HoopsHype Erik Spoelstra rumors
Ray Allen started in place of slumping Mario Chalmers, a desperate lineup change by coach Erik Spoelstra, but that didn’t work, either. Nothing worked but LeBron James. “Not disappointed in any of my teammates,” James said afterward – even though he hadn’t been asked about any of his teammates. Miami Herald
Now what’s great is that even before the question to James and Wade, it was head coach Erik Spoelstra who got the Ramos treatment. Check out this video, where instead of asking a question, Ramos gives his made-for-sports-talk-radio opinion straight to Spo’s face: Spo answered about the only way one could in that situation, saying, “clearly.” Larry Brown Sports
Manny Pacquiao is getting into Erik Spoelstra's line of work. Pacquiao is taking over as a basketball coach in the Philippines Basketball Association. The longtime boxing champion was introduced this week as the coach of a new Kia team in that league, with the season opening in October. USA Today Sports
And even though Spoelstra is wildly popular in the Philippines, the coach of the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat might have just lost his title as that nation's favorite basketball coach. "Well, I'm not taking a boxing job," said Spoelstra, a Filipino-American who has close ties to his mother's homeland. "But I know he's a huge basketball fan, so it doesn't surprise me." Pacquiao's love for basketball is no secret, and he told reporters in the Philippines this week that he was taking the coaching position seriously. "A great responsibility," Pacquiao said. USA Today Sports
Spoelstra is planning to visit the Philippines this summer and might cross paths with Pacquiao. But a Spoelstra-Pacquiao coaching matchup is probably not going to happen. Spoelstra simply shook his head at that farfetched notion. "I'll hopefully be able to see him this summer, see what's up," Spoelstra said. "Maybe I'll check out a practice." USA Today Sports
"Don't worry, you guys can talk about me as much as you want. I'll be there on Sunday as well. I'm not hiding." Spoelstra was less committal. "Day-to-day. It's too early to tell right now," he said. "We will continue to treat him. He's as diligent as any athlete I've seen. So he will take care of himself, get rest, and do what he needs to do and obviously, we will have full alert on it." USA Today Sports
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