Fun fact about newly hired Tennessee coach Butch Jones: The man is a close friend of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, as the two share the same agent. In fact, the two are so close that Jones and his two boys, Alex and Adam, were in attendance during Thursday’s historic Game 7 in American Airlines Arena.
But not before going so far as to use Game 6 as a coaching lesson for his future Vols players (remember, he hasn’t even coached a game there yet).
The photo above depicts the three fellas after landing in Miami. Before taking off, Jones shared with 104.5 The Zone in Nashville (via CoachingSearch.com) what insights he and his program can glean from the Heat’s epic Game 6 win to extend the series.
“Erik has one of the most difficult jobs in all of sports,” Jones said. “When everyone sees the collection of talent they have, they think sometimes you just roll the balls out and play. There’s so much that goes into building a team and team chemistry, the way you’re going to play. You saw in Game 6 the mental conditioning.
“That was a great teaching point for our current team at Tennessee. They had just about anything and everything that could go wrong in Game 6, but they kept grinding, kept believing and they found a way to win. That’s what champions do each and every day. They find a way to win. There are so many things we can take from Game 6.”
Hopefully, his two boys take home some big lessons from attending Game 7: Work hard, and you can take your own kids to the locker room for a Game 7.