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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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Why the Miami Heat are still worth watching this season

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Why the Miami Heat are still worth watching this season

In the euphoria of celebrating LeBron James’ return to Cleveland and being able to make fun of fair-weather Miami fans again, one thing that was lost among the majority of the basketball world was that the Heat will remain one of the most intriguing teams to watch this upcoming season.

How will James’ old teammates and a few new additions fare without him?

On one hand, the Heat wavered in 2013-14 even with James, en route to winning ‘only’ 54 games – their lowest winning percentage of The Big Three era – and they were outscored with LeBron on the bench.

That doesn’t bode well for this new-look team if their malaise was a real sign of deterioration.

On the other hand, many feel the team eased off the accelerator and coasted in a comically weak Eastern Conference that saw them virtually locked into a top-two seed before the New Year.

While quantifying or proving how hard a team is playing is impossible, perhaps the Heat can play harder for more consistent stretches than they did last season.

Without the best player in the world to lean on, coasting against lesser opponents is no longer an option.

Then there’s the reality that the Heat still boast a collection of very recognizable talent.

In a more balanced and wide open East, a starting lineup of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Mario Chalmers is more than capable of doing some damage.

They’ll need help from an iffy group of reserves that includes Norris Cole, Shabazz Napier, Danny Granger, Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen, but that lineup should be a playoff shoo-in in the aforementioned East, and if things break right, they might even have an outside shot of competing for a fifth straight conference title.

Of course, there are also plenty of questions surrounding this roster. Can that iffy bench provide enough support for an aging trio of Wade, Bosh and Deng? Will the playmaking McRoberts continue to drill threes at a 36 percent clip in Miami, as he did in Charlotte last season, or will he revert back to the player who shot 31 percent from deep over his first six seasons?

Wade hasn’t played 70 games in a season since 2010-11 (the first year of The Big Three), while Deng looked worn down last season after being run into the ground by Tom Thibodeau’s depleted Bulls for years.

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Erik Spoelstra won’t hold grudge against LeBron James

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Erik Spoelstra won’t hold grudge against LeBron James

Miami (AFP) – Miami coach Erik Spoelstra says he has no hard feelings towards LeBron James, who decided to bolt the Heat and return to his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Speaking for the first time about James’ surprise move, which was announced last Friday, Spoelstra said he wishes James all the best in Cleveland.

“He seemed at peace with the decision,” Spoelstra told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper. “We don’t have any regrets. He shouldn’t have any regrets. It was a historic four-year run.”

The Heat reached the finals four straight years and won two championships during James’ south Florida stint.

James’ exit left Miami scrambling to piece together a competitive roster after losing to the San Antonio Spurs in last year’s NBA finals.

Miami added free agents Luol Deng, Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts and also re-signed their two stars that together with James made up their Big Three — Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The US media reported Wednesday that Wade re-signed for two years and $31 million while Bosh signed earlier for five years and $118 million.

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