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2007-08 Miami Heat season
Miami Heat
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Southeast Division
Founded 1988
History Miami Heat
(1988-present)
Arena American Airlines Arena
City Miami, Florida
Team colors Black, Red, White, Orange
Owner Micky Arison
General manager Randy Pfund
Head coach Pat Riley
D-League affiliate Iowa Energy
Championships 1 (2006)
Conference titles 1 (2006)
Division titles 7 (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Official website None

The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Two years after winning their first NBA championship, they currently own the worst record in the league, with an 11-52 record after the first half of the 2007-08 season. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... The 2007-08 Atlanta Hawks season will be their 20th season in the National Basketball Association. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Southeast Division is a division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. It was formed when the Charlotte Bobcats entered the NBA as an expansion team in 2004. ... The American Airlines Arena is an arena located in downtown Miami, Florida along Biscayne Bay and is used for basketball games and concerts. ... Image File history File links Miami_Florida_city_flag. ... Miami redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Micky Arison is the Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation, the worlds largest cruise operator, and owner of the NBAs Miami Heat. ... Randy Pfund is a former NBA head coach and a current NBA executive. ... For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ... The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Associations officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... The Iowa Energy are a team of the NBA Development League. ... The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1997-98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2006-07 NBA season is the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about the sport. ... Miami redirects here. ... NBA redirects here. ...

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History

Birth of the Heat

During the boom period of the NBA of the 1980s the league sought to expand itself from 23 teams to 27 by the end of the decade. In Florida, a state devoid of any NBA franchises, groups from Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg and Miami all vied to land franchises. NBA redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 261. ... Tampa redirects here. ... For other uses, see St. ... Miami redirects here. ...


The Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority eventually endorsed a group led by NBA Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham and former sports agent (and lifelong friend of Cunningham's) Lewis Schaffel, who received their financial backing from Carnival Cruise Lines founder Ted Arison, who would be majority owner. Day-to-day operations would be handled by minority shareholders Cunningham and Schaffel. William John Billy Cunningham (born June 3, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former pro basketball player, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid, and coach. ... Carnival Cruise Lines is a cruise line operating a large number of cruise ships. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


In April 1987, the NBA expansion committee endorsed the bids of the cities of Charlotte and Minneapolis. However, the committee was split between awarding the third and final franchise to Miami or Orlando, causing representatives from both cities to toss barbs at the other. Finally, it was decided that the NBA would expand by 4 teams, with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat debuting for the 1988–89 season and the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic beginning for the 1989–90 season [1]. Charlotte redirects here. ... Minneapolis redirects here. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The 1988-89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The 1989-90 NBA Season was the 44th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


The Rothstein years

For their first head coach, Miami hired Ronny Rothstein, who was a longtime assistant coach under Chuck Daly in Detroit and who was credited with being one of the architects of Detroit's stifling defense. The Heat came into the NBA for the 1988–89 season with an unproductive first year, with a roster full of young players and journeymen. Among the players on the inaugural roster were first round picks Rony Seikaly and Kevin Edwards, fellow rookies Grant Long and Sylvester Gray as well as NBA vets Rory Sparrow, Jon Sundvold, Pat Cummings, Scott Hastings, Dwayne "Pearl" Washington and Billy Thompson. The team started out the season by losing its first 17 games, an NBA record. It did not help that the Heat were placed in the Midwest Division of the Western Conference, in defiance of all geographic reality. This forced them on the longest road trips in the NBA; their nearest divisional opponent was the Houston Rockets, over 900 miles from Miami. The team ultimately finished with a league-worst 15–67 win-loss record. Chuck Daly Charles Jerome Chuck Daly (born July 20, 1930 in St. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Ronald F. Seikaly (Arabic: ) is a retired Lebanese-American basketball player. ... Kevin Durell Edwards (born October 30, 1965, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (20th overall pick) of the 1988 NBA Draft. ... Grant Andrew Long (born March 12, 1966 in Wayne, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player. ... Sylvester Gray (born July 8, 1967, in Millington, Tennessee) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Miami Heat in the 2nd round (35th overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft. ... Rory Darnell Sparrow (born June 12, 1958 in Suffolk, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. He played collegiately at Villanova University. ... Jon Thomas Sundvold (born July 2, 1961 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft. ... Pat Cummings (born July 11, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Scott Hastings (b. ... Dwayne Alonzo Pearl Washington (born January 6, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former college and professional basketball player from 1983-1986. ... William (Billy) Stansbury Thompson (born December 1, 1963 in Camden, New Jersey) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Thompson, a 6 7 small forward from the University of Louisville, was selected 19th overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...

Original Heat logo used from 1988–1999
Original Heat logo used from 1988–1999

To help address Miami's league-low point production, the Heat picked Glen Rice from the University of Michigan in the first round of the 1989 NBA Draft, and Sherman Douglas of Syracuse University in the 2nd round. The team also moved to the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference for the 1989–90 season, where they would remain for the next 15 years. However, the Heat continued to struggle and never won more than two consecutive games, en route to an 18–64 record. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, UM or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan. ... 1989 NBA Draft - 27 June 1989 - New York City, New York See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft First Round Second Round Miami Heat - Sherman Douglas, G, Syracuse Categories: 1989 in sports | NBA Draft ... Sherman Douglas (born September 15, 1966, in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) is a former professional basketball player from Syracuse University who played for the Miami Heat from 1989 to 1992. ... Crouse College, a 19th-century Romanesque building which houses the universitys visual arts and music programs Syracuse University (SU) is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York, United States the geographic center of the state, about 250 miles northwest of New York City. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ...


The 1989–90 season saw Miami awarded with the 3rd pick overall, only to parlay via two trades (first with the Denver Nuggets and later with the Houston Rockets) into getting the 9th and 12th picks, with which they selected Willie Burton of the University of Minnesota and Alec Kessler of the University of Georgia. Both picks flopped, as the Heat tried to turn Burton, a college small forward, into a shooting guard without much success and Kessler was bogged by injury problems and was not physical enough to be a quality NBA power forward. For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Willie Burton (born May 26, 1968 in Detriot, Michigan), is a former American professional basketball player who was selected by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (9th overall pick) in the 1990 NBA Draft from the University of Minnesota. ... This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ... Alec Christopher Kessler (born January 13, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. The 6 11 power forward/center from the University of Georgia was selected 12th in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets but his draft rights were immediately traded... The University of Georgia (UGA) is the largest institution of higher learning in the U.S. state of Georgia. ...


