Center Jarrett Allen said Friday he was surprised at Okoro’s workload — he led all NBA rookies in minutes per game as of Thursday. “It’s awesome to see. It’s been a great rookie season for him,” Allen said of Okoro’s progress. “He’s been through a lot, just seeing trades, how much he’s been playing. “I saw he’s played the most minutes out of every single rookie. That’s a tough job coming in at how old he is and he’s handled it like a real professional. Just going down the line, I think that’s going to help him in the long run, make him have a good and lasting career.”
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Spoelstra has accepted an invitation to join the USA Basketball coaching staff for its Olympic preparations in Las Vegas next month. The Miami Heat coach, who went head-to-head against Popovich and San Antonio in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals, will be involved coaching the U.S. select team — a group of players that will be brought in to practice and scrimmage against the Olympic roster.
“I really just want to be a part of the program,” Spoelstra said. “I’m always pushing myself to get better in the offseasons; I go visit people and all that stuff. This is going to be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings … for where I am right now in my career, I think this is the perfect thing for a summer of development.”