Spoelstra is thrilled to see PH’s love of basketball showcased at Fiba World Cup

FILE– Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines—Erik Spoelstra knows only too well how passionate Filipinos are about basketball.

And that’s something the Filipino-American NBA head coach would like to share with the rest of the world, especially Team USA at the 2023 Fiba World Cup in Manila.

“We’re going there and that’s one of the first things I heard about and talked about in this next segment for Team USA – we’ll be there,” he said during for his media appearance at NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. “So I got goosebumps when I found out the world championships were coming. It’ll be fun.”

“I’m really grateful that everyone can see Manila and the excitement of basketball. The fan base there is as good as anywhere in the world and I’m just happy for the whole world to see it. added Spoelstra, who coached Durant in the All-Star Game.

Spoelstra will be part of the U.S. team – assuming it qualifies – for the World Cup after being named one of the assistant coaches of the U.S. men’s national basketball team coaching staff. 2022-24.

The Philippines co-hosts the World Cup with Japan and Indonesia.


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