While Rice, Seikaly and Douglas all showed improvement from the previous year, Miami still only went 24–58 and remained in the Atlantic Division basement.


Rothstein would resign as head coach at the end of the season, but later would return to the Heat prior to the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach, a role he still fulfills today.


Loughery years

In the wake of Rothstein's resignation prior to the 1991–92 season, the Heat hired Kevin Loughery, who had 29 years of experience in the NBA both as a coach and a player, to be their new head coach. The 1991-92 NBA Season was the 46th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Kevin Michael Loughery (born March 28, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ...


For the 1991 NBA Draft, the team selected Steve Smith from Michigan State, an agile guard, to usher in a new era of a mature Heat team. With the help of rookie Smith, Rony Seikaly, and a more experienced Glen Rice, the Heat finished in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a 38–44 record and made the playoffs for the first time. Playing the league-best Chicago Bulls, the Heat were swept in three games. Steve Smith made the NBA All-Rookie team and Glen Rice finished 10th in the NBA in scoring. 1991 NBA Draft - 26 June 1991 - New York City, New York Darrell Armstrong (PG), Fayetteville State Categories: | | ... Steven (Steve) Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969, in Highland Park, Michigan) is a retired American National Basketball Association player. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... Ronald F. Seikaly (Arabic: ) is a retired Lebanese-American basketball player. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


The 1992-93 NBA season included the additions of draft choice Harold Miner of the University of Southern California as well as trading a 1st round pick (which would turn into the #10 overall pick the following season) for Detroit Pistons forward/center John Salley. The 1992-93 NBA season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Harold Miner was the greatest athlete of all time, easily surpassing the overrated Michael Jordan, from whom he got his Baby Jordan nickname. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... John Thomas Spider Salley (born May 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, actor and talk show host. ...


While Salley's addition was first met with hope because of the role that he played on two championship Pistons squads, it became quickly apparent that Salley was a quality role player for a good team, but not a quality player for a mediocre team like Miami was at the time. Salley would eventually have his playing time diminish, ultimately resulting in his being taken by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 expansion draft. As for the season itself, it started off poorly, with Smith missing time with a knee injury and Burton being lost for most of the year with a wrist injury. Upon Smith's return, Miami posted a winning record in February and March, but it was not enough to dig themselves out of the 13–27 hole they began in. They finished 36–46 and would not return to the playoffs. The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... An expansion draft, in professional sports, occurs when a sports league decides to create one or more new expansion teams or franchises. ...


A healthier squad fared better in 1993–94, posting the franchise's first-ever winning record at 42–40 and returning to the playoffs as the #8 seed versus the Atlanta Hawks. After Miami had a 2-1 series lead, Atlanta rallied from the deficit to win the best-of-5 series. After that season, Steve Smith would be selected as a member of the 2nd Dream Team, the collection of NBA All-Stars who were selected to compete in the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Toronto as Team USA. The 1993-94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Steven (Steve) Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969, in Highland Park, Michigan) is a retired American National Basketball Association player. ... The Dream Team was the unofficial nickname of the United States mens basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. ... Official logo The 1994 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Canada from August 4 to August 14, 1994. ...


Dream Team II, also made up of future Heat players Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Dan Majerle and Tim Hardaway, would go on to win the tournament. Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ...


In 1994–95, the team overhauled their roster, trading away Seikaly, Smith, and Grant Long. In return, the Heat obtained Kevin Willis and Billy Owens. The 1994-95 NBA season was the 49th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Grant Andrew Long (born March 12, 1966 in Wayne, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player. ... Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. He is a 7-foot power forward/center. ... Billy Eugene Owens (born May 1, 1969 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania) is a former professional basketball player. ...


Also, at this time came a power shift in Heat's front office. On February 13, 1995 Cunningham and Lew Schaffel were bought out by the Arison family of Carnival Cruise Lines fame, who to that point in time had been silent partners in the day-to-day operations of the franchise. Ted Arison's son, Micky Arison, was named Managing General Partner. He immediately fired Loughery and replaced him with Alvin Gentry on an interim basis to try and shake up the 17–29 Heat. Gentry went 15–21 for the remaining 36 games of the season for a 32–50 record overall, 10 games off the previous year's mark. Carnival Cruise Lines is a cruise line operating a large number of cruise ships. ... Micky Arison is the Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation, the worlds largest cruise operator, and owner of the NBAs Miami Heat. ... Alvin Gentry is a former American professional basketball coach, and college basketball player, who has led three different NBA teams. ...


Pat Riley's overhaul to success

Alonzo Mourning Era

From 1994 to 1997, the Miami Heat sought relocation plans in case the city of Miami resisted a standard facility for the team. Alternative cities were discussed: Las Vegas, Nevada, Memphis, Tennessee (now the home of the Memphis Grizzlies), St. Louis and San Diego. Just when the Miami Heat was struggling to win and stay put, a new era arrived to take them to a new decade of possibilities. For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... San Diego redirects here. ...


In the 1995 offseason, the Heat hired Pat Riley from the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers and the 1990s New York Knicks to be the team's new president and head coach after he resigned immediately following the 1994-1995 season. Riley dropped a bombshell the night before the season began, sending Glen Rice and Matt Geiger (among others) to the Hornets in exchange for All-Star center Alonzo Mourning. In a flurry of midseason deals, Riley acquired several players including Tim Hardaway, Chris Gatling and Walt Williams. The Heat finished with a winning record with Mourning among the league leaders in scoring and rebounding, but lost in the playoffs in a 3-game sweep against the 72–10 Bulls. For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Knicks redirects here. ... Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Matt Geiger (September 10, 1965 in Salem, MA) is a former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ... Chris Raymond Gatling (born September 3, 1967 in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player, having played in the NBA from 1991 to 2002. ... Walter Ander The Wizard Williams (born April 16, 1970 in Washington, DC) is a former professional basketball player. ...


