As states slowly try to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, this NBA Fil-Am coach took the time to offer updates, advice and some inspiration during the pandemic.
On a live interview with the NBA’s Twitter, Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra joined Ernie Johnson for a chat on the latest edition of #NBATogether, talking about how he’s getting ready to get back on the court as certain regions begin slowly reopening.
The Miami Heat are expected to reopen their facilities as early as next Wednesday.
“We will be opening up in a soft opening with our facility at some point soon, and we’re in daily communication with the league and with the state and with the county on how to figure out how to do that where it is the most safe way and where we can follow all the protocols and really keep everybody involved safe and healthy. And that’s not only the players, but the staff, support staff, etc.”
Prior to the suspension of the NBA Season due to the pandemic, the Miami Heat were in 4th place in the Eastern Division, with a 41 and 24 record.
Spoelstra said many of the Miami Heat players and staff have been meeting via Zoom calls and scheduled workouts throughout the week.
“This is bigger than basketball. Our communication with our players and daily Zoom workouts are really more about connection and just having some laughs and getting the guys on some routine.”
During the chat, Coach Spo talked about his early days as a college player, and his beginnings as a video coordinator, before being mentored by legendary NBA coach, Pat Riley.
In some rare personal moments, Coach Spo, who doesn’t have his own social media accounts, talked about his family, and even joked about his quarantined life with a two-year-old and a newborn.
While Spoelstra looks forward to getting back to work, Jordan Clarkson, the NBA’s lone Fil-Am player, may also be heading back to court.
After weeks of spreading good vibes with his blogs and TikTok, Clarkson and the Utah Jazz are among a handful of teams that may return to their facilities as early as next week.