Erik Spoelstra’s Father Gave Life-Changing Advice, 27 Years Ago!

During NBA Finals media day and practice, Erik Spoelstra sat down with ESPN’s Malika Andrews to discuss his rise from video coordinator for the Miami Heat to two-time NBA champion head coach.

A former NBA executive, Jon Spoelstra Sr. worked for the Buffalo Braves, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, and New Jersey Nets before he became a coach. When the younger Spoelstra landed his first NBA gig, the elder Spoelstra gave him some advice, knowing how precarious the business could be.

Erik Spoelstra Dad

When Joel’s son Erik joined the Heat in 1995, Joel raved about working with Heat legend Pat Riley.

He remembered his father telling him, “No matter what, just hang on, stay with it, no matter what they ask you to do, do not ever leave the situation,” the Heat head coach said as much.

Erik Spoelstra Has Spent 27 Years With the Miami Heat

The 52-year-old coach has spent nearly half his life with the Heat, taking his father’s advice.

Spoelstra laughed as Andrews showed him a black-and-white photo from his time as a video coordinator. In jest, the trainer inquired about the reason for the photo’s monochrome presentation, maintaining that “he’s not that old.”

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Spoelstra has a sense of duty as a caretaker for the team because Pat Riley has been with the team for nearly 30 years.

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