The following season, the Heat made a 19-game improvement in the standings, winning their first-ever Atlantic Division title with a 61–21 record. Playing a key role were new additions Dan Majerle, P.J. Brown, Jamal Mashburn, and Voshon Lenard. They took out Riley's former team in seven games, rallying from a 3–1 series deficit, partly due to several Knicks players leaving the bench (leading to several suspensions) during a fight that occurred between P.J. Brown and Charlie Ward after Ward was body-slammed by the usually mild-mannered Brown, leading to a brawl. The Heat were however ousted from the playoffs in five games (after falling into a 3–0 series deficit) by the Bulls for the second consecutive year, this time in the Eastern Conference Finals. Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Collier P.J. Brown (born October 14, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at Louisiana Tech University, he was a second round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets in the 1992 NBA Draft, and has played for the Nets... Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Voshon Kelan Lenard (born May 14, 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player. ... Collier P.J. Brown (born October 14, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at Louisiana Tech University, he was a second round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets in the 1992 NBA Draft, and has played for the Nets... Charlie Ward (born October 12, 1970 in Thomasville, Georgia) is an American football, basketball, and baseball player. ...


The Heat celebrated their 10-year anniversary in the 1997–98 season and captured their second straight Atlantic Division title. However, in what would become a heated rivalry, the Heat lost in the first round against coach Riley's former team, the New York Knicks after Mourning would miss the deciding Game 5 via suspension after getting into a Game 4 altercation with Larry Johnson and with Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy hanging onto Mourning's leg in an attempt to intervene. The 1997-98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Knicks redirects here. ... For the American basketball player of the 1970s, see Larry Johnson (Buffalo Braves). ... Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, California) is an American basketball head coach, currently for the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets. ...


1998-99 was a lockout-shortened season, although Miami would have a conference-best 33-17 record to claim their first-ever #1 seed in the NBA Playoffs. In spite of their seeding, the Heat would lose to the Knicks again after Allan Houston hit a rim-bouncing game-winning jumper in Game 5 to decide the series. The Knicks would go on to play in the 1999 NBA Finals, losing to the San Antonio Spurs. The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... A lockout is a work stoppage in which an employer prevents employees from working. ... Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.) is a retired American professional basketball shooting guard, formerly the NBAs Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ...


As a result of their success on the court, the Heat moved into the American Airlines Arena in 1999, with seats for over 20,500 fans. The Heat again lost in a deciding Game 7 to the Knicks by a single point. The American Airlines Arena is an arena located in downtown Miami, Florida along Biscayne Bay and is used for basketball games and concerts. ...

Miami Heat alternate logo, 2000-present

During the summer of 2000, the Heat felt it finally needed a change. After losing out to the Orlando Magic to get Raptors swingman Tracy McGrady, Miami decided to trade P.J. Brown and Jamal Mashburn to the Charlotte Hornets (among others) in exchange for Eddie Jones, Anthony Mason and Ricky Davis. Miami also picked up Brian Grant to go along with the core of Mourning, Hardaway, Majerle, Bowen and Carter. The Heat was widely expected to be the favorites in the Eastern Conference until franchise-centerpiece Alonzo Mourning returned from the 2000 Olympics to announce he would miss the entire season due to a rare kidney disorder, known as focal glomerulosclerosis. Image File history File links Miami_Heat_alternate_logo_(2000-present). ... Image File history File links Miami_Heat_alternate_logo_(2000-present). ... Tracy Lamar McGrady, Jr. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Eddie Charles Jones (born October 20, 1971 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Dallas Mavericks. ... Sir Anthony Mason KBE AC, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. ... For the for US National Soccer Team and indoor soccer player, see Rick Davis. ... Brian Wade Grant (born March 5, 1972, in Columbus, Ohio) is a retired American basketball player. ...


The Heat missed Mourning for 69 games in 2000-01, yet found success with Anthony Mason, who was named to his first All-Star game as a reserve. Brian Grant, Eddie Jones and Tim Hardaway also played well for the Heat. Alonzo Mourning returned with 13 games remaining. He was a shell of his former, MVP-candidate self and Miami was swept by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round, the same team that Miami acquired Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason from the previous summer, and Alonzo Mourning in that same year. The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


The following two seasons were two of the darkest in Heat history. Pat Riley missed the playoffs for the first time in his coaching career, and much of the remaining core from the division-title winning Heat teams of the late 1990s departed (Tim Hardaway, Bruce Bowen and Dan Majerle). For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ... Bruce Bowen Jr. ...


Miami rounded out its 2001-02 season roster with players well past their prime such as Rod Strickland, Chris Gatling, Jim Jackson, LaPhonso Ellis and Kendall Gill to along with Mourning, Jones, Grant and Carter, whom the Heat signed to a controversial three-year deal that many said was far too much for the young guard. And to acquire Gatling, Riley and the Heat traded away Ricky Davis, a young, promising player. The trade drew a lot of criticism at the time. The Heat also signed two young, undrafted players in Malik Allen and Mike James to make up for not having a first-round pick in the draft. Miami also signed Vladimir Stepania to back up Alonzo Mourning at center. The aging, veteran team narrowly missed out on the playoffs, despite having a losing record. The 2001-02 NBA season is the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Rod Strickland (born July 11, 1966, in the Bronx, New York) is a professional basketball player most notably in the NBA. A native of South Bronx, who played for the nationally known New York Gauchos, while a junior he led Truman High School in the Co-Op city section of... Chris Raymond Gatling (born September 3, 1967 in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player, having played in the NBA from 1991 to 2002. ... Jim Jackson (born October 14, 1970 in Toledo, Ohio) is a professional basketball player with the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. ... LaPhonso Darnell Ellis (born May 5, 1970 in East St. ... Kendall Cedric Gill (born May 25, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) starred as a basketball player at three different levels in the state of Illinois. ... Malik Allen (born June 27, 1978 in Willingboro, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the New Jersey Nets of the NBA. Allen was undrafted after a college career at Villanova University, and began his career with the Miami Heat. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Vladimir Stepania (born August 5, 1976 in Georgia) is a professional basketball player. ...


