MIAMI – If Santiago Ray sounds like a perfect character for a novel. … well, there’s a reason.
Although Erik Spoelstra says this is not the primary reason he and his wife, Nikki, chose that name for their newborn son, one of the first birthday gifts Erik gave Nikki was the novel, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. The book follows the journey of a young Andalusian shepherd boy name Santiago. Andalusia is an autonomous community in southern Spain.