HoopsHype Jon Spoelstra rumors

May 15, 2013 Updates

In 1995, Spoelstra had his choice of two job offers, and family seemingly on both sides of the fence. His father, Jon, a former executive with the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets, remembers both opportunities holding appeal. Erik, his only son and the younger of two children, could continue playing basketball professionally in Germany or he could accept a position with the Miami Heat as a video coordinator. USA Today Sports

"I don't know if these are the right words," Jon Spoelstra said, "but she said, 'What the (expletive) are you thinking? Do you realize how difficult it is to get into the NBA? Just because Dad is there doesn't mean it's easy. To get a job on the basketball side? You have to be an idiot.' He called me back a day later and said, 'I changed my mind.'" Erik Spoelstra has been in South Beach ever since, ascending from poring over video to scout to director of scouting to assistant coach and, finally, to head coach in 2008. USA Today Sports

May 28, 2011 Updates

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