Unlike the 2001-02 season, Miami began to rebuild in 2002-03. The Heat drafted Caron Butler in the first round and Rasual Butler in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft. Miami supposedly missed out on potentially selecting Yao Ming by one ping-pong ball during the draft lottery[citation needed]. Alonzo Mourning missed the entire season due to his condition worsening and Eddie Jones also missed a huge portion of the season with an ankle injury. Miami signed Travis Best to be the starting point guard. The Heat was led by Caron Butler and many of the youthful players that have filled out the Heat's roster since 2000 including Eddie House, Carter, Stepania, Allen and James. James Caron Butler, known as Caron Butler (pronounced Kuh-RONN) (born March 13, 1980, in Racine, Wisconsin), is an American professional basketball player, currently starting at small forward for the NBAs Washington Wizards. ... Rasual Butler (born May 23, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA. He was raised in South Philadelphia in the Point Breeze area, one of the toughest sections of the city, notorious for crime. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... Travis Eric Best (born 12 July 1972 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at Georgia Institute of Technology, he was drafted 23rd overall in the 1995 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. ...


2003-04 season: Van Gundy, Wade join Heat

Alonzo Mourning's huge contract expired the following summer, giving the Heat some much-needed cap relief to rebuild. However, Miami was still a few million dollars away from signing a max contract. On July 1, 2003, Miami was expecting to hear from Bill Duffy, agent for Anthony Carter, who was expected to make $4.1 million the upcoming season provided he exercise his option. Duffy's agency never informed the team and Miami was free from the contract. In addition, the season earlier, forward LaPhonso Ellis honorably rescinded a clause in his contract which would have forced the Heat to pay Ellis the following season, a burden the Heat could not afford to deal with in the rebuilding process.


With the cap space, Miami signed forward Lamar Odom and guard T.j. Moncrieffe. Riley and the Heat also opted to draft Dwyane Wade out of Marquette University with the 5th overall pick instead of signing a large-scale free agent point guard such as Gilbert Arenas. The pick was somewhat surprising at the time, since it was expected the Miami would draft a true point guard rather than the shooting guard Wade. Miami also signed Udonis Haslem out of the University of Florida, who went undrafted a season earlier and had spent the previous season playing overseas in France. Odom, Alston, Haslem and Wade teamed up with Grant, Jones, Allen and both Butlers to form one of the most surprising teams of the season. Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979, in South Jamaica, Queens, New York) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays power forward (also plays both forward spots and is a point-forward) for the National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Lakers. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr. ... Udonis Johneal Haslem (born June 9, 1980 in Miami, Florida) is a professional basketball player currently with the Miami Heat of the NBA. For the 2005-2006 season, he is listed as 6 ft 8 in and 235 lb. ... The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ...


A few days before the start of the 2003-04 season, Pat Riley shocked the basketball world when he stepped down as head coach to focus more on his role as team president and promoted longtime assistant coach Stan Van Gundy to the head coaching position. The team was expected to be among the league's worst by NBA prognosticators. After dealing with early injury problems to Odom, Wade and both Butlers, the team quickly gelled and formed what most members of that team consider to be the most fun season of their careers. The Heat newcomers brought youth and energy to the team. Wade broke several rookie records while other Heat players, such as Odom, revived their careers. Wade began to catch the eye of scouts and fans across the league, especially during the playoffs where Wade led the Heat in toppling the New Orleans Hornets(which had relocated from Charlotte at the end of the 2001-2002 season), the same team that swept the Heat into rebuilding mode just three seasons prior. Miami lost to the Indiana Pacers 4–2 in the conference semifinals. The Pacers had finished with the best record in the league and saw the Heat give Indiana a tougher series than expected. The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Stan Van Gundy, the brother of Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, is an American basketball coach in the NBA. From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


The Shaquille O'Neal/Dwyane Wade Era

After the promising 2003-04 season, Miami again took major steps forward. The Heat acquired superstar center Shaquille O'Neal on July 14, 2004 in a historic trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in which Miami shipped Lamar Odom, Caron Butler and Brian Grant out west. Dwyane Wade and O'Neal worked well as a pair and each solidified their position as NBA elites with both averaging over 20 points per game. The season also reunited several former club members. Ron Rothstein, the Heat's inaugural head coach, became an assistant coach and both Steve Smith and Alonzo Mourning rejoined the team as role players. Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... James Caron Butler, known as Caron Butler (pronounced Kuh-RONN) (born March 13, 1980, in Racine, Wisconsin), is an American professional basketball player, currently starting at small forward for the NBAs Washington Wizards. ... Brian Wade Grant (born March 5, 1972, in Columbus, Ohio) is a retired American basketball player. ...


The Heat had its second best record in franchise history: 59–23. They were seeded first in the playoffs, and swept through the first two rounds by winning eight consecutive games against New Jersey and Washington and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals against defending champion Detroit. The teams split the first four games before Miami pushed the Pistons to the brink of elimination with an easy 88-76 victory in Game 5, but in the process lost Dwyane Wade to a strained rib muscle suffered in an attempt to take a charge against Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace. Without Wade, the Heat were routed 91–66 in Game 6 at Detroit, setting up a deciding Game 7 in Miami. In that game, Wade returned, and the Heat held a 6-point lead with 3 minutes remaining before a series of missed shots and turnovers down the stretch cost the Heat the game and the series to the Detroit Pistons, 4–3 in their 88-82 Game 7 loss . Wade apparently struggled to breathe throughout the game due to the rib injury, forcing the Heat's star to play in a limited capacity, although he remarkably managed to score 20 points. The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ...


In the offseason, the Heat were drastically retooled. In what is considered to be the largest trade in NBA history, in a 5-team, 13-player transaction the Heat traded away Eddie Jones, Rasual Butler and Qyntel Woods and in exchange received former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker, Jason Williams, and James Posey. Miami also signed future Hall of Fame guard Gary Payton, former UCLA star Jason Kapono in addition to first round pick and NCAA All American Wayne Simien. Free agent Damon Jones opted for a bigger contract offered by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Critics were quick to debate whether a reformed Heat team would have chemistry issues and whether or not the team was too old (O'Neal, Mourning and Payton were all in their mid-thirties) or had too many underacheivers (Walker had a reputation of miserable shot selection, and Williams, one of turnover-prone playmaking). After an 11–10 start and with O'Neal hurt, these critics seemed to be proven right. Rasual Butler (born May 23, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA. He was raised in South Philadelphia in the Point Breeze area, one of the toughest sections of the city, notorious for crime. ... Qyntel Deon Woods (born February 16, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American professional basketball player currently with Greek club Olympiacos. ... Antoine Devon Walker (born August 12, 1976, in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is a Chinese-American professional basketball player with the National Basketball Associations Minnesota Timberwolves, his fifth team since his NBA career started in 1996. ... Jason Williams is the name of several basketball players of note aswell as a rugby league player: Jason Chandler Williams (also known as White Chocolate) is currently a point guard for the NBA Miami Heat. ... James Mikely Mantell Posey, Jr. ... Damon Darron Jones (born August 25, 1976 in Galveston, Texas), nicknamed DJ, is an American professional basketball player currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ...


