HoopsHype Erik Spoelstra rumors

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Greg Oden went through a two-hour workout Tuesday in Indianapolis in front of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, new Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and representatives from the New Orleans Pelicans, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN that Oden will put his skills on display again Thursday for Atlanta Hawks officials before sitting down for his long-anticipated private meeting with the Pelicans later this week in Las Vegas. ESPN.com

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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Saturday downplayed the torn right meniscus sustained by Udonis Haslem last season, an injury that has the veteran power forward scheduled for impending surgery. "He hasn't had it yet," Spoelstra said as the Heat completed their summer camp at AmericanAirlines Arena in advance of Sunday's start of summer-league play in Orlando. "He's planning to have it in the next couple of weeks, and he should be able to recover, but we'll see." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra talks about Udonis Haslem’s knee surgery for the first time Saturday. “He hasn’t had it yet,'' Spoelstra said. "Likely it will happen in the next couple weeks and he should be able to recover. But we’ll see. He had been playing with a variety of ailments and issues for the last couple months of the season and throughout the season. The thing about UD is he will never, ever talk about it. So he won’t use it as an excuse. I didn’t know what was bothering him more once we got into the playoffs, his shoulder, his hip, his knee or ankle. That just shows his level of toughness of commitment. He played through all of it.’’ Sulia

Jeff Van Gundy had said Erik Spoelstra bound for Hall of Fame I talked to Stan VG & he agrees Spoelstra's reaction? “This is the most ridiculous. “We’re talking summer league,’’ Spoelstra said after the Heat’s summer-league practice Saturday. “The Van Gundys, it’s widely documented that I’m very close to them. I didn’t actually hear that from Jeff, but Stan is one of my closest friends and through Stan I’ve gotten to know Jeff over the years. They’re just great people. The Van Gundys have had a major influence on my coaching career, in particular Stan.’’ Sulia

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Miami coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about James having said after Game 7 he needs to rest his body. “He won’t rest very long,’’ Spoelstra said. “Physically, he doesn’t have that in his DNA. Probably the biggest thing will be the mental break from the grind. … But physically, we all know LeBron, he’ll be back doing something in the gym within 10 days. He can’t get away from it.’’ FOXSports Florida

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Wade was the fifth overall draft pick with All-Star expectations, while Haslem was undrafted and unwanted until he got in shape while toiling in France for a year after a sterling college career with the University of Florida. "I've probably aged 50 years and those guys look the same,'' cracked the boyish-looking Spoelstra after shootaround Thursday. "We've been through everything in those 10 years, even in different roles. "It was one of my most memorable years as coaching. Dwyane and U.D. were rookies. We've been through the championship years and we've been through the bust years. That helps you build character and you get to know each other for real when you win 15 games and also when you climb that mountaintop.'' South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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