MIAMI – Erik Spoelstra recalls his first meeting with NBA head coaches. He was 37 years old and felt out of place when he walked into the room. He quickly made a friend in Michael Goldberg.
“I didn’t feel like I belonged,” Spoelstra said. “The one guy who made me feel welcomed and part of the fraternity was Michael. I always remembered that and every single time after that, every one of those meetings, I looked forward to seeing him and just talking and catching up.”
Goldberg, who served as executive director of the National Basketball Coaches Association for nearly four decades, died a week ago at his home in New York. He was 73. Spoelstra and the rest of the Heat coaching staff will wear bow ties during tonight’s home game against the Pistons in honor the man who had a fondness for the neck wear.
The Heat and Bulls staffs wore bow ties during Miami’s 100-88 win in Chicago on Friday. The bow ties, were supplied to the teams and coaches all over the league have been wearing them the last couple of nights.
“It’s the smallest gesture we can do,” Spoelstra said. “Michael Goldberg was such a champion for all the coaches and the entire association. The work he did that will continue and happen, so incredible for us to be set up with benefits and things that weren’t available before.”
Last week it was announced that the NBCA will name its own Coach of the Year after Goldberg.
He had an incredible way of making you feel that you were lifelong friend. That was an incredible quality. His legacy will continue to live on.”
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