Pat Riley became coach of the Heat for the second time on December 12, 2005, after Van Gundy stepped down due to personal and family reasons. The team went on to win its first three games under Riley until losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cleveland loss encouraged the Heat to finish up the month of December strong. They concluded the month with 4 wins and 2 losses. The Heat though were still criticized, however, for being unable to beat the top caliber teams of the NBA. This criticism though would just grow more and more on the Heat come the month of January. Although they finished the month of January with 10 wins and 5 losses, they still could not beat the top tier teams. They suffered a loss to Detroit in late January, and in February were blown out by Phoenix twice, lost to the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, and were decimated by their eventual NBA Finals opponents in Dallas. The months of February and March were very successful for the Heat, including a stretch of 15 wins in 16 games which began with a crucial victory over the Eastern Conference powerhouse Detroit Pistons. Dwyane Wade was electric and Shaquille O'Neal stepped up his game up in a tremendous fashion, helping the Heat resurge and finish with a 52–30 record, earning the second seed in the Eastern Conference. In the 2006-2007 season, Shaquille played just a few games for the Heat before going down with an injury. He came back against the Indiana Pacers on January 24, 2007 and has been playing since. is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ...


2006 Playoffs

Earning the second seed in the 2006 playoffs, the Miami Heat drew the seventh seed Chicago Bulls as their first round opponent. The Heat won the first two games of the series at home, despite Udonis Haslem being ejected in the first game and suspended in the second for throwing his mouthpiece in the area of the referee. The team lost games three and four in Chicago, but bounced back to win game five at home. After winning game six in Chicago, the Heat eliminated the Bulls from the playoffs and went on to face the New Jersey Nets in the second round. The Heat lost Game 1 at home, 100-88, but then swept the Nets out of the playoffs for the second year in a row taking Game 5 at home 106–105. The Heat subsequently advanced to their second Eastern Conference Finals in as many years. The Heat opened up the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals in Detroit by facing the Pistons in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals, in which the top seeded Heat lost Game 7 in a heartbreaker. They immediately stole home court advantage by winning Game 1. Miami lost the second game 92–88 after trailing by eighteen at one point, but never surrendered home court advantage. They went home and won both Game 3 (98–83) and a decisive Game 4 (89–78) at home. The Detroit Pistons then won Game 5 in The Palace of Auburn Hills 91–78, but the Heat answered back, winning game 6 (95–78) and with it the series (4–2) in Miami. The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The NHL Conference Finals occur in the third round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ...


2006 NBA Finals and Championship

Main article: 2006 NBA Finals

After defeating the Detroit Pistons, the Heat advanced to their first NBA Finals in franchise history against the Dallas Mavericks. For the Mavericks, like the Heat, this was also their first NBA Finals appearance. The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


The Heat were outplayed by the Mavericks in the first two games in Dallas, with the second game being an embarrassing blowout. Things looked worse in Game 3 when the Heat faced a 13-point gap in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter, with Dallas looking to take a 3–0 lead in the series. Led by Dwyane Wade, who single handedly dismantled the Mavericks after falling 0-2 by leading the Heat to a 98-96 comeback in game 3 and after that he never looked back, the Heat were able to make an incredible comeback victory to salvage the series. Similar success came in Game 4, when the Miami Heat once again beat the Mavericks with a combined team effort. The Miami Heat were able to establish their ability to play under pressure in Game 5, which went into overtime. Nevertheless, the effort of Wade with his 43 points, including the game tying basket and clutch overtime free throws, propelled the Heat to within one victory of their first championship in franchise history. Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ...


The third consecutive victory at home placed the Heat in the rare company of home teams who have swept the middle three games since the NBA switched to the 2–3–2 format for the finals in 1985. The only team to have previously accomplished that feat were the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals.


On June 20, Game 6, the Heat took the NBA title in Dallas, winning the series four games to two. In winning the series, the Heat became only the third team in NBA history to win the final series after being down 0–2, following the 1969 Boston Celtics and the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers. The Heat overcame a miserable start with a 14-point gap to wear down the Mavericks, and lead by one point (49–48) at the halftime horn. Again, Wade played a vital role, powering the Heat to a late lead. He was helped by an impressive five blocks by Alonzo Mourning (the Heat had over 10 team blocks in the game even though they were averaging a little over 2 blocks in the series) and clutch shooting by James Posey, who drained a crucial three which put the Heat ahead by six with 3 minutes to go. Surprisingly, the Mavericks were down only three with a few seconds to go after a pair of missed free-throws by Dwyane Wade. However, Dallas would be put to rest after Wade captured the rebound, fittingly ending the game by tossing the ball in the air after a missed three-point shot attempt by Jason Terry. Wade would go on to win the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... Jason Eugene Terry (born September 15, 1977 in Seattle, Washington) is an American professional basketball player currently playing with the Dallas Mavericks. ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ...

Shaquille O'Neal, Pat Riley and the Heat meeting President George W. Bush after their Championship win.

The championship proved all the more poignant for Miami's veteran superstars Alonzo Mourning, Gary Payton, and Antoine Walker who had never before won an NBA championship. Mourning and Payton both re-signed with the Heat for the 2006-07 season, wanting to win another championship. The championship marked the seventh win for Coach Pat Riley (fifth as a head coach), and fourth title to Shaquille O'Neal, both of whom fulfilled their promise to the citizens of Miami in 1995 (when Riley first came to Miami and said he "envisioned a parade on Biscayne Boulevard") and in July 2004 (when Shaq first came to Miami and vowed to "bring the title home"). Shaq also promised after the win to win the NBA championship again in 2007, if and only if Dwyane Wade were present and healthy for the ride through the playoffs. Image File history File linksMetadata Heatwhitehouse. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Heatwhitehouse. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Antoine Devon Walker (born August 12, 1976, in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is a Chinese-American professional basketball player with the National Basketball Associations Minnesota Timberwolves, his fifth team since his NBA career started in 1996. ...


