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Miami Heat’s Spoelstra shares championship vision

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm with 36 Comments »
August 27, 2013 3:54 pm
 Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman after the Seahawks practice on August, 27, 2013 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, WA. Spoelstra spoke to a team meeting and then attended practice. (Rod Mar/Seattle Seahawks)

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman after the Seahawks practice on August, 27, 2013 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, WA. Spoelstra spoke to a team meeting and then attended practice. (Rod Mar/Seattle Seahawks)

Russell Wilson wants what Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has – championship rings.

A native of Portland, Ore., Spoelstra spent today at the Seattle Seahawks team headquarters, including a talk with the full team this morning.

Spoelstra also hung out for practice, talking with defensive passing game coordinator Rocky Seto along the sideline.

Wilson spent time with Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen at the ESPYS, so he understands the hard work that went into the Heat winning back-to-back titles.

“Just having him here in front of the team, just having him in meetings with us, and having him at practice with us is an unbelievable experience for everybody,” Wilson said. “For him to talk about how his basketball team was successful and they went about their business in terms of sacrificing – basically that’s what he said. The whole idea of sacrificing everything, the players like Lebron (James) coming to Miami and Dwayne Wade sacrificing all of that.

“That sacrifice that it takes to be great, and to be great so often is kind of what he was talking about for the most part, and having that discipline too as well is something that he also talked about. Just working hard, continuing to work hard, continuing to believe in yourself, and ignoring the noise and that kind of stuff. That’s the main message he gave, and it clicked with us.”

And for a team that finished seconds away from advancing to the NFC championship game, the takeaway from Spoelstra’s talk was clear, according to Wilson — you have to be willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team.

“I think the biggest thing that correlates with us and the Miami Heat is the way we practice and the way we go about our business,” Wilson said. “We can’t compare ourselves to them yet, we haven’t done anything yet, and they’ve done a great job of winning the whole thing. That’s what we want to learn from them, how they got there through all of the things that are going on. With all of the positive things that have been said, all of the negative things that have been said, how do you continue to focus on the work ethic part of it, the sacrifice of it all. That’s what he was talking about today.”

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  1. Probably going out on a giant limb, but I think that this Wilson kid may turn into a good ambassador for the Hawks. It’s usually not that interesting to praise him to me, but he’s just a gem for this team. Good time to be a Hawks’ fan, hopefully anyways.

  2. Get more talent to win than anyone else and win in spite of your coaching. Is that what he told the team?

    Since I think Mr. Happy is an above average coach (yet he and his sidekick are stud talent evaluators), that should give us a better chance!

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – Lol, I was thinking the same thing about Spoelstra.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Is bbmate now your new username nate?

    Wilson wills this team to success.
    Like BobbyK has said before, we are at the begging of about a 15 year run at having a legit shot at winning Super Bowls.
    How cool is that?

  5. I know we always heap praise on PC and JS for their ability to find talent that no one else sees but I wonder just how much of that comes down to the job that our regional scouts do? I’d love to see an in-depth article on our scouting program top to bottom, in-season and off-season.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “beginning”! Damn happy hour.

  7. montanamike2 says:

    I think they get credit for the talent evaluation, but not enough credit for coaching those players to maximize their skills.

  8. SandpointHawk says:

    Pat Riley has always called the shots, bit of a control freak who has a super freak in LeBron to wrap a system around. Who is this Spoelstra fella anyway?

  9. it’s not easy to win a title, let alone back-to-back titles in a professional sport, no matter what your team’s talent level. plus, if you watched the playoffs this year, Wade was a shadow of his former self. It’s nice to have LBJ, but I give Spoelstra plenty of credit.

  10. Georgia, yes. I explained it a few threads back. Don’t worry, I’ll still be my usual a-hole self. Not that I think that’s there’s anything wrong with an adult smoking marijuana a couple of times a week, but I don’t actually smoke anymore at all. I just would not rather be associated with that, even if I think it’s a stupid reason to talk spit about someone.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Ok bbmate.

    Now if you could help Williams get healthy for next year that would be cool, lol.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Skavage – I agree! I tried to get something going with regards to the scouts and their stories awhile back.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Marvin Gaye-

    “Ooh, now let’s get down tonight”
    “The Seahawks are hot just like an oven” We need some Super Bowl lovin”
    “And maybe, we can’t hold it much longer”
    “The Seahawks are getting stronger and stronger”
    “And when we get that feeling”
    “we want Super Bowl Healing”
    “Super Bowl Healing, oh baby”
    “Makes us feel so fine”
    “Helps to relieve our minds”
    “Super Bowl Healing, is good for us”
    “Super Bowl Healing is something that’s good for us”

  14. Georgia, I’ve been assigned to rehab Tha Monstar. I promise he’ll have a Marcus Tubbs impact in 2014 and 2015. After that, he’s done.

  15. In reality, we all should prepare ourselves for J. Williams not contributing anything. I think he could have an impact for a few years. I wouldn’t hold my breath though. There’s a good reason he dropped to the 5th round it seems.

