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Miami Heat coach reshuffle sees two franchise veterans lose their bench spots

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There is no doubt the Miami Heat are entering a new phase in their history following the departure of LeBron James this offseason, and as they bid to ensure a positive 2014-15 NBA season the South Florida franchise have moved to re-shuffle their coaching staff.

As reported by Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, Heat veterans Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo have been removed from their roles as assistant coaches with neither likely to take a place on Erik Spoelstra's bench next season.

Both will however remain with the franchise in some capacity it seems.

Juwan Howard will be promoted in their place with the former Fab Five member leaving his previous role in player development as he continues his coaching education in Miami.

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Coaching changes

Rothstein, the Miami Heat's first ever coach way back in 1988, has held the position of assistant coach for the past ten years - working first with Stan Van Gundy before spells under the guidance of pat Riley and most recently Erik Spoelstra.

At 71 years of age however perhaps the Heat have sensed a chance to use the offseason drama at the American Airlines Arena as an opportunity to usher in a new era of coaching talent.

Even before LeBron's decision to return to Cleveland was announced there had been calls for the Heat hierarchy to address the team's supposed stagnation. With a humbling 4-1 NBA Finals series defeat to the San Antonio Spurs there was certainly cause for concern as Popovich and his team masterminded victory built on 

McAdoo is the other member of the coaching staff to be demoted in the proceeding shuffle and the Hall of Famer sees his 18-year spell as assistant come to an end in the process.

Miami Heat renovation

The changes strike more as renovation than revolution but it is certainly a sign of intent from the powers that be in Miami that they are not content to see their recent success dwindle in the post-James era.

The upcoming 2014-15 season promises to bring with it a host of questions as the Heat look to make it five NBA Finals appearances in a row.

With James gone the franchise have managed to bring in several potentially impressive new recruits on the playing side including Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts as well as securing Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to major new deals.

Nevertheless as Erik Spoelstra enters his seventh season as Miami Heat head coach it may well prove to be his most challenging. Heat fans will be hoping that the recent changes can help the franchise avoid falling into shadow of the looming Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

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