Erik Spoelstra Dating 24-Year-Old Former Heat Dancer Nikki Sapp

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 11, 2013

Photo Credit: Miami Herald
Photo Credit: Miami HeraldMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Erik Spoelstra is doing just fine, both on and off the court. 

The Miami Herald (h/t BSO) reports Spoelstra was hanging out at the annual fundraiser thrown by Heat broadcasters Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino. 

The event afforded the world a moment to point in the Heat coach's general direction and proclaim, "Yo, check out who Spo is dating." 

The lady’s name is Nikki Sapp, and she started dancing at Heat games in 2006—just after turning 18.

The now 24-year-old Miami native shares time between Los Angeles and Miami because she’s a director at the famous Guy Hepner art gallery in West Hollywood, Calif., according to her website. 

Spoelstra is 42 years old but looks 18, so we say the age difference really is a mental state in this particular case. 

And, as Aaliyah taught us, age ain't nothing but a number

If you are looking for a life lesson amid what is nothing more than an "NBA coach dates hot woman" story, it's that love and victory hang comfortably above American Airlines Arena. 

The team has notched off 18 wins in a row and owns a comfortable lead in the East. LeBron James continues to play like some magical amalgamation of Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan while also planning his wedding. 

The King recently sent out his "save the date" cards for his September nuptials to girlfriend Savannah Brinson. 

And now we have the head coach escorting a 24-year-old former dancer about town. 

The Miami Heat are winning on the court, off the court and from the bench. Really, they are dominating life at the moment. 

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