MANILA, Philippines – Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra was delighted when he was informed of the record breaking television ratings for the 2011 NBA Finals, which aired on ABS-CBN.
The Finals saw Spoelstra’s Heat lose in 6 games to the Dallas Mavericks.
Despite their loss, Spoelstra was thankful for the support of the Filipinos.
“It’s not a secret that there are some people in America that are rooting against us,” he said. “So with other people rooting for us, our guys really responded to that.”
“I let them know a couple of times during the year that we had a lot of fans that might not be coming from the US, but outside Florida and in places you might not expect,” Spoelstra added.
“To all the fans in the Philippines who are following and supporting the Miami Heat, we truly appreciate it,” he said.
He also assured all the Heat fans that the team is ready to bounce back from their setback in the Finals.
“We will be back tougher and stronger next year,” he promised.
“We need your support, considering we don’t have a lot fans in the States,” Spoelstra added. “But they all know how popular they are here, and we can’t thank you enough.” -- Report from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News