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Erik Spoelstra: From Portland point guard to 2-time NBA champion

From Portland point guard to 2-time NBA champion head coach of the Miami Heat, Erik Spoelstra worked his way to the top of the basketball world.




Erik Spoelstra received basketball scholarship offers, and eventually accepted one from the University of Portland in his hometown.[5] In 1989, he was named West Coast Conference freshman of the year.[8] Spoelstra was the Pilots' starting point guard for four years, averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game.[8] He is a member of the school's 1,000-point club, and is among the Pilots' career leaders in several statistical categories.[8] During a 1990 WCC Basketball Tournament game against Loyola Marymount, Spoelstra was on the court standing just a couple of yards away from Hank Gathers when Gathers collapsed and later died of a heart condition.[5] Spoelstra graduated from the University of Portland in 1992 with a degree in communications.[9]

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