MIAMI Heat coach Erik Spoelstra extended his sympathies to the victims of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan) that wrecked havoc in the country particularly in the Visayas region.
Spoelstra, whose Filipina mother is from San Pablo, Laguna, expressed his condolences through the Heat’s social media accounts and the team's official website.
“On behalf of the Miami HEAT organization, we would like to extend our condolences to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,” Spoelstra said.
“We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers,” he added.
Hundreds are believed dead and several others missing when Yolanda, packing winds of more than 280km per hour, struck the Visayas region on Friday.
Spoelstra has visited the country four times in the past, the last of which came when the Heat won the 2012 NBA championship.
He also held several cage clinics here by joining NBA-backed activities, and even visited the hometown of his mother in Laguna.
Spoelstra also once shot a commercial for a telecommunications company here.
Just last July, Miami Heat superstar Lebron James visited the country for the very first time