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Erik Spoelstra Bio

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Erik Spoelstra

Erik Celino Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970 in Evanston, Illinois) is a Filipino-American basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of the NBA’s Miami Heat.

He is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA, as well as the first Filipino-American head coach of any North American professional sports team.

From 2001 to 2008, he served as Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting for the team. He coached the Heat to 90 wins and two playoff runs in his two years as coach.

His father, Jon Spoelstra, was an NBA Executive for the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Buffalo Braves and New Jersey Nets. His mother, Elisa Celino is from San Pablo, Laguna in the Philippines.

Spoelstra grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated from Jesuit High School in 1988 and from the University of Portland in 1992. At Jesuit High School, Spoelstra is third all-time in assists (488), tied for third in three-pointers made (156) and sixth in both three-point percentage (.384) and free throw percentage (.824).

At the University of Portland, Spoelstra was the Pilots’ starting point guard for four years, averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game, and was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. He is a member of Portland’s 1,000-point club.

After graduation from college, he spent two years as a player/coach for TuS Herten (later the Herten Ruhr Devils), a German professional team.

Spoelstra joined the Heat staff in 1995 as the team’s video coordinator. After two years, he was named assistant coach/video coordinator, then promoted to assistant coach/advance scout in 1999. He became the assistant coach/director of scouting in 2001.

He was cited by Sports Illustrated (May 30, 2005) for honing star guard Dwyane Wade’s “shooting balance and smoothing out his release after the Flash’s return from the Athens Olympics.”

In April 2008, Spoelstra was named successor to Pat Riley as head coach of the Miami Heat.

In naming Spoelstra as head coach, Riley said:  ”This game is now about younger coaches who are technologically skilled, innovative and bring fresh new ideas. That’s what we feel we are getting with Erik Spoelstra. He’s a man that was born to coach.”

Pat Riley plans to change his approach from when Stan Van Gundy was the coach.

Riley predicted:  ”A lot of players want the discipline; they will play [hard] for Spoelstra, because they respect him.’”

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Heat official: ‘Now you see why we didn’t trade’ Udonis Haslem

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Heat official: ‘Now you see why we didn’t trade’ Udonis Haslem

Pacers have struggled since trading Danny Granger. The Pacers have gone through all kinds of turmoil following a strong start to the season that had them atop the Eastern Conference standings until just recently.

Paul George has struggled both on and off the court, Roy Hibbert has called out his teammates’ selfishness, and perhaps most importantly, the losses are piling up, with Indiana having won just seven times in its last 17 contests.

One might wonder if it can all be traced back to the deadline deal that saw the Pacers trade Danny Granger.

Chemistry is extremely fragile on any championship contender, and it goes beyond simple Xs and Os. Despite not really doing much since getting healthy, Granger was the team’s elder statesman, having been there for more than eight seasons and acting as a locker room leader for the team’s younger core players.

A Miami Heat official pointed to Indiana’s struggles as the reason they chose to keep their longest tenured player as the trade deadline passed.

From Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

Heat players have referred to the risks you run when reshuffling a contender so late in the season.

As one Heat official recently put it, “Now you see why we didn’t trade U.D.” …

How would that have gone over?

“That’s a tough question,” Mario Chalmers said, measuring his words. “U.D., besides Dwyane and Bron and CB, he is the heart and soul of this team. He is one of the captains, one of the leaders on this team. He sets a good example for everybody else. I don’t know. It wouldn’t have been a good thing.”

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Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards Game Preview (April 14, 2014)

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Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards Game Preview (April 14, 2014)

One night after winning a showdown for control of the Eastern Conference’s top seed, the Miami Heat gave it right back by losing to a sub-.500 opponent – even with Dwyane Wade returning.

Now the Heat’s hopes of claiming that spot could be gone Monday night if they don’t win on the road against the Washington Wizards, a team motivated by the chance to avoid opening the playoffs against one of those No. 1 seed contenders.

Miami (54-26) moved a half-game ahead of Indiana for the East’s best record with a 98-86 victory over the Pacers on Friday despite missing Wade for a ninth straight game due to a sore hamstring.

He returned the next day and scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, but the Heat committed 20 turnovers and lost 98-85 in Atlanta.

That left them tied atop the East, but Indiana owns the tiebreaker due to a better conference record and regained a half-game lead on Miami by beating Oklahoma City on Sunday.

That means the Heat can only gain the No. 1 seed if they win Monday and against Philadelphia on Wednesday while the Pacers lose at Orlando.

“It’s not finished. I see the standings,” LeBron James said Saturday. “… There’s a couple games still left and the seedings are changing every day.”

The Heat have lost three of four to fall to 11-12 since March 4, including 3-8 on the road, but received a boost Saturday from Wade playing well in just his second game in three weeks.

“It was good, better than I can envision,” Wade said. “When you’re out so long, you’re just thinking of getting your wind back.”

This game would be a first-round preview if Miami finishes with the No. 2 seed and Washington drops to seventh.

The Wizards (42-38) are currently sixth with a one-game lead on Charlotte, but the Bobcats hold that season series tiebreaker. Each team has two games remaining.

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