2006-07 Season: Early Exit

The Heat got off to a poor start in the 2007 season, losing to the Chicago Bulls by 42 points (66-108), the worst home loss in team history and worst margin of defeat for a defending champion on opening day in NBA history. Shaquille O'Neal played the first few games for the Heat then missed over thirty games with a right knee injury. Key members of the Heat's championship run last season, particularly Antoine Walker and Gary Payton, were fortunately finding themselves on the bench more often at the expense of the Heat's exciting young duo of Jason Kapono and Dorell Wright. Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Jason Alan Kapono (born February 4, 1981 in Long Beach, California) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA, currently with the Toronto Raptors. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The first half of the Heat's season was full of misfortune. Coach Riley took an indefinite leave, Dwyane Wade briefly injured his right wrist, and James Posey and Antoine Walker were delisted after failing a body mass exam. Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... James Mikely Mantell Posey, Jr. ... Antoine Devon Walker (born August 12, 1976, in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is a Chinese-American professional basketball player with the National Basketball Associations Minnesota Timberwolves, his fifth team since his NBA career started in 1996. ...


Matters improved. Rothstein, the Heat's original head coach, returned on an interim basis. Both Posey and Walker were reinstated. Former Heat star Eddie Jones re-signed with the team after being released by the Memphis Grizzlies. O'Neal returned to play in January. Riley resumed his duties as head coach at the start of the second half of the season. Eddie Charles Jones (born October 20, 1971 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Dallas Mavericks. ... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ...


Unfortunately, on February 21, in a game against the Houston Rockets, Wade dislocated his left shoulder and had to leave in a wheelchair. Shortly after the injury, Wade announced that he would opt for rehabilitation instead of surgery, with the hope of returning to the lineup for the playoffs. The rehab was successful enough that Wade returned to the Heat on April 9, 2007, for a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Wade was visibly rusty, and said that he didn't have his "legs back yet."


After Wade's injury, many predicted the Heat would fail even to make the playoffs. Those predictions were quickly dismissed as the Heat surged, winning 11 out of 14 games at one point. In that time, Miami posted a nine-game winning streak (defeating such teams as the Pistons, Wizards, Bulls and Jazz), in addition to extending a home winning streak to 14. Shaquille O'Neal was a primary cause for the Heat's resurgence, playing his best basketball of the season and serving as a focal point of the offense. Having a roster chock full of veterans and former All-Stars also had a notable benefit in dealing with the loss of Dwyane Wade. Miami was able to post a 16-7 record without its star guard and, in the process, the Heat were able to win a third consecutive Southeast Division title. Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Shortly after Wade returned, Shaquille O' Neal's grandfather had died, causing him to miss two games. Additionally, Udonis Haslem and Gary Payton were bit by the injury bug; Haslem with a groin aggravation and Payton with a calf injury that will sideline him for two to three weeks. The Heat finished the regular season with a 44-38 record and faced the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs, to whom they lost 4-0 in the best of seven series. Miami Heat became the first defending champion since 1957 to get swept in the first round in the following season. It was also the first four-game playoff series sweep suffered in Miami Heat history. The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Wade/Marion Era (2008-)

2007-07 Season: Shaq departs

After a disappointing 2006-07 season, the Heat look to move forward. Miami retained the 20th and 39th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. On June 28, 2007, the Miami Heat selected Colorado State forward Jason Smith with the 20th overall selection then traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers for the draft rights to 21st overall selection, guard Daequan Cook from Ohio State and cash considerations. With the 39th overall selection, the Miami Heat drafted Stanko Barac, a center from Bosnia, but later traded his rights to the Indiana Pacers for a future second round pick. The Heat lost Jason Kapono to the Toronto Raptors and James Posey to the Boston Celtics. The Heat got a much-needed point guard when they picked up Tony Parker from free agency and signed him to a 3-year deal and veteran guard Tim Hardaway reuniting the Shaq-Tim duo. Hardaway was later waived in December. Also in the 2007 Offseason, the Miami Heat made a 5 player trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, bringing back Ricky Williams and James Blount. Leaving the Heat was Antoine Walker, Wayne Simien, Michael Doleac, and a conditional 1st round pick. Davis was on the Heat in August 2000 but fell out of favor with Riley. Davis is now seen as a more polished scorer and the third option the Heat need to compliment Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal. This article is about the French basketball player. ... Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ...


On Tuesday, February 5th, 2008, ESPN reported that the Heat were interested in trading center Shaquille O'Neal, contrary to reports by Pat Riley one month earlier that the Heat was not interested in trading the 13 time all-star. The next day however, the Heat agreed to trade O'Neal to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, effectively ending the Wade-Shaq era. The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player. ... Arthur Lemarcus Banks III (born November 19, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada), commonly known as Marcus Banks, is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. Banks is 62 (188 cm) tall and 200 lb (90 kg). ...


As of March 9, 2008 the Heat still own the worst record in the NBA at 11-51 with the Minnesota Timberwolves 3.0 games ahead at 14-48. Despite the recent losing trend the Heat are facing, they have re-committed themselves to rebuild and turn the franchise around and are projected by many to have a busy 2008 offseason due to the fact that they may have plenty of free salary cap room with the departure of O'Neal and now that they are looking towards the future and to build around superstar Dwyane Wade. Pat Riley recently announced that he may miss a few games because he would like to go watch and scout some NCAA basketball conference tournament games, to prepare in the likely event that the heat receive the number 1 pick in the 2008 draft. It was announced on March 10, 2008, that Heat guard Dwyane Wade would be inactive for the rest of the season to help him rehabilitate his ailing knee and shoulder that he has re-aggravated, in hopes of starting in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. It was also been announced on March 10 that the Heat has finally waived guard Tony Parker, opening the opportunity to add a player signed to a 10-day contract. Parker has not seen action in a Heat uniform and has been in Pat Riley's "doghouse" since the first few games of the 07-08 season after he got into a dispute and altercation with a Valet Parking attendant who accused him of not paying the parking fee, Miami Police are still looking into the matter.


Uniforms

These are the Miami Heat uniforms worn since the 1999-00 season. The alternate red jersey was introduced during the 2001-02 NBA season and is the unofficial Heat road uniform during the NBA Playoffs. They are also the only team in the NBA to have the NBA logo on the left shoulder instread of the right. The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2001-02 NBA season is the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ...


