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Spoelstra brings Ducks' spread to NBA

Oregon Ducks football inspires Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat's new fast-paced offense

Originally Published: December 22, 2011
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN.com

Erik Spoelstra was on the sidelines when he had his moment of clarity.

Only, it came on a football field in Eugene, Ore., and with an Oregon Ducks logo, not a Miami Heat one, on his collared shirt.

On a sunny August morning, two months removed from watching his Heat team collapse against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, Spoelstra stood on the sidelines at the Ducks' training camp, trying to absorb any insight into the contrarian mind of famed Ducks football coach Chip ...

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