When the Miami Heat struggle Erik Spoelstra often becomes the target of blame, but one prominent national NBA broadcaster thinks he’s among the NBA’s elite coaches.

“I put him in the Top 5,” NBA on TNT’s Ian Eagle said on the Joe Rose Show this morning, “because what he did, which went unnoticed with the Big 3, what he did in juggling those egos and handling personalities and coaching superstars, which everybody just assumes I can do that, just roll out the ball

“You look back to those teams that made the playoffs under Spoelstra with Wade — and not to denigrate anybody else on that squad — but this was not an all-star team by any stretch. He’s done it both ways and this team, he is maximizing what they have.”

🎙 Ian Eagle on Joe Rose Show [560 WQAM]