Written by: Manny Navarro
Erik Spoelstra said he was on the Miami Heat’s team bus and on his way to practice Saturday afternoon in Indiana when he got a phone call he was not expecting from his wife, Nikki, and her doctor.
The news: Nikki’s water had broken and the Spoelstras were going to have their first child within the next 24 hours. Even then, Spoelstra recounted with a grin Tuesday morning after shootaround, he had to make sure it was really happening.
“As naive as I was I made the comment to our doctor and Nikki on speakerphone ‘OK, is this a false alarm, fire drill?’,” Spoelstra said. “That’s when I proceeded to get screamed at. It wasn’t [a false alarm].”
Spoelstra, 47, made it out of snowy Indianapolis with plenty of time to spare for the birth of his son, Santiago Ray, who came into the world Sunday weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounches and 19 inches long just before the Heat took on the Pacers.
photo credit: Nikki’s Instagram Account