Hi — I’m back!
Life got a little hectic there for awhile.
I’m back in school, working towards my nutritional counseling certification and learning all sorts of super cool things I’ll be writing about in future posts.
I also had some work deadlines to take care of before we went on a last-minute vacation to Florida.
Photo: Miami HEAT
This blog is hardly a forum for hoops talk, but I also thought it would be weird if I didn’t post at least a little something about one of the most awesome things to happen in my family.
Having been in Miami to witness last year’s heartbreaking NBA Finals Game 6 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, this year’s victory was especially sweet for my family.
My brother has one of the most scrutinized jobs in all of professional sports. It’s often recognized as a no-win situation because if the team wins, the fans and media credit the players; if the team loses, the blame falls on the coach. There’s so much negative media and fan “noise” out there, in fact, that I rarely read media coverage about the HEAT. I also avoid the broadcasters’ commentary during pre-game and halftime, and ignore it when the random hater posts on my Twitter feed. I try to focus on the positive.
That said, it was extremely gratifying to see Erik finally rewarded for all of the hard work, focus, innovation and personal sacrifice he has brought to his job over his 17 years as part of the Miami HEAT organization. I am in absolute awe of the requirements and circumstances of his job, and was so proud to see him handle it all with such focus, composure and grace throughout what must have been one of the craziest weeks of his life.
One of the best aspects of sharing this important victory with him was the fact that my son Alonzo got to be part of so many amazing experiences — quite the contrast to our hippie-ish, Portlandia-style life here in Oregon!
One game, Alonzo got to stand in the fan tunnel and give high-fives to the players as they came through.
He appeared on national television as the announcers talked about my father, Jon Spoelstra, who has worked in professional sports for decades.
He also got to meet a couple of his favorite players — Juwan Howard and Shane Battier — and then he got to ride in the victory parade, giving parade waves and “#1″ signs like a pro.
Alonzo got some great quality time with his Uncle Erik, whether that meant a quick jump in the pool or helping him break down game video. I was also grateful to have some quality time with Erik, too — taking yoga class, talking about our favorite green smoothies, and spending time with his incredible circle of kind and supportive friends. I was also there when he got the customary congratulatory phone call from President Obama — how cool is that?!
What a week. So many happy memories to counter all of the negative ones that have haunted us over the last couple of years. My brother is a champion — which my family and I knew all along, of course — and now he has the ring to prove it. No one can take that away from him.
Congrats, Erik — so happy for you, and so glad we were there to be part of the celebration!