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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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Miami Heat start process of a new season

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Miami Heat start process of a new season

MIAMI (AP) – Erik Spoelstra has ready plenty about the notion of reinvention, which seems appropriate given the task that he and the Miami Heat are embarking upon.

The post-LeBron James chapter of Heat basketball is beginning.

Spoelstra, the coach entering his seventh season in Miami, somehow sees it as opportunity.

Spoelstra and the Heat went through media day on Friday, the annual prelude to the start of training camp. For the first time in five years, Miami will begin a season without being widely expected to end the season as NBA champions, an obvious side effect of James returning to Cleveland and leaving the Heat.

”We have a much different challenge,” Spoelstra said. ”I can’t believe this, but I’m starting my 20th year here. And we’ve had many different chapters and different challenges. If I’ve learned anything in this seat, I’ve learned that’s what coaching in this NBA business is about, is embracing change, adapting with change.”

And there are changes. Plenty of them.

It’s not like James is the only departure from the team that lost in last year’s NBA Finals. The Heat had 18 players in uniform at various points of last season; only seven of them are back in uniform for the start of this training camp.

Miami has 51 percent of its scoring from last season back; by comparison, San Antonio – which needed five games to oust Miami as NBA champions – has 99 percent of last year’s scoring returning this year.

”I might have to start passing out nametags and stickers,” Heat forward Udonis Haslem said.

”I thought I’d seen everything in this league. This is my first year experiencing something like this, with 11 new guys. Weird? No. But interesting. … It’s definitely different.”

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Mario Chalmers offers words of wisdom for LeBron James’ new supporting cast

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Mario Chalmers offers words of wisdom for LeBron James’ new supporting cast

It’s not surprising to hear Mario Chalmers tell Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick, “We all just took too much of a back seat in the Finals,” since the San Antonio Spurs undressed everyone not named LeBron James and Chris Bosh in their five-game dismantling of the Miami Heat this past June.

But the mercurial point guard’s reflection on a failed three-peat offers words of warning for the Cleveland Cavaliers: Dynasties aren’t easily built and even harder to maintain.

Only Scottie Pippen remained on the roster from the first edition of the championship Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan began his pursuit of a second three-peat in 1995. It was an even lonelier road for Kobe Bryant in the seven seasons between Lakers titles last decade.

A leading man can carry a production so far, but the show won’t go on without an adequate supporting cast, and NBA bit players only take a backseat for so long before seeking bigger roles and paychecks.

Taking the analogy a step further, the occasional Alan Arkin or Jared Leto accepts a smaller part for redemption or to stave off retirement, but they seek the spotlight again or aren’t long for the stage.

Where were we? Ah, yes, Mario Chalmers, a disastrous NBA Finals performance and the mental makeup of a role player living in the shadow of one of the game’s brightest stars.

“You know, for the first time in my career, I felt like I wasn’t … yeah, my confidence wasn’t there,” Chalmers said. “Going through that whole San Antonio series, I just felt like in the playoffs I kept getting worse and worse every round. I just couldn’t figure it out. …

“Yeah, that’s the worst thing, because you never know,” Chalmers said.

“Everybody in my ear, talking about, ‘We need you, we need you to do this, we need you to do that.’ And then when it comes to the game, I didn’t feel involved. Like, you all talk about how y’all need me, but y’all didn’t put me in position to do anything. In previous years, if I was in that position, I would make sure I would go get the ball, I would put myself in position to score. I felt like this year, we all just took too much of a back seat in the Finals. …

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