Chris Broussard Says He Never Thought Spoelstra Was A Great Coach Because He is Clearly An Expert On Greatness
CBS- “I’ve never thought Spo was great,” Broussard said on the Marc Hochman Show with Zach Krantz on 560 WQAM. “I haven’t seen enough to tell me he’s a great coach yet. I think there’s tons of coaches that could’ve gotten that team to four straight NBA Finals [and] win two. I don’t think he’s a bad coach but I haven’t seen enough to say he’s a great guy whose job should never be in jeopardy.
“I know they had injuries but even with the injuries that’s a team that should’ve been in the playoffs. I’m sorry… Erik Spoelstra still has yet to prove to me — even with his championships — that he’s a great coach.”
Broussard, who grew up in Ohio, also through some jabs at the 2010-2014 Heat.
“Look, they won two championships, they reached four straight Finals, which is somewhat historic, but it wasn’t an all-time great team,” he said. “I mean they just didn’t live up to it.
“And they caught a lot of breaks. They caught a ton of breaks. I mean Derrick Rose getting hurt in their second season together, that’s a huge break. Boston was old. I mean who’d they really go through?”
Is this who we are going to as the authority on greatness? Chris Broussard? The guy that spent an entire summer guessing (and being wrong) about NBA free agency? The guy who confirmed LeBron James was going back to Cleveland AFTER LeBron did a full length magazine feature saying exactly that? The guy that doesn't agree with homosexuality in the the 21st century? If Spoelstra isn't great at his job I shutter to think what label we would give to Chris Broussard when it relates to occupational efficiency.
I think it's far too early to say whether or not Spoelstra is a great coach, but it's certainly not too early to say that he is a very good coach. Does it matter that he was coaching one of the most talented teams in the league when he experienced a great level of success? If it does we should start questioning Phil Jackson's pedigree as well. You need talent to win, and when Spoelstra had talent, win is what he did. If 4 NBA finals appearances in a row is not considered great then there may only be one or two great teams in the history of basketball. Yeah, amidst losing the best player in the sport, and dealing with a rash of injuries, the Heat drastically underperformed this year. Does one year as a non-playoff team speak more of Coach Spo's talent or does his first four years that included back to back championships speak more to his talent? Want to play with numbers? 80% of the time that Spoelstra has been a head coach he has reached the pinnacle of his profession. 40% of the time he has been reigned victorious in doing so. To give Broussard the benefit of the doubt, I would say as a 'professional analyst' he's probably right about 20% of the time. Bravo sir, bravo. You aren't even good at having a rational opinion.
More than likely it's just a way for Broussard to get his name out there through an outrageous statement and a little bit of click bait. Mission accomplished Christopher. However, if want everyone to start being overly critical you and your gaytred may be out of a job.