The Coaching Career of Miami’s Erik Spoelstra

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Erik Spoelstra

A former associate director of admissions with Keiser University, Shelly Grant is a financial representative who is pursuing a law degree. When she isn’t busy working or studying, Shelly Grant enjoys following her favorite National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Miami Heat.

The Heat have been coached by Erik Spoelstra since the 2008-09 season, and the University of Portland alumnus has led the team to a pair of championships in that time. He spent the previous 11 seasons as the team’s assistant coach. In his first year as head coach, Miami finished the season with a 43-39 win-loss record. The team reached the NBA Finals two seasons later after finishing the year with a record of 58-24, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. It rebounded by winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.

Now in his 10th season as the team’s head coach, Spoelstra has compiled a record of 446-289 and is widely regarded as one of the league’s best coaches. In the 2017 league-wide annual survey of general managers, Spoelstra was one of four bench bosses to receive votes as the NBA’s best coach. He also placed third in the category of best motivator and second in coaches with the most impressive defensive schemes.


Miami Heat Host 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

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Miami Heat

For more than four years, Shelly Grant has served Principal Financial Group as a financial representative. In addition to volunteering to help those in need, Shelly Grant spends her free time traveling, playing tennis, and cheering on the Miami Heat.

In an effort to give back to fans and the local community, the Miami Heat organization oversees various outreach programs and activities off the court. Each year, the team also hosts a number of community events, including its Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

In October 2017, the Miami Heat celebrated the event’s 12th year with activities at Doral Legacy Park, a new 18-acre space that hosts sports, arts, and nature offerings for children and families in Doral, Florida. During the 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, elementary students from Doral and neighboring communities had the opportunity to join Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, and other Heat players for a basketball clinic, arts and crafts activities, and games.

The event also featured dance studio lessons from Miami Heat dancers and appearances by the Heat Xtreme Team and the Heat mascot, Burnie. Others in attendance included the Heat’s Spanish radio broadcaster and the City of Doral’s mayor.

The Miami Heat Sign Forward Kelly Olynyk as a Free Agent

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Kelly Olynyk

Leveraging over a decade of experience in the financial sector, Shelly Grant serves as a financial representative of the Principal Financial Group. Based in Florida, Shelly Grant is a passionate fan of the Miami Heat professional basketball team.

The Heat missed the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs for just the third time in 14 seasons last year, but the team has taken steps to improve its chances of reaching the postseason in 2017-2018. One of the team’s biggest moves in the offseason was signing forward Kelly Olynyk as an unrestricted free agent. He became available after the Boston Celtics acquired Gordon Hayward. It was announced that Olynyk had signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Heat.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Olynyk was the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and has averaged 9.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game during his four seasons with the Celtics. An adept three-point shooter, he made 41 percent of his attempts from beyond the three-point line in 2015-2016, a career high. Over the course of his career, he has a three-point completion rate of 37 percent. He had a career-best performance in Game 7 of last year’s first-round playoff series as he led the Celtics with 26 points, 14 of which he scored in the fourth quarter.

Miami Heat Powers Local Community Benefits

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Miami Heat

Actively involved in bettering her community, Shelly Grant provides wealth-building expertise at the Principal Financial Group. In her spare time, Shelly Grant is an avid fan of the NBA’s Miami Heat, which also prides itself on civic action.

Now in its 21st year, the Miami Heat Charitable Fund sponsors several social-action entities, such as the Holtz Children’s Hospital, the Guardian Angels, the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community, and the Jackson Memorial Fund. The Heat fund also backs college scholarships and afterschool academic-assistance efforts, and helps veterans readjust to home after service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Several special events raise money for these and other causes. For instance, the Miami Heat Family Festival brings together parents and team members for a carnival. Leading restaurants set up a food court and local celebrities join for a concert.

The Heat Scramble Golf Classic takes place on top-flight courses; this year’s event promises to be the biggest ever, with appearances by current Heat players.

Another big event is the Annual Toy and Food Drive. It benefits a Liberty City food pantry that serves more than 1,000 people each day. Toys are given to at-risk youth throughout the area.

Working alongside the Charitable Fund is the Miami Heat Family Charity Group, which includes wives of active team personnel and the mothers and families of players. The latter group assists agencies such as SafeSpace, for persons who have experienced domestic violence.v

Heat Interested in Derrick Rose?

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Derrick Rose

Shelly Grant holds a master of business administration with a specialization in international business. Working in financial services, she has built a successful career in sales and management. Outside of her professional life, she is an avid fan of the Miami Heat basketball team.

The Miami Heat just missed out on drafting Derrick Rose in 2008 with the No. 2 pick, because the Chicago Bulls took him first overall. Eight years later, it appears the Heat may be in the market for Rose’s services once again.

According to reports from multiple media outlets, the Bulls are looking to trade Rose. Even though he had a relatively healthy year, the management in Chicago seems ready to move on. Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Heat have emerged as one of the primary trade destinations for Rose.

With the team potentially facing a major shakeup in free agency, the Heat are apparently considering the Rose trade as a means of restocking roster talent should the cupboard suddenly become bare.

Two Serving Grips to Consider in Tennis

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Tennis Grips

Outside of her work as a financial professional, Shelly Grant has a passion for sports. In addition to following her favorite team, the Miami Heat, Shelly Grant enjoys playing a match of tennis when possible.

There are two types of serving grips in tennis. The Eastern forehand grip, also known as the “shake hands” grip, produces flat serves that barely clear a net. To position your hand properly, put the palm of the hand you intend to serve with on the racket strings. Slide your palm down to the handle and close your hand as if shaking hands with the racket. As you practice serving, be mindful of the tension in your fingers. The grip works best with less strain.

To add spin or a slice to your serve, consider the continental grip. It requires placing your hand 45 degrees counterclockwise from the position of the eastern forehand grip. You will notice the face of your racket tilts slightly upwards, which adds spin to a ball when contact is made. The grip’s versatility does give you an option to serve flat, if desired. This can be achieved by striking the ball further back in your swing.