Spoelstra offers lessons to Warriors
FIRST PHOTO: Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra talks with members of the Kamehameha Schools Maui football team on Thursday during a practice in Pukalani.
Spoelstra, who has led Miami to the last two NBA titles, spoke for about half an hour – he was on Maui for a vacation and is an acquaintance of Barry Helle, father of Kamehameha assistant coach Jordan Helle. “We asked him, and he had no problem doing it,” said Warriors head coach Cody Nakamura. “He had three main points. One was, of course, that you’ve got to work hard – not only on the big things, but on the little things, because that is what counts, the fundamentals. Another one was making sacrifices, and he talked about how LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, all those guys, they sacrifice all the time. How they sacrificed a whole ton of money, and Dwyane Wade sacrificed being the face of the franchise, so the team could be together and get those rings. The last thing was about loving what you do, every single day. It can be a lot of hard work to achieve your goals, but if you love what you do, it’s not really work.”
SECOND PHOTO: Spoelstra speaks with Nakamura, whose team will begin its season today with a game against Damien at Kanaiaupuni Stadium.