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Erik Spoelstra Bio 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...

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Erik Spoelstra Bio

Category : Erik Spoelstra

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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Miami Heat say Chris Bosh will miss remainder of the season

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Miami Heat say Chris Bosh will miss remainder of the season

MIAMI (AP) – Not even a week ago, Chris Bosh was talking about how eager he was to get home in an effort to turn the Miami Heat’s season around.

His focus will be on something far more important now.

The All-Star forward’s season is over, with the Heat announcing Saturday that – as suspected – blood clots were found on one of his lungs. The problem, if it had not been caught, could have killed the 30-year-old Bosh, who had been fighting pain in his side and back for several days.

”He was able to get in front of it early,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said, adding that Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, encouraged him to get checked out when the problem wouldn’t subside. ”That’s the good thing that helps all of us sleep at night.”

The team said Bosh ”is receiving care under the guidance of Miami Heat team physicians” at a hospital, adding that ”his prognosis is good.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra sounded upbeat about Bosh’s road to recovery. The team received the news Saturday morning, Spoelstra said, and welcomed the clarity after a frightening couple of days.

”His health will be restored,” Spoelstra said before Miami played host to New Orleans. ”That’s the most important thing. That’s bigger than basketball.”

Spoelstra and Wade visited Bosh on Saturday.

”It’s been very emotional for all of us,” Spoelstra said. ”I was in constant contact with CB. But he didn’t know either until they were able to go through all the tests and see all the specialists. … I can’t imagine how tough it was for Chris and Adrienne.”

Bosh is the second NBA player whose final game this season was the All-Star Game. New York’s Carmelo Anthony was shut down for knee surgery earlier in the week, a move that was long expected.

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TIM REYNOLDS

Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans Game Preview (February 21, 2015)

Category : Miami Heat

Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans Game Preview (February 21, 2015)

Dwyane Wade and Anthony Davis may have been rusty for their respective teams after returning from injuries.

The newly acquired Goran Dragic could be the difference in Saturday night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans.

Miami (23-30) had lost five of seven straight games missed by Dwyane Wade due to a hamstring injury. He was mediocre in Friday’s 111-87 road win over the Knicks, scoring 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting.

The Heat were without Chris Bosh as he underwent more tests Friday with concerns that blood clots had moved into his lungs. Coach Erik Spoelstra said the team is still waiting on a full diagnosis, though it could keep him out for the rest of the season or longer.

Bosh is averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds and leads Miami with 63 3-pointers. The Heat are 4-5 without him, though Friday they took advantage of a Knicks team without Carmelo Anthony.

“This is too premature,” Spoelstra said. “I’m not a doctor and as soon as we collect all the data, we’ll come up with a statement for you. We don’t have that right now, so we will soon enough.”

Saturday could see the debut of brothers Goran and Zoran Dragic after Miami acquired them Thursday. Spoelstra said both underwent physicals Friday.

Goran’s 50.1 field-goal percentage trails only Kyle Korver (51.2) among guards.

It remains to be seen how he will eat into the minutes of Mario Chalmers (30.9 mpg) and Shabazz Napier (20.9). Napier scored a season-high 18 on 4-of-5 3-point shooting with seven rebounds and six assists Friday, leading eight players with at least 12 points.

“We liked that it was a team effort,” Spoelstra said. “You hear this all the time, that this league is a business, but that doesn’t mean you don’t go through a lot of emotions as players and staff. We’ve been through a lot in the last 24 hours, a lot of change.”

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JORDAN GARRETSON

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