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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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Alonzo Mourning is a Hall of Famer

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Alonzo Mourning is a Hall of Famer

It was supposed to be Alonzo Mourning’s year.

It was the summer of 2000, and Michael Jordan had long since gone away. The Knicks had traded Patrick Ewing, and embraced a rebuilding plan of sorts. The Indiana Pacers had made the Finals the season before, but they restructured the team’s roster in the wake of Rik Smits’ retirement.

The Bucks couldn’t get their act together. Allen Iverson and Vince Carter’s teams, seemingly, were not ready to rule the Eastern Conference. The East was open for the taking.

Knowing this, Pat Riley went to work. He maneuvered on draft night to pick up shooter Eddie House, and stalwart scorer Chris Gatling. Months later, Gatling was used as an asset to acquire power forward Brian Grant in a three-way deal.

A few weeks before that, Riley sent longtime Heat forwards P.J. Brown and Jamal Mashburn to Charlotte for Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason.

These may not seem like huge moves in 2014, but during that era Grant was an emerging star, Jones was routinely on the All-Star team, and Mason ended up making his first All-Star game later that season. To top things off, Riley also re-signed franchise point man Tim Hardaway.

All would be in Miami to support the heart and soul of the franchise, the aforementioned Mr. Mourning, who was coming off of winning a gold medal in the Sydney Olympics.

Long after the published NBA season preview issues hit the stands, Mourning would take in a life-altering diagnosis. “Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis” was the call, a kidney condition that can be exacerbated by the typical NBA player’s reliance on anti-inflammatory pills.

Alonzo would be out for an indefinite amount of time, his dream season scuttled, his best chance at a ring taken away.

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Kelly Dwyer

WHY DWADE ACCCEPTED $10 MILLION LESS

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WHY DWADE ACCCEPTED $10 MILLION LESS

Why would he opt out of two years and $41.8 million, only to return at two years for roughly $10 million less?

That’s a question that, as he joked Friday, his fiancee might wonder, too.

He spoke at the podium of his camp of his “responsibility” to “a great organization” in “a great city,” of how “it means something” to stay with one team in the modern era, and of how “you just do what you feel is [right]. For me, I’m blessed financially. I understand the position that we’re in, with collective bargaining, in order to get what you want, you’ve got to give a little bit.”

Later, though, he made it clear that it’s also a bet on himself.

He referred, as the Heat organization has, to the expected increase in the salary cap in the summer of 2016 due to what will likely be a lucrative new television contract for the league.

He is anticipating that the organization will do right by him at that time, provided that his body does right by him in the interim.

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Ethan Skolnick

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