AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Heat players and coaches will spend Thanksgiving in Memphis, but that doesn’t mean they won’t spend it around family and friends.
The Heat will hold a team dinner in Memphis — with a game against the Grizzlies scheduled for Friday — with players and coaches’ family and friends invited to attend. Erik Spoelstra said his wife, Nikki, will make the trip so they can spend their first Thanksgiving as a married couple together.
“We would love to have everybody bring their closest friends or family to the dinner,” Spoelstra said after Wednesday’s shootaround session at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Mich. “It’s one of the things about this profession, sometimes you are away at tough times during the year. We try to make it easier for the guys. If they can be around their families, let’s bring them and let’s have a dinner together. That would be fun.”
The Heat spent last Thanksgiving on the road too, celebrating the holiday in New York with a game against the Knicks set for the next day.
But the good news for Miami is that it will be home for Christmas. The Heat do not play on Christmas this season for the first time since 2008.
“We’re used to playing on the road on the holidays, so it’s kind of a bummer we’re away for Thanksgiving,” Spoelstra said. “But we’ll be around for Christmas.”