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Spotlight On The NBA's First Asian, Youngest Head Coach

Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra Continues Pat Riley's Legacy

New America Media, Video, Odette Keeley & Michael Siv Posted: Dec 06, 2008

Editor's Note: Filipino-Dutch-Irish Erik Spoelstra took over Basketball Hall of Famer Pat Riley's position as Miami Heat head coach last April and is the first Asian, first Filipino and youngest head coach in the NBA. Riley calls Spoelstra a "man born to coach", and when the Heat won the 2006 NBA Championships, Riley first turned to him for a celebratory hug, acknowledging his contributions as then assistant coach.

On Dec. 1st, before the Miami Heat played the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, CA, Spoelstra spoke with local Filipino-American media including "New America Now" TV anchor Odette Keeley, sharing his pride in his heritage, and also confirming negotiations to bring NBA basketball clinics to the Philippines. Superstar Guard Dwyane Wade says Coach Spo helped develop his game and Forward Shawn Marion admires Spoelstra's trademark "open-door policy" in the team and staff. Odette Keeley hosts and produces video for New America Media's TV program on COMCAST ON DEMAND, "New America Now." Michael Siv is senior videographer and editor/producer for "New America Now" and NAM.


This is a streaming MP4 video - you'll need Quicktime 6 or later to view it.

Photo Credits: NBA Photos

Video Credits: Miami Heat

Video Credits: Golden State Warriors

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