Erik Spoelstra profile reveals he was on the court when Hank Gathers passed away
Everyone that follows basketball knows who Erik Spoelstra is.
The head coach of the Miami Heat. The man that called the plays when the Big Three invaded Miami.
You may not know where he came from, however. I didn’t, not until I read this story from Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. He’s a fascinating guy, but here’s the part that shocked me: Spo was on the court when Hank Gathers, star of the 1990 LMU basketball team, died:
Spoelstra was the point guard at Portland then. You can see him, No. 30 in purple, on the video here, although I will advise you not to click that link -- a clip from “The Guru of Go”, a 30 for 30 on that LMU team -- unless you’re prepared to watch the video of Gathers collapsing on the court.