Season-by-season records

Main article: Miami Heat seasons

Home arenas

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Players of note

Rafer Jamel Alston, a. ... Collier P.J. Brown (born October 14, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at Louisiana Tech University, he was a second round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets in the 1992 NBA Draft, and has played for the Nets... Willie Burton (born May 26, 1968 in Detriot, Michigan), is a former American professional basketball player who was selected by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (9th overall pick) in the 1990 NBA Draft from the University of Minnesota. ... James Caron Butler, known as Caron Butler (pronounced Kuh-RONN) (born March 13, 1980, in Racine, Wisconsin), is an American professional basketball player, currently starting at small forward for the NBAs Washington Wizards. ... Sherman Douglas (born September 15, 1966, in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) is a former professional basketball player from Syracuse University who played for the Miami Heat from 1989 to 1992. ... Kevin Durell Edwards (born October 30, 1965, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (20th overall pick) of the 1988 NBA Draft. ... LaPhonso Darnell Ellis (born May 5, 1970 in East St. ... Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ... Scott Hastings (b. ... There are several noteworthy people named Eddie Jones: Eddie Jones, a basketball player. ... Harold Miner was the greatest athlete of all time, easily surpassing the overrated Michael Jordan, from whom he got his Baby Jordan nickname. ... Edward L. House (born May 14, 1978 in Berkely, California) is a professional basketball player currently with the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player. ... Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979, in South Jamaica, Queens, New York) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays power forward (also plays both forward spots and is a point-forward) for the National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Lakers. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ... John Thomas Spider Salley (born May 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, actor and talk show host. ... Ronald F. Seikaly (Arabic: ) is a retired Lebanese-American basketball player. ... Rory Darnell Sparrow (born June 12, 1958 in Suffolk, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. He played collegiately at Villanova University. ... Steven (Steve) Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969, in Highland Park, Michigan) is a retired American National Basketball Association player. ... Jon Thomas Sundvold (born July 2, 1961 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft. ... William (Billy) Stansbury Thompson (born December 1, 1963 in Camden, New Jersey) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Thompson, a 6 7 small forward from the University of Louisville, was selected 19th overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... Antoine Devon Walker (born August 12, 1976, in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is a Chinese-American professional basketball player with the National Basketball Associations Minnesota Timberwolves, his fifth team since his NBA career started in 1996. ... Jason Williams is the name of several basketball players of note aswell as a rugby league player: Jason Chandler Williams (also known as White Chocolate) is currently a point guard for the NBA Miami Heat. ... Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. He is a 7-foot power forward/center. ...

Coaches

Head Coaches
Coach Seasons active
Ron Rothstein 1988/89–1990/91; 2007 (Interim during Riley's 6-week leave of absence)
Kevin Loughery 1991/92–1994/95
Alvin Gentry 1995
Pat Riley 1995/96–2002/03
Stan Van Gundy 2003/04–2005
Pat Riley 2005/06–present

Ron Rothstein is a former American professional basketball coach and college basketball palyer, who has led two different NBA teams. ... Kevin Michael Loughery (born March 28, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... Alvin Gentry is a former American professional basketball coach, and college basketball player, who has led three different NBA teams. ... For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ... Stan Van Gundy, the brother of Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, is an American basketball coach in the NBA. From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat. ... For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ...

Current roster

Miami Heat roster
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Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
C 50 Flag of Canada Anthony, Joel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 260 lb (118 kg) UNLV
G 5 Flag of the United States Banks, Marcus 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) UNLV
C 30 Flag of the United States Barron, Earl 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Memphis
C 15 Flag of the United States Blount, Mark 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Pittsburgh
G/F 31 Flag of the United States Davis, Ricky 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Iowa
PF 40 Flag of the United States Haslem, Udonis  Injured (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Florida
F 13 Flag of the United States Johnson, Alexander 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Florida State
G/F 21 Flag of the United States Jones, Bobby 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Washington
F 7 Flag of the United States Marion, Shawn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 228 lb (103 kg) UNLV
C 33 Flag of the United States Mourning, Alonzo  Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 261 lb (118 kg) Georgetown
PG 11 Flag of the United States Quinn, Chris 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Notre Dame
G 3 Flag of the United States Wade, Dwyane  Injured 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Marquette
PG 55 Flag of the United States Williams, Jason 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Florida
G/F 1 Flag of the United States Wright, Dorell  Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Leuzinger HS (CA)*
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • Injured Injured

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Further information:
Miami Heat all-time roster
The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Miami Heat NBA franchise. ...


High points

Franchise Leaders

Individual Awards

NBA Defensive Player of the Year The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ...

NBA Most Improved Player Award Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... The NBA Most Improved Player Award is the annual award presented at seasons end to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has made the most noticeable improvement from the previous season or seasons. ...

NBA Finals MVP Ronald F. Seikaly (Arabic: ) is a retired Lebanese-American basketball player. ... Isaac Ike Austin (b. ... The National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the player who has exhibited exceptional play during an NBA Finals series. ...

NBA Coach of the Year Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ...

All-NBA First Team For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

All-NBA Second Team Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

All-NBA Third Team Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

NBA All-Defensive First Team Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ...

NBA All-Defensive Second Team Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ...

Collier P.J. Brown (born October 14, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at Louisiana Tech University, he was a second round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets in the 1992 NBA Draft, and has played for the Nets... Bruce Bowen Jr. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ...

