Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra makes history as first Fil-Am coach to reach NBA Eastern Conference Finals

Erik Spoelstra

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra

( Miami Heat's head coach Erik Spoelstra made history by becoming the first ever Filipino-American coach to reach the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals when his team beat the Boston Celtics 97-87 in Game 5 last May 11 (Thursday in Manila).       

Spoelstra led The Heat with key players LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade to win the series 4-1, and bagged a spot at the Eastern Conference Finals.  

Born to a Filipino mother and Irish-Dutch father, Spoelstra became Miami Heat's head coach in 2008, making him the first and youngest Asian American to become an NBA head coach. Last year, Spoelstra hosted a basketball clinic in San Pablo, Laguna, his mother's hometown.

Miami Heat’s first game against the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals is on May 15.

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Photo from Erik Spoelstra’s website

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