there, because it assumes a victory, something Erik Spoelstra never assumes. But Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, Spoelstra could be there, tied with Pat Riley for most regular-season victories by a Miami Heat coach. Heading into Wednesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Spoelstra is at 453 coaching victories, all with the Heat, one shy of Riley's Heat total. Granted, Riley has coached 1,210 victories, when including his tenures with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, but it took him 11 seasons to reach those 454 Heat victories, with Spoelstra in the midst of his 10th season as Heat coach. Requested for comment on the subject after reaching 453 with Monday's 107-82 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, Spoelstra politely declined through a team spokesman. Heat captain Udonis Haslem, who has been on the roster for all 10 of Spoelstra's seasons as coach, said he appreciates the reticence. "There's nothing wrong with that," Haslem said. "There's still a long season ahead of us. The plan this season wasn't to come in and help Spo break Riles' record. The plan was to get to the playoffs and see where we can go from there."
Erik Spoelstra as Pat Riley's equal? The numbers could add up Wednesday
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Dec 12