References

See also

  • Knicks-Heat rivalry
  • Bulls-Heat rivalry

The Knicks-Heat rivalry is a rivalry between two professional basketball teams, the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, of the National Basketball Association. ... The Bulls-Heat rivalry began once the Miami Heat became playoff contenders during the 1990s, a decade dominated by the Chicago Bulls. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • Miami Heat forum,
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The Jupiter Hammerheads are a minor league baseball team based in Jupiter, Florida. ... The Palm Beach Cardinals are a minor league baseball team based in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA. The team, which plays in the Florida State League, is the High-A affiliate of the St. ... The Gulf Coast League is a minor league baseball league which operates in Florida. ... The Gulf Coast Marlins are the Rookie minor league club of the Florida Marlins. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Florida_highlighting_South_Florida. ... This article is about the sport. ... NBA redirects here. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... NFL redirects here. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. 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Miami redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Established 27 March 1911 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Jim Naugle Area [1]  - City 36. ... Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Established 1960 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Frank C. Ortis Area  - Total 89. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Broward Established 28 November 1925 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Mara Giulianti Area  - City  30. ... Location within Broward and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Incorporated (city) July 10, 1963 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Scott J. Brook  - City Manager Michael S. Levinson Area [1]  - Total 23. ... Nickname: Location in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida. ... For other uses, see Miramar. ... Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ... Nickname: Location of Pompano Beach in Broward County, state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Incorporated (city) 6 June 1908 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Lamar Fisher  - City Manager Garland Chadwell Area [1]  - City  22. ... Sunrise is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. ... Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Palm Beach Founded 1925 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Steven L. Abrams Area  - City  29. ... Plantation is a city in Broward County, Florida in the United States. ... Davie is a town located in Broward County, Florida, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 75,720. ... Kendall is a census-designated place and an unincorporated suburban community in Miami-Dade County, Florida, on the edge of the Florida Everglades. ... Deerfield Beach is a city located in Broward County, Florida, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 64,583. ... Boynton Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. ... The Delray School, built in 1913, now houses the Cornell Museum, part of Old School Square in Delray Beach. ... ]]Location of Weston, Broward County, Florida]] Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Incorporated (city) 1996 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Eric M. Hersh  - City Manager John R. Flint Area [1]  - City 26. ... Fountainbleau is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Lauderhill is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... Location of Tamarac in Broward County in State of Florida Tamarac is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. ... North Miami is a city located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Kendale Lakes is a census-designated place (CDP) in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. ... Wellington is a village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. ... Location of Margate, Broward County, Florida Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Broward Incorporated (town) May 1955 Incorporated (city) 22 June 1961 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor David McLean  - City Manager Francis J. Porcella Area [1]  - City  8. ... Tamiami is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Jupiter Lighthouse. ... Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ... Belle Glade is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida on the southeastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. ... Boca Del Mar is a census-designated place located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... Brownsville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Location of Coconut Creek in Broward County in State of Florida Coconut Creek is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Broward Founded 1959 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Debby Eisinger Area  - City  6. ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Miami-Dade Government  - Mayor Don Slesnick Area  - City 96. ... Coral Terrace is an unincorporated suburban community and census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Country Club is a census-designated place and an unincorporated suburban community located in northwest Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Country Walk is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Dania Beach is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. ... Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ... Gladeview is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Glenvar Heights is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Greenacres is a city located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... A picture of Hallandale Beach at sunset. ... Hamptons at Boca Raton is a census-designated place located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Miami-Dade Established 1913 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Roscoe Warren Area  - City  14. ... Ives Estates is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... West Kendall is a census-designated place and an unincorporated suburban community located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Miami-Dade Established 1991 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Bob Oldakowski Area  - Village 3. ... Kings Point is a census-designated place located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... Location of Lake Worth, in Palm Beach County, Florida Lake Worth is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, named after a lake who takes its name from General William J. Worth, who led U.S. forces during the Second Seminole War. ... Lake Worth Corridor is a census-designated place located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... Location of Lauderdale Lakes in Broward County in State of Florida Lauderdale Lakes is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. ... Leisure City is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Lighthouse Point is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... Miami Lakes is a former census-designated place and incorporated town located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Miami Springs is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... North Lauderdale is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... The Village of North Palm Beach North Palm Beach is a village located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... Oakland Park is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... Olympia Heights is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Opa-locka City Hall Photo: Marc Averette Opa-locka is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. ... Ojus is a census-designated place and formerly incorporated town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. ... Palm Beach Gardens is a city located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... Palmetto Bay is a incorporated village located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Palm Springs is a village located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... Palmetto Estates is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Location of Parkland in Broward County in State of Florida Parkland is a city in Broward County, Florida where zoning laws are designed to protect the parklike character of the city. ... External link: Official Municipal Government site Pinecrest is a village located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Pinewood is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Princeton is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Richmond West is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... A Riviera Beach sign Riviera Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, U.S.A. which was incorporated September 29, 1922. ... Royal Palm Beach is a village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. ... Sandalfoot Cove is a census-designated place located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... South Miami is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... South Miami Heights is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Established 1997 Government  - Type Manager-Commission  - Mayor Norman S. Edelcup Area  - Total 1. ... Sunset is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... The Crossings is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... The Hammocks is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... University Park is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, so named because it houses the main campus of Florida International University. ... Vero Beach has been the Spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1948. ... West Little River is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Westchester is an unincorporated suburban community and census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... West Park is a city in Broward County, Florida. ... Westwood Lakes is a census-designated place located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Wilton Manors is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... For the animal species by this name, see Florida Panther. ... , Destinations with direct service from Miami Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA, ICAO: KMIA, FAA LID: MIA) is a public airport located eight miles (13 km) northwest of the central business district of Miami, in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. ... Miami-Dade County (formerly known as Dade County and many times referred to as simply Miami) is a county located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida. ... Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (IATA airport code TMB, ICAO airport code KTMB) is a general aviation airport located 13 miles or 21km southwest of Miami, Florida. ... Miami-Dade County (formerly known as Dade County and many times referred to as simply Miami) is a county located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida. ... Opa-Locka Airport (IATA: OPF, ICAO: KOPF) is a general aviation airport located in Opa-Locka, Florida and 12 miles northwest of Miami, Florida. ... Miami-Dade County (formerly known as Dade County and many times referred to as simply Miami) is a county located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida. ... Opa-Locka Airport (IATA: OPF, ICAO: KOPF) is a general aviation airport located in Opa-Locka, Florida and 12 miles northwest of Miami, Florida. ... Miami-Dade County (formerly known as Dade County and many times referred to as simply Miami) is a county located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida. ... , FAA diagram of FLL FLL redirects here. ... Broward County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (ICAO code KFXE) is a general aviation airport located within the city limits of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 5 miles from downtown. ... Broward County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Broward County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Palm Beach County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Boca Raton Airport (IATA: BCT, ICAO: KBCT) is a general aviation airport located in the City of Boca Raton, Florida. ... Palm Beach County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Palm Beach County Park Airport (IATA: LNA, ICAO: KLNA) is a general aviation airport located in Lantana, Florida, 6 miles south of West Palm Beach, Florida. ... Palm Beach County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Palm Beach County is a county located in the state of Florida. ...

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A list of cities under 10,000 is available here.
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