The NBA/WNBA FIT Team

The NBA/WNBA FIT team is made up of NBA Family members including players, coaches, officials, trainers and health-related experts who serve as ambassadors and positive role models for kids and parents. As a FIT team member, they will attend grassroot fitness events, promote valuable fitness information and continue to make good healthy life choices.





Erik Spoelstra - Head Coach, Miami HEAT
Erik Spoelstra begins his second season as Head Coach of the Miami HEAT and his 15th within the HEAT organization. He was elevated to his current post on April 28, 2008 when HEAT President Pat Riley stepped down as Head Coach. Prior to taking over the reigns as the sixth head coach in Miami history, Spoelstra was known around the league for his game preparation and superb attention to detail as the HEATís Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting. In his last seven seasons in that position he had the primary role of developing game plans for the HEATís upcoming opponents.




Steve Hess - Strength & Conditioning Coach, Denver Nuggets
In his 13th season with the Nuggets, Hess creates and administers individual workout programs for each player throughout the entire year. He spends the majority of the off season working with the Nuggets players as well as other professional athletes, overseeing every aspect of their workout programs. He pushes them to reach their peak physical condition. A graduate of Ithaca College (N.Y.), Hess received a masterís degree in physical education with an emphasis on sports medicine and a bachelorís degree in exercise science fitness and cardiac rehabilitation in Ď91.




Tamika Catchings - Indiana Fever
Tamika is a member of the Indiana Fever. She attended the University of Tennessee where she was an All-American from 1997-2001. She was a part of Tennesseeís undefeated 1997-98 National Champion team. She was drafted 3rd overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft. Tamika was twice named WNBA Defensive Player of The Year and she is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She is a 5-time WNBA All-Star. Tamika is a proud ambassador for NBA FIT/WNBA FIT.



Katie Smith - Washington Mystics
She attended Ohio State University. During her career at OSU, Smith broke the Big Ten scoring record for points scored in a career, in menís or womenís basketball. She helped led the Detroit Shock to the 2008 WNBA Championship where she was named Most Valuable Player. Also in 2008, Katie won an Olympic Gold medal with the US Womenís National Team at the Beijing Olympics.



Cappie Pondexter - New York Liberty
Cappie is a member of the New York Liberty. She attended Rutgers University. She was drafted 2nd overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft. Cappie helped lead the Phoenix Mercury to the 2007 WNBA Championship where she was named Most Valuable Player. She is a two-time WNBA All-Star.



Dominique Wilkins, NBA Legend
Dominique is best known for his playing days with the Atlanta Hawks. He attended Georgia University and was named the SEC Menís Basketball Player of the Year as a junior. He was drafted 3rd overall in the 1982 NBA Draft. A 9-time All-Star, Dominique went on to become one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. Wilkins is also known as one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname ďThe Human Highlight Reel.Ē



A.C. Green, NBA Legend
A.C. Green, Jr. is an NBA Legend who played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history. With 1,192 straight games played, he earned the nickname "Iron Man". He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and attended Benson Polytechnic High School. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He played in 1,278 out of 1,281 games in his career. He currently runs the A.C. Green Youth Foundation.



Bruce Bowen - NBA Legend
The 38-year-old former San Antonio Spurs forward retired in 2009 after 12 seasons and a reputation as one of the league's most menacing defenders. Bowen, who won three NBA Championships, was named eight times to the NBA's all-defensive team.




Jennifer Azzi - WNBA Legend
Jennifer currently works as a motivational speaker throughout the country. She attended Stanford University where she led the Lady Cardinals to the 1990 NCAA Womenís Division I Basketball Championship. She was drafted 5th overall in the 1999 WNBA Draft. Jennifer also won a gold medal while playing for the US Womenís basketball team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Jennifer was inducted into the Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.