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Abrams: Erik Spoelstra's Dad's Unusual Trade

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Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times takes a look at Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. Included is a vignette about his father, Jon, a former Portland Trail Blazers executive. --------------------------- Jon Spoelstra was a central figure in one of the N.B.A.’s more unusual trades. As a Portland executive, he shipped himself to the Indiana Pacers in 1983 for a couple weeks of his marketing expertise in exchange for point guard Don Buse. "I was an advocate that if you owned an N.B.A. team, you didn’t have to lose money," Spoelstra said. "In 1983, almost every team was losing money and the Trail Blazers weren’t. The Pacers were for sale and they were bringing in different people and wanted me to talk to prospective buyers. The last guys who came into the room were two local guys, Herbert and Mel Simon, who ended up buying the team." "It hadn’t been done before and it hasn’t been done since," Spoelstra said of the trade, laughing. "When you take a look at it, I think Portland got the better end of the deal." --------------------------- The article also mentions that the Spoelstras attended every Portland Trail Blazers home game together one year. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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