The Miami Heat had better not linger in the NBA playoffs for too long.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has one of the most important moments of his life scheduled for July 1.
He is getting hitched that day, he told a source at a Heat-related charity function last week at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Who’s the betrothed?
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His fiancée, former Heat cheerleader Nikki Sapp. They’ve been an item for at least four years.
“Spo knows a seven-game finals could go until June 19,” the source said. “He’d have a little more than a week to be ready.”
Few observers expect to see the Heat go far beyond the opening series with the Charlotte Hornets, but the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. are already working on the event.
The lovebirds — he is 45, she is 27 — have registered at Williams-Sonoma, in case fans want to gift them a salt shaker or something.
As for the location of the nuptials, it’ll be in South Florida, although Spo wanted to do it at his Hawaii beach house. They’re keeping the location under wraps for now.
Former Real Housewives of Miami standout Marysol Patton says she’s retiring from her day job as public relations maven and event planner.
The business handled by her Patton Group is now handled by nightlife queen Lauren Gnazzo, who has been Patton’s right-hand woman for nearly 10 years.
Patton, 49, who was known on the realty show for her enhanced assets and elderly mother, tells Gossip Extra her move was quietly in the works for a while.
“I gave Lauren Gnazzo my business, which now operates at the Gnazzo Group,” Patton says.
Gave or sold? She won’t say.
What Patton did say is that she has enjoyed several weeks of retirement.
“I’ve been traveling and spending more time with my parents, who are very ill,” she texted from a hospital.
DRUG ARREST REPORT
Three Miami-Dade residents have been thrown in the middle of a Palm Beach drug scandal that ensnared country music star Zac Brown of the chart-topping Zac Brown Band.
According to published reports, Brown was in a room at the Four Seasons that ended up getting tossed by Palm Beach Police at about 2 a.m. April 8 on suspicion of drug activity.
The singer, in Palm Beach for a charity function, is believed to have been among the nine people at the drug-fueled party with suspected hookers.
Police records show Brown wasn’t arrested, but three Miami residents jailed were: Chanel Martinez Lugo, 24, of Hialeah, charged with possession of cocaine; Katia Hernandez, 24, of Miami, charged with possession of cocaine; and Noel DelGado, 33, of Miami, charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell. DelGado admitted to being paid to drive the women to the party.
Police refused to release the incident report in its entirety, but media reports say star-struck officers agreed to leave Brown’s name out of the paperwork.
RICES LOSE A HOUSE
Former Miami Heat superstar Glen Rice and ex-wife Cristy Rice, formerly of Real Housewives of Miami, are losing an investment property.
Ditech Mortgages just received a default judgment against the Rices because they were never found to be served a foreclosure action.
The couple bought a four-bedroom suburban home in a Hialeah development in 2006 but stopped making payments on their $367,559 mortgage a year ago, according to court papers.
Glen, who played for the Heat from 1989 to 1995, couldn’t be reached for comment.