Heat coach Erik Spoelstra credits Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden for changing the NBA
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is seeing the game change right before his eyes. He credits Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden, and the availability of the basketball videos online as the main reason for the change.
“The game and the league has changed so much, and a big credit to that is Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, all these great shooters, James Harden,” Spoelstra said, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Young players now can watch endless amounts of video clips of their favorite players on YouTube or on their phone. And they’re essentially de facto video coordinators.”
From the era of big men, the NBA has transitioned to a more guard-oriented league. In fact, there were talks that traditional big men have become obsolete with the growing need for players who can shoot and run up and down as quick as possible.
Sure enough, Curry, Thompson and Harden have played a massive role in that. After all, Curry and Harden have three combined MVPs in just the past five years.
As for the availability of video highlights to everyone now, it’s worth noting that Spoelstra actually began his career with the Heat as a video coordinator. Spo noted that before, game clips were only available to the staff. Now, players can access them anytime they want.
With that said, with technological advancement, the change in the league certainly came sooner rather than later.