Blog Posts by Lin Wenjian

  • NBA championship-winning coach Erik Spoelstra holds court in S’pore

    Miami Heat heac coach Erik Spoelstra is in Singapore to conduct a series of coaching clinics (Getty)Miami Heat heac coach Erik Spoelstra is in Singapore to conduct a series of coaching clinics (Getty)

    What do you do when your team has just won the NBA championship? You sign your rivals' best players, of course.

    That is exactly what Erik Spoelstra, head coach of the Miami Heat, did just weeks after clinching the team's second NBA championship crown last month. The Heat last won the title in 2006.

    On 11 July, the Heat's team president Pat Riley announced the signing of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis from the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards, adding to a team roster that includes the big three LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.

    Commenting on the two free agent signings, Spoelstra, who is in Singapore to conduct a series of coaching and basketball clinics in partnership with the Singapore Sports Council and the Basketball Association of Singapore, said it was imperative that the Heat "reinvent ourselves".

    This, after the mistake they made in not improving the team for the new season the last time they were champions in '06. That year, the Heat became the first defending

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  • Singapore’s Helena Wong and Lim Heem Wei bow out of Games

    Weightlifter Helena Wong is happy with her efforts despite not reaching her personal best (Getty)Weightlifter Helena Wong is happy with her efforts despite not reaching her personal best (Getty)

    Singapore's Helena Wong finished last out of 15 competitors in the women's 53kg category weightlifting competition at the ExCel Arena in London on Sunday.

    Making her debut at the Olympics, Wong lifted a combined 134kg, almost 20kg off her personal best of 153kg.

    Still, the experience was a positive one for the 24-year-old, who is competing in London after receiving a late unused quota place.

    She revealed that she started training for her event only six weeks ago and was carrying a wrist injury.

    "The experience in London has been very good. The Brits even cheered for me when I was competing so that was very nice," she told local press afterwards.

    Debut Olympian Lim Heem Wei finished 45th out of 98 competitors in the qualification round of the women's artistic gymnastics (Getty)Debut Olympian Lim Heem Wei finished 45th out of 98 competitors in the qualification round of the women's artistic gymnastics (Getty)

    Meanwhile, the Republic's Lim Heem Wei finished in 45th position in the qualification round of the women's artistic gymnastics competition, and missed out on the finals.

    Lim, who is the first Singaporean gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, finished with a combined score of 50.799 on four apparatus in a field of 98 competitors.

    Russia's

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