After Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse took the reins of the Canadian national basketball team in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, a few Filipino hoop fans wondered if there was a chance Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra could do something similar for Gilas Pilipinas in the near future.
For the meantime, Spoelstra says no to the idea of him leading the Philippines on the international basketball stage. In an exclusive interview, the Heat head coach says his focus is firmly on family during the offseason.
“I don’t think that that’s realistic for this period of time in my life,” Spoelstra said about the idea of coaching Gilas. “I have two young sons and that summertime is extremely valuable. I don’t want to miss out on those moments.”
“But I am here to support in any way possible,” he added.
Even if he didn’t throw his name in to coach Gilas Pilipinas, Spoelstra is still connected to basketball in the Philippines.
Spoelstra revealed he has been in contact with Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone during the NBA bubble and has a history of conducting grass roots programs in the country alongside the NBA.
The Miami head coach even jokingly said he would gladly bring Jimmy Butler’s ‘Big Face Coffee’ to the Philippines soon.
“You know what? Yes I will!” Spoelstra said about bringing Big Face Coffee to the country.
For the meantime, Butler’s viral coffee has a bigger chance of making it to the country compared to the idea of Spoelstra leading Gilas Pilipinas. But that doesn’t mean that the Filipino-American head coach won’t be around the Philippines soon.
“I do want to do what we have done in the summers of the past, work with the NBA and do more grass root clinics and support those kinds of programs,” Spoelstra said.
“I think that’s more realistic for sure.”