Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra Speaks Out After 11 Miami Marlins Players Test Positive for COVID-19

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Monday’s jarring news that 11 Miami Marlins players tested positive for COVID-19 caused Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra to offer some sobering advice about remaining vigilant.

The news of the Marlins’ misfortune came just three days after they had opened their shortened 2020 season. It could conceivably be the precursor to a nightmare scenario in which baseball is forced to shut down again.

Spoelstra is certainly hoping that a similar event doesn’t take place when the Heat resume their season on Saturday, given the toll the pandemic has already taken, especially in the state of Florida.

The insidious nature of the virus is such that even with the effort the NBA has made in trying to make sure that everyone within the bubble in Orlando, Fla. is protected, there are no guarantees that everyone is safe

Those efforts include frequent testing for the virus and playing without fans, financial costs that show how committed the league is to crowning a champion in October.

The Heat will start back up against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, hoping to improve on their 41-24 record and possibly making up the two-and-a-half game deficit behind the Boston Celtics. Whether the Heat and other teams stay healthy is one of the unknowns entering this resumed season.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.