Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra dating former Heat dancer Nikki Sapp [photos]


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There aren’t that many bachelor head coaches around the NBA. Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra showed up to a fund rasing event over the weekend with former Miami Heat dancer Nikki Sapp. Sapp joined the dance team in 2006 at 18 years old.

The notoriously private boyish 42-year-old stunned observers by stepping onto the red carpet of Heat broadcasters Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino‘s yearly fundraiser with a beautiful, and much younger, brunette.

More than a few Miami Heat dancers have parlayed their time with the team into pop culture celebdom. “Basketball Wives,” Royce Reed, to “The Bachelor’s”  Trista Rehn plus a Pussycat Doll and WWE Diva, Layla El all to the court on behalf of the Heat. Royce and Nikki were on the dance team at the same time too.


If I had to pick a favorite dance team, they would be it. In some ways I can see them being compared with the 80’s Laker Girls. Paul Abdul launched her career there and changed the way NBA dance teams looked and performed.




photos via Miami Heat