Great work by Steve Aschburner of detailing the healthy and mutual respect between two highly regarded coaches within the NBA coaching fraternity; Erik Spoelstra and Brad Stevens. As Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals concludes, each coach feels they’ve learned so much from one another – “I think the world of Erik. I think the world of their whole program. I think they’re tremendous,” says Stevens. While many appreciate the combustible days of longtime coaching rivalries, Spoelstra and Stevens have garnered coaching success with humility and respect for the opposing sideline.

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