- Apr 23, 2010
They aren't similar at all (as you pointed out). It's an example of a team sticking with a coach through tough times and there really aren't many of those out there in the NBA so Spo kind of has to be used.I can't read it because it's paywalled, but early days of Spo? Spo was an assistant coach for 11 years in Miami before becoming head coach and became head coach at 38. Joe Mazzula was an assistant for 3 years and became head coach at 34. Spo inherited a Miami team that went 15-67 the year before he became head coach with a prime Dwayne Wade, and he turned them into a 43-39 team in year 2. Mazzulla inherited a team that went to the Finals last year, and got better on paper in the offseason. In Spo's 3rd season, they went and got him Lebron and Bosh, and they lost in the Finals. That's the team that Mazzulla inherited this season.
Again, I can't read the article, but I see almost no parallels between Spo/Heat, and Mazz/C's other than the fact they were both assistants before becoming head coach.