Rumor has it that longtime Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is in talks to potentially take on a coaching role with Team USA for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Spoelstra, who has been with Miami Heat since the 2008-09 NBA season, has taken the franchise to two NBA titles and is the second-longest coach in the NBA. He stands behind the US head coach Gregg Popovich, with whom he has a longstanding collaboration.
It was only last month, after Gregg Popovich first came to be known as Team USA head coach, that Erik Spoelstra said the following about a possible membership in the coaching staff.
“I really just want to be part of the program. I always push myself to get better in the off-season; I visit people and all that stuff. This will be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings for my current career path, I think that’s the perfect thing for a summer of development. “
The decision is apparently due to the fact that the San Antonio Spurs did not get through the regular season this year, with Erik Spoelstra now also confirmed as part of the coaching staff.
Miami Heat head coach Eric Spoelstra confirms he is part of the Team USA coaching staff for the Tokyo Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics basketball event is slated to open on July 24th, qualifiers are currently underway, and Team USA will begin training on July 6th. The 12-person roster includes players like Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Draymond Green and Bradley Beal. The team also has other notable stars like Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo, Jayson Tatum, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday.
A number of stars will obviously be forced to get into training late considering the NBA finals are slated to run through July 20th. Regardless, multiple sources confirmed today that Erik Spoelstra has accepted an invitation to join the coaching staff alongside head coach Gregg Popovich. The two most famous competed against each other during the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals and have long been rivals with a lot of mutual respect.
Both coaches had previously spoken to Team USA about a possible participation in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. But it wasn’t until the San Antonio Spurs failed to make it to the playoffs that Popovich was announced as head coach. In a similar way, Erik Spoelstra was able to accept the invitation as his team the Miami Heat is eliminated early from the 2021 NBA playoffs. In addition, Mark Few from Gonzaga University and assistant coach at the Dallas Mavericks Jamahl Mosley will support the coaching unit of Poppovich and Erik Spoelstra.
12-man team USA squad for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
Yesterday ie. On July 28, 2021, Team USA released a list of the entire 12-man squad that will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Erik Spoelstra and Team USA are striving for the fourth Olympic gold medal in a row. Training is scheduled to begin on July 6th.
Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Durant, Jerami Grant (Detroit Pistons), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks), Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls )), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics).