“I cannot place him in Top 15 coaches in the NBA” Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo questions if Erik Spoelstra can win an NBA Championship without LeBron and Wade 

Russo went onto state that according to him Erik Spoelstra does not rank among the top 15 NBA coaches of all time.

LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra
LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra has given his all to the current Miami Heat team in order for them to progress as deep as they can in the playoffs. Making their second appearance in the conference finals in 3 years, Chris Russo is still not convinced that this veteran coach will be able to win the NBA Championship without LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. 

Moreover, Russo went onto state that according to him Erik Spoelstra does not rank among the top 15 NBA coaches of all time. Russo went onto state that Spoelstra went onto lose two NBA Finals even when he had LeBron by his side. 

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Erik Spoelstra with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade
Erik Spoelstra with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

“We put these coaches on these incredible levels. I like Spoelstra, I love Riley, I know what he’s done. Can he win a championship without LeBron and Wade before we put on these incredible levels?” 

Russo continued, “To me, I cannot make him top-15 coaches in the NBA. He won two championships with LeBron, but he also lost two Finals with LeBron, one he should never have lost – to Dallas. They lost to Dallas. There’s no way they ever should have lost that series.” 

Jayson Tatum and Jimmy Butler
Jayson Tatum and Jimmy Butler

Erik Spoelstra’s Miami Heat has got the better of Boston Celtics in Game 1 at TD Garden. Having being down int he first half, Jimmy Butler rose to the occasion to inspire his team to draw first blood. Given that this series is only going to intensify, coaches too will play a huge role in deciding the winners, as clutch calls are pivotal. Will Spoelstra be able to silence his critic in Russo? Remains to be seen as the hoop bonanza continues with Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors kicking off their WC Final series.

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