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Terry Stotts credits Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra for long-standing Heat culture

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The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to close out the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Friday night.

But as time in the NBA bubble and watching the NBA restart is nearing an end, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts joined hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon on the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast

Coach Stotts gave a lot of credit to the underdogs, particularly for the way the Heat conduct themselves as a team and as an organization.

They’re really committed to their style of play. Once they got to the bubble, they changed their starting lineup and they had success with it and really committed to it and believed it. The mindset that they have in Miami, their culture -- it's a toughness.  I think it all starts with Pat Riley.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts on the Talkin’ Blazers Podcast

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon with special guest Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts]. 

Riley has been with the Miami Heat since 1995 when he resigned from the Knicks to become president and head coach of the Heat.

It was in late April of 2008 when Riley announced that he would step down as coach and that’s when former Miami assistant Erik Spoelstra was announced as his replacement. But, of course, Riley has remained as team president.

Coach Stotts expressed admiration of Spoelstra continuing the Heat tradition. 

Erik Spoelstra has come along and continued that tradition, but they have a mindset, they have some guys who are really competing at a high level and their best player, Jimmy Butler, spearheads that whole thing and everybody falls in line.

Terry Stotts

You can listen to the entire Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with Coach Stotts right here as he talks more about the NBA Finals, as well as how his coaching has evolved over the years, and the craziness of 2020.


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