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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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DWade, Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside lead Heat over Bulls 96-84

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DWade, Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside lead Heat over Bulls 96-84

CHICAGO (AP) – Hassan Whiteside bounced around the NBA Development league and played in China and Lebanon, hoping NBA teams were keeping tabs and would give him an opportunity.

He was in Charlotte, working out at the downtown YMCA, a few months ago. He then got his chance with the Heat and he’s making the most of it.

Whiteside had an unconventional triple-double with a team-record and career-high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Miami beat the sluggish Chicago Bulls 96-84 Sunday.

”It’s a blessing. Like I told my teammates, you won’t believe how things work out in life,” said Whiteside, who signed with Miami in late November. ”Three months ago I was at the downtown Y just chilling, working on my game. I couldn’t get a team to pick up the phone.”

On Sunday, he made the Bulls miserable. His teammates did their part, too.

Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, and Chris Bosh finished with 20.

Luol Deng scored 15 in his return to Chicago. Mario Chalmers had 15 points, and the Heat squashed whatever momentum the Bulls appeared to be building after beating San Antonio and Dallas.

Miami led by 10 at halftime, 12 going into the fourth quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.

Wade and Bosh came through with strong performances. Deng had 10 rebounds and four assists in his first game at the United Center since the Bulls traded him to Cleveland last season. And Whiteside wreaked all kinds of havoc in just 24 minutes after missing two games with a sprained right ankle.

Pau Gasol had 13 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, giving him 50 over the past three games. Derrick Rose scored 19 for Chicago but missed all six 3-pointers.

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ANDREW SELIGMAN

Miami Heat escape in final moments, top Indiana Pacers 89-87; Luol Deng has 23

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Miami Heat escape in final moments, top Indiana Pacers 89-87; Luol Deng has 23

MIAMI (AP) – Luol Deng has been dealing with a nasty illness for a few days. Dwyane Wade missed the shootaround with another bout of bad headaches, which he’s battled for years.

And the Miami Heat fell apart in the second half yet again. Only this time, they still went home feeling healthy and happy.

Deng scored 23 points, Chris Bosh added 19 and the Heat survived another struggle at home, hanging on to top the Indiana Pacers 89-87 on Friday night.

”We’re lucky they ran out of time,” Deng said. ”First half we were great. Second half they were great. It was two completely different halves.”

Wade scored 13 for Miami, which led by 20 late in the third quarter before Indiana ripped off an 11-0 run and kept the pressure on all the way to the final second.

Indiana would get within a point on two occasions in the final minutes, and had a shot to win or tie on the game’s final possession – but C.J. Watson’s open 20-footer from the right corner rimmed out at the buzzer.

”The way this season has went for us, I don’t care if we won by 20 or we won by a point or half a point,” said Wade, whose team improved to a mere 8-13 at home. ”We got a win.”

Luis Scola scored 14 points, George Hill and Watson each scored 13 and David West had 12 for the Pacers, who dropped their seventh straight.

”Lot of heart, lot of fight,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. ”We battled back in a game down 21 to give ourselves a chance to tie it up. Very proud of the group that did that.”

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TIM REYNOLDS

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