  16. sluggo42 says:

    I think I missed the whole thing natemate, I was off with the wife for our anniversary…
    But ok mate…err…Nate… Uhhh…. BB….
    .?

  17. sluggo42 says:

    I’m going to have to find a stream against the raiders, mocaRob3 was right, not on down here in SoCal anywhere… But the fricking 49ers are on both CBS, and NFL channel… What’s up with that?

  18. mindnbrad says:

    Spoelstra is a goober.

  19. Screensmoke says:

    Robert K- king if knowledge and wisdom

  20. Rather than wanting to be like Spoelstra, bring in John Wooden to talk with our Seahawks…

  21. Lions cut Cameron Morrah to get down to 75(?)

  22. I am currently reading Eleven Rings by the Zen master, Phil Jackson, which is a fascinating read. He would be great to speak with our Hawks as he was masterful in getting the greatest players Michael Jordan and others,,,Kobe for LA to become selfless in order to succeed for the greater good of the team Even Coach Carroll would be further ignited, I think..So much knowledge,experience, and SUCCESS plus he is from Montana, so let’s get Phil to come in-that would be awesome!! Also, I highly recommend the book………..Go Hawks!!!

  23. I’m in SoCal too, no game but watching on NFL Preseason Live
    http://preseason.nfl.com/nflpl/raf/WWT9UKWXBARG

  24. I think we are going to be one of 6-7 teams that should be in the running for the Superbowl – the hard part about the NFL is that it’s one game each week. The NBA gets 7 tries to get it right. any given Sunday!!!!

    2 years ago the NYG were not the best team but got the best match-ups along the way and at the end of the season had the much needed pass rush to get past GB and then NE in the SB. That year had they run up against teams that had solid running games they would not have been able to advance to a championship.

    My hope is that by the end of the season we are a well rounded team that is playing well in at least 3 phases of the game ( Run Off/Pass Off – Run Def/Pass Def – ST)

  25. Interesting PFF article about how well NFCW QBs deal with different types of pressures: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/07/22/qb-pressure-profiles-nfc-west/

  26. HawkfaninMT says:

    @klm: like back from the dead? I know we bring in the free agents we want, but Wooden would be impressive!

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    May be a good pick up for guard if he continues to fully recover from his injury.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000234878/article/lance-louis-cut-by-miami-dolphins-in-unexpected-move

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Seahawks, NFC West getting more love.

    And wouldn’t it be something if they get a few breaks along the way and get home field advantage through out the playoffs.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000234745/article/seahawks-49ers-rams-cardinals-make-nfc-west-the-nfls-best

  29. NYHawkFan says:

    Today’s “Bleacher Report” says the Seahawks have the league’s most dominant defense, but guess whose picture is on the front page? Number three defense, the 49ers. More motivation for our guys?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1752607-fantasy-football-2013-power-ranking-most-dominant-defenses

  30. CDHawkFan says:

    Why do I have a hard time believing our defense is #1? I still don’t see enough pressure on the QB (maybe I will when/if everyone is back). There were times when teams could run on us fairly easily, then the 3rd down and long issues that never really went away. Top quarter I agree, #1 I wish.

    Actually I wish we could flip-flop the talent level in our secondary to our DL.

  31. NYHawkFan says:

    Hopefully we’re just blind to our strengths. (Ok, not totally, cuz we know our secondary rocks!) At any rate, we’re so close to our team that we have a hard time evaluating our guys with a neutral point of view. Nice to see what others, who are not so emotionally invested, think of our team.

    Unfortunately, we’ve had some injuries that haven’t allowed us to see our defense at full strength. Can’t wait to see how we’ll do when our ones return.

  32. seahawk44 says:

    Will Sidney Rice be ready to play in week 1 ?

  33. chuck_easton says:

    Not that we can believe anything that is said this time of year, but every indication is Sydney could play right now. They are ‘just being conservative’ with his reps and exposing him to contact.

    That could either mean he’s fine or we’ll find out he’s ‘week to week’ ‘day to day’ and ‘game to game’ for the whole season.

    That being said, he didn’t miss a game last year with the knee issue.

  34. Russell Wilson already knows what it means to sacrifice for the team. Perfect example was when he could have broken the single-season rookie TD pass record with a fairly easy short throw. Instead he tucked the ball and ran it into the endzone for the safer score.

  35. hawkfaninmt – Qwap, Wooden’s dead? I knew Red Auerbach was, and was trying to think of a basketball coach who epitomized the “win forever” kinda dynasty that we’d all like to see going on here in the NFL for SEA.

  36. wabubba67 says:

    If you have to (and I don’t think you do) have an NBA coach talk to the team about championships and players sacrificing for the benefit of the team, I would prefer Greg Popovich talking about Duncan, Parker, Ginobelli, et. al.

    There are many more talented coaches than Spoelstra at the college and NBA level…he just happens to be on the bench while dominant players that represent the same organization are on the floor.

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