Spoelstra hopes next NBA star is Filipino

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau 

Posted at Jun 28 2012 07:15 PM | Updated as of Jun 29 2012 04:05 PM

HOLLYWOOD, Florida -- The opening ceremony of the Pilipino Basketball Association of Southern Florida (PBASF) tournament has never been more meaningful, as it came on the heels of their Miami's and Filipino-American coach Eric Spoelstra's NBA Championship win. 
Spoelstra has spent a lot of his time providing basketball clinics for the PBASF. And for many of the organization's young hopefuls, the champion coach serves as their inspiration to someday be part of the NBA. 

"I would love to be an NBA player or coach someday," said participant Josh Russ. "He's a great role model." 

Spoelstra told Balitang America that he hopes a Filipino would one day shine in the NBA. 

"It just takes the right time and the right circumstance. Maybe it'll be a Fil-Am or someone in the Philippines can make it to the NBA. Why not dream about it? Players come from everywhere else," Spoelstra said.