Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra on what he learned from Pat Riley.

Professionalism.  Your attention to detail has to be at such a high level that you start to build very good habits early. Commitment to discipline, hard work — those qualities you learn pretty quickly when you work for him.



Last week he signed a four-year, $44 million extension that will keep him with the Bucks through the 2017-’18 season.

This organization has put so much trust in me as a person, as a player, as a worker, as a leader.  That’s definitely the role I want to take. It’s not a spontaneous thing. We’ve been working in this direction for a long time.

Now, them investing this faith in me is awesome. But it comes with a lot of responsibility and I embrace that. I’ve had my mistakes; I’ve had my ups and downs. All in all, I keep pushing in a forward direction and it’s allowed me to get here today. It’s the same direction I want to push this team.

Larry Sanders went from a reserve role his first two seasons to a standout third season as he became the Bucks starting center.