17 July 2024

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra says the recent wave of NBA coach firings has been “disturbing.”

“It’s disturbing,” Spoelstra said on Wednesday ahead of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Boston Celtics. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks hearing the news of some just reDoc Rivers is the latest head coach to be fired after the Philadelphia 76ers parted ways following the Sixers’ Game 7 blowout loss to the Celtics. Mike Budenholzer, Monty Williams and Nick Nurse are also out of jobs after their teams – the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors, respectively – were unceremoniously ousted from the 2023 NBA playoffs and play-in tournament.

“Doc’s a Hall of Famer,” Spoelstra said Wednesday. “That’s what (Heat GM) Andy (Elisburg) always says, too, you get past the first round, there’s gonna be some really good teams. Great players, great organizations, great coaching staff. They’re going to lose just by the nature of this beast. There’s only so many teams that can advance. It’s just a really hard thing to doally surprising firings

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