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Erik Spoelstra hopes play trumps race

Updated: February 23, 2012, 1:57 PM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Erik Spoelstra, the first Filipino-American to become a head coach in American pro sports, hopes that Jeremy Lin, the first Asian-American star in the NBA, eventually will be known for his basketball more than his heritage.

"I don't know him but I would guess he has a similar perspective as me about it," said Spoelstra, whose Miami Heat are hosting Lin's New York Knicks on Thursday night.

"It is terrific to be involved with changing people's perceptions, and the world ...

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