Erik Spoelstra, the Filipino American coach of the current NBA champion, the Miami Heat, talks about his pride in his Filipino heritage and how his annual return to his mother’s homeland to do basketball clinics for young people is the “highlight of my summer.”
In an exclusive interview with veteran broadcaster Lloyd LaCuesta for Positively Filipino on January 16 in San Francisco, the winning coach, whose team continues to dominate the NBA, reveals his impressions of the Philippines and his hope that someday a Filipino will make it to the big leagues in basketball.
“We can never say never,” he tells LaCuesta. “The passion is there and the youth programs are getting better. Maybe it will be a Fil-Am first, to break through.”