Miami Heat Fil-Am coach Erick Spoelstra coming to RP; salary

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April 5, 2010: The average NBA coach salary is estimated to be $3.4 million, down 10 percent in the last two years, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Anthony, Joel. FC/PF = $3,300,000
Bibby, Mike. PG = $5,564,767
Bosh, Chris. FC/PF = $14,500,000
Chalmers, Mario. PG = $847,000
Dampier, Erick. C = N/A
Haslem, Udonis. FC = $3,500,000
House, Eddie. G = $1,352,181
Howard, Juwan. FC = $1,352,181
Ilgauskas, Zydrunas. C = $1,352,181
James, LeBron. F/SF = $14,500,000
Jones, James. GF/SF = $1,069,509
Magloire, Jamaal. C = $1,229,255
Miller, Mike. GF/SG = $5,000,000
Pittman, Dexter. C = $473,604
Wade, Dwyane. G/SG = $14,000,000 – The Filipino-American head coach of the Miami Heat, Erik Spoelstra, will be in Manila along with assistant coach David Fizdale to participate in a series of activities for the NBA FIT program.

“NBA FIT is a terrific program and I am excited to return to the Philippines to promote the importance of healthy living to Filipino children and their families,” said Spoelstra. “Basketball is such a huge part of my life and giving back to our community is meaningful to me. Being able to combine basketball and my heritage gives me great pride.”

The Miami Heat has generated a lot of excitement among basketball fans after the acquisition of the NBA’s top player, LeBron James, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers. James joins Dwayne Wade, who already led the Heat to a championship, and former Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh.

NBA FIT will be held in Manila for nine straight days, from August 6 to 15, for the largest program ever held in Southeast Asia.

NBA FIT is the league’s comprehensive health and wellness program that encourages physical activity and healthy living for children and families through events, programs, and products. NBA senior vice president and managing director of NBA Asia Scott Levy explained why the league decided to bring the program to the country:

“Filipino NBA fans are extremely passionate about the league and this program will provide them with an authentic NBA experience in their own backyard,” Levy said. “We thank our partners for their enormous support and look forward to joining them in promoting the importance of health and fitness to Filipino youth.”

From August 6 to 15, basketball fans can expect the following:

NBA FIT Clinics – Fans can participate in free fitness and basketball activities such as cardio and kickboxing classes, Bollywood dance classes, urban fitness training, and two time-based basketball and fitness competitions: the NBA FIT Challenge and Dribble Dish & Swish. Fans can also learn valuable tips on nutrition, hydration and healthy choices from renowned experts or receive health and BMI checks and nutritional counseling on-site. NBA FIT Clinics will be held at the SM North EDSA Annex on August 7 and 8, at Far Eastern University (FEU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) on August 10, and at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on August 15. Registration is on-site and all events and activities are free of charge.

NBA FIT Development Camp – Coach Spoelstra will host a one-day NBA-style training camp for some of the country’s top men’s and women’s basketball players on August 11. The top 80 prospects, selected by the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), will learn the latest NBA techniques and fitness training and will take part in advanced hydration “sweat tests” and tailored nutrition seminars. Local basketball coaches, athletic trainers and members of the media will be invited to observe the camp.

NBA FIT Fun Run – An NBA FIT Fun Run, co-organized by RunRio, will take place on Aug. 14 with 3K, 5K and 10K distances. It is open to participants of all ages and a total of 2,000 spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will be held at RUNNR, Bonifacio High Street at The Fort, and at Fitness First, SM Mall of Asia branch.

Spoelstra and his staff will also bring the NBA FIT message to the youth through basketball and fitness clinics in San Pablo, Laguna and in Metro Manila.

For more information about NBA FIT Week, please log on to

Yahoo! Philippines is the Official Media Partner of NBA FIT Week. Other sponsors are: Gatorade the Official Sports Drink of NBA FIT, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), UNICEF, and the UAAP.

Photo courtesy of AP.

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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