Inspiration & Sports

Erik Spoelstra’s Way Up To Success

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was here more than a month ago to conduct a basketball camp and gave some inspirational talk to coaches.

Spoelstra is Filipino-American through his mother’s side – and the first Fil-Am and Asian to become the head coach of an NBA team.

His father, Jon Spoelstra used to be an executive in NBA teams like the Portland Trailblazers, the Denver Nuggets, Buffalo Braves and New Jersey Nets

Spoelstra piloted the Heat to their first NBA championship since the 2006 season behind their power-packed roster led by Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Though currently one of the youngest to handle the head coaching chores in the NBA, Spoelstra’s climb to the ladder of coaching success was something anyone can learn from.

Three years ago, I remember an interview he had with TV host Lia Cruz. Spoelstra in fact, shared that there was nothing superb he did on his way up to becoming the head coach of the Heat.

Instead, he simply developed the heart of serving the team at any capacity, even “to the point of picking up the dirty laundry of the players”.

From doing minor tasks, including serving as the team’s cameraman during his first few years with the Heat in mid-1990s, Spoelstra became the team’s scout, helping some of the team’s players develop their skills further till becoming Miami’s main coaching guy.

His high point was in 2006, being instrumental in helping the Heat win the franchise’s very first NBA championship while serving under the tutelage of legendary coach Pat Riley.

We do have a vast number of Filipino coaches in the country who are talented and have the ability to be world-class as well.

But again, talent alone is not enough. 

Rather, it’s the willingness to be faithful in small things, in the seemingly obscure tasks you do that you become successful.

As Luke 16:10 says,   “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

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