Filipino-American Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will be coming back to the Philippines next week, and he has some hardware along with him.
Spoelstra, who piloted the Heat to NBA title this past season, will bring along the league’s Larry O’Brien trophy for the tour.
It will be the third visit to the Philippines for Spoelstra, the first coach of Asian descent to win an NBA championship. In his previous visits to the country, the coach conducted basketball clinics and reconnected with his Filipino relatives. Last year, he also made a courtesy call on President Noynoy Aquino.
The NBA championship trophy will be available for viewing at SM North Edsa on August 4, and SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia on August 5. Spoelstra will also make an appearance at those venues to meet and greet fans.
He will also conduct a clinic for teenagers at Jose Rizal University on August 2, in preparation for NBA 3X, the league’s 3-on-3 basketball event slated on August 17 to 19 at MOA.
Spoelstra will also host a viewing party at SM MOA Center Stage, where a screening of an NBA Finals game will be held. Fans can log on to www.facebook.com/philsnba vote for which game will be screened during the viewing party.