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Heat giving Erik Spoelstra long-term extension, report says

first_imgBut he’s helped the Heat remain relevant in the years since the Big Three era ended in 2014-15.The Heat have missed the postseason only three times during his reign, and now they’re entering a new era.Miami acquired Jimmy Butler over the offseason and added young talent by selecting guard Tyler Herro No. 13 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Rockets’ James Harden after adding Russell Westbrook: ‘If we don’t win, I’ll take all the blame’ It also has budding big man Bam Adebayo and wing Justise Winslow and has showed interest in trading for Oklahoma City’s Chris Paul or Washington’s Bradley Beal to bolster its backcourt rotation.The Heat appear ready to rebound after finishing 39-43 last year and missing the playoffs, and Spoelstra will guide the team for the foreseeable future. Lakers Media Day: LeBron James hails Anthony Davis, but team downplays expectationscenter_img ESPN story on Erik Spoelstra, Heat agreeing on contract extension. Spoelstra, who’s won two titles as coach, is the NBA’s second longest tenured active coach with one team — behind only Gregg Popovich. https://t.co/nERDPoNUNs— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 28, 2019Spoelstra’s contract was set to expire after this year, but now his time in South Beach will extend beyond his impending 12th season with the team.Spoelstra’s coaching career is highlighted by the two championships he won (in 2012 and 2013) and four straight NBA Finals appearances the Heat tallied following LeBron James’ team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in 2010-11. Related News Miami is holding on to Erik Spoelstra.The Heat are giving the coach a long-term extension that will make him the NBA’s second-longest tenured coach — behind Gregg Popovich — ahead of the 2019-20 season, according to ESPN.last_img read more

Wales defeat a ‘very cruel’ Euro 2016 exit, says Northern Ireland boss

first_imgNorthern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was left to rue a ‘cruel’ exit from Euro 2016 after an own-goal ended his side’s journey.O’Neill’s side had already defied the odds to line up in this all-British last 16 clash but were good value throughout the narrowest of 1-0 defeats, edging the play for extended periods without creating clear-cut chances.Wales suffered similarly in the final third but took the spoils – and a historic quarter-final against Hungary or Belgium – when Gareth Bale’s teasing cross was prodded over the line by Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley in the 75th minute.For O’Neill, for their superb travelling support and for the passionate McAuley it was a bitter denouement to the nation’s first major tournament in 30 years.“I felt it was a very tight game. It’s just a very, very cruel way to lose the game,” he said.“We didn’t deserve to lose the game…certainly with that nature (of goal).“Not many people gave us any chance of doing anything in the tournament but we came within a whisker of getting to the last eight. I don’t think it would have been undeserved had we got that.“It’s difficult to quantify and reflect on the tournament as a whole at this minute, but the players have been tremendous in their effort, their commitment, their pride in playing for their country.“It’s been a fantastic experience for everyone but when it ends the way it did today it’s very cruel. I don’t think we got what we deserved.”He was rightly proud of his side’s efforts in France – they won one game from four but proved resilient and well organised throughout.As for McAuley, whose outstretched leg only prevented the waiting Hal Robson-Kanu finishing the job from close range anyway, O’Neill had two messages: first that he is not to blame and second that he wants the 36-year-old to play on.“I’m not going to point the finger at him. I’m not going to blame him in any shape or form,” said the manager.“He had a split-second decision to make, unfortunately it went against us.“Gareth has not only had a great tournament he has been great for me over the last four years.“Hopefully he continues to play at international level. He has still got a couple of years left in him at this level and hopefully that will be the case.” 1 Michael O’Neill: Northern Ireland manager grateful for superb travelling support last_img read more

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