To the Pinoy fans, he is known as the most successful basketball coach, having won two NBA championships and being a shoe-in for the basketball hall of fame — but at home Erik Spoelstra is now known as Dad.
TJ Manotoc shares with us how fatherhood is treating Coach Spo, and his plans for his family to introduce them to his Filipino roots.
10 months ago, his wife Nikki gave birth to Santiago Ray Spoelstra.
Coach Spo admitted, for the first time he was shocked and speechless upon getting that phone call while on the road.
It’s been seven years since Coach Spo has been home to the Philippines to visit family and interact with his fans. For his next trip, he’s gonna make sure he’s got the whole family coming with him
Ever since Pinoy fans became aware of Coach Spoelstra’s heritage and him being a proud Fil-Am the Heat’s Filipino fan base has grown through the years. He can’t be thankful enough for their loyal support.
“We appreciate all the support for the Miami Heat we talked about all the time in the locker room, and hopefully we can make a great run. for the rest of the season and in the playoffs to be able to reward that support.”
The Heat sits at the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference and play 29 more games in the regular conference. And Coach Spo is confident with a healthy and complete roster coming soon they can make that one big push to seal a spot in the playoffs.