Miami Heat


Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2011–12 Miami Heat season
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Conference Eastern Conference
Division Southeast Division
Founded 1988
History Miami Heat
(1988–present)
Arena American Airlines Arena
City Miami, Florida
Team colors Black, Deep Red, White, Orange,
                   
Owner(s) Micky Arison
General manager Pat Riley
Head coach Erik Spoelstra
D-League affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce
Championships 1 (2006)
Conference titles 2 (2006, 2011)
Division titles 8 (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011)
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The Miami Heat is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. The team is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play their home games at American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami. The team is owned by Micky Arison, coached by Erik Spoelstra and managed by Basketball Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley.

The Heat were formed in 1988 as an expansion franchise along with the Charlotte Hornets. The Heat along with the Orlando Magic are the two NBA franchises that represent the state of Florida. Since entering the league, Miami has fielded squads that have made the playoffs 15 out of 23 seasons, captured eight division titles and won the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks 4–2. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2010 the value of the franchise was $425 million.[1]

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Franchise History

1987-1990: Birth of the Heat

In Florida, a state devoid of NBA franchises, groups from Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg and Miami all vied to land franchises. 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.

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.[2] At the survey for the choice of the name, Miami Heat defeated Miami Vice, the famous detective show set among the palms of South Beach.

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, including a blowout 138-91, to Magic Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers, at the time 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 (tied for worst season in franchise history).

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.

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.

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.

1991-1995: Mediocrity years

Glen Rice played six seasons with the Heat from 1989 to 1995.

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.

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 even with a shocking defeat against the Cleveland Cavaliers 148-80. and made the playoffs for the first time in their history, becoming the first of the four late 80's expansion teams to do so. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Also, at this time came a changing of ownership 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, in that season the Heat got their best win of franchise history when they beat the Los Angeles Clippers 126-83.

1995-2002: Arrival of Pat Riley and Alonzo Mourning

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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.

The following season, the Heat were the NBA's biggest surprise, and the league's most improved team, made a 19-game improvement in the standings, winning their first-ever Atlantic Division title with a 61–21 record, failing to score even a streak of 11 straight wins. 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 led by Michael Jordan for the second consecutive year, this time in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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.

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 led by Patrick Ewing again after Allan Houston hit a rim-bouncing game-winning jumper in Game 5 to decide the series. The Cinderella story Knicks would go on to play in the 1999 NBA Finals, losing to the San Antonio Spurs.

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.

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 were 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.

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 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).

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 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 at 36-46.

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. The Heat finished 25-57 to end the 2002-2003 season as Riley stepped down as head coach and the team finished 7th in the Atlantic Division.

2003-2004: Arrival of Dwyane Wade, Van Gundy steps in

Dwyane Wade was drafted fifth overall by the Heat in 2003.

Alonzo Mourning's huge contract expired the following summer, giving the Heat some much-needed cap room to rebuild. However, Miami was still a few million dollars away from signing a max contract player. 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 exercised 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.[citation needed]

With the cap space, Miami signed forward Lamar Odom and guard Rafer Alston. Riley and the Heat also opted to draft Dwyane Wade out of Marquette University with the 5th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft 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 that 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.

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.[citation needed] After dealing with early injury problems to Odom, Wade and both Butlers, the team quickly jelled 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 went on to lose to the Indiana Pacers 4–2 in a competitive conference semifinal series.

2004–2007: Wade–Shaq duo, Riley returns for a Ring

Shaquille O'Neal was acquired in a summer blockbuster involving Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, and Brian Grant.

After the promising 2003–04 season, Miami again took major steps forward to becoming a championship caliber franchise again. 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, Riley also tried to sign Karl Malone, but he decided to retire. 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, Steve Smith rejoined the club and Alonzo Mourning was re-signed after being released from the Toronto Raptors following the Vince Carter trade in December.

The Heat had its second best record in franchise history: 59–23. They also had a streak of 14 consecutive victories, currently a franchise record. 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 decimated 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 that ultimately cost the Heat the game and a 1st ever trip to the finals in the gut wrenching 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.

In the offseason, the Heat were drastically retooled. In what was 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 and 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 underachievers (Walker had a reputation of miserable shot selection, and Williams, one of turnover-prone playmaking). After an 11–10 start, O'Neal already hurt, and the fate of the season hanging in the balance these critics seemed to have been proven right.

Then on December 12, 2005 Pat Riley announced that he would become coach of the Heat for the second time, after Van Gundy unexpectedly stepped down due to personal and family reasons. The team responded and 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 and into February. Although they finished January with 10 wins and 5 losses, there was still and some would argue proof that they could not beat the best in the NBA. They had already lost to the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs twice, twice to the Phoenix Suns, and were decimated in a nationally televised broadcast by 36 points to their eventual NBA Finals opponents the Dallas Mavericks 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 comeback victory over the Perennial 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, good enough for a 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Their record was respectable but was viewed as somewhat underachieved compared to the 2004-2005 59 win and 1st place playoff seeded season.

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 for the second for throwing his mouthpiece in the direction of the referee. The team lost games three and four in Chicago but bounced back to win game five at home. By 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 won the next four to oust the Nets from 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, facing the Pistons in a rematch of the previous year's Eastern Conference Finals, in which the top-seeded Heat lost Game 7 in heartbreaking fashion. The Heat immediately stole home court advantage by winning Game 1. Although Miami lost the second game 92–88 (despite a near comeback after trailing by eighteen at one point), they maintained home court advantage. Home for the next two games, they won both Game 3 (98–83) and Game 4 (89–78) to take a 3–1 series lead. The Detroit Pistons then won Game 5 in The Palace of Auburn Hills, but the Heat answered back by winning Game 6 and advanced to their first NBA Finals in franchise history against Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks. For the Mavericks, this was also their first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.

The Heat were outplayed by the Mavericks in the first two games in Dallas, with the second game being an embarrassing blowout. Dwyane Wade led the Heat to an incredible comeback to win Game 3. The Heat once again beat the Mavericks with a combined team effort in Game 4 and were able to establish their ability to play under pressure in Game 5, which went into overtime. They went on to win Game 6 in Dallas, winning their first NBA championship in franchise history. 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 led 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 cold-blooded three pointer 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 Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.

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, Jason Williams, 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 loudly proclaimed during the championship parade that they would win the NBA championship again in 2007, later clarifying this promise applied if and only if Dwyane Wade were present and healthy for the ride through the playoffs.

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 finding themselves on the bench more often at the expense of the Heat's questionable, at best, duo of Jason Kapono and Dorell Wright.

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. Matters improved for the team. 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.

After thinking everything was going to turn around for the Heat, 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.[weasel words] Having a roster 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.

Shortly after Wade returned, 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 sidelined him for 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.

2007–2008: Shaq Departs, Worst Record in the NBA

Michael Beasley was the Heat's highest ever draft pick (2nd overall) in the 2008 NBA Draft.

After a disappointing 2006–07 season, the Heat looked to move forward. Miami retained the 20th and 39th picks 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 the 21st overall selection, guard Daequan Cook from Ohio State, and cash considerations. With the 39th overall selection, the Miami Heat drafted Stanko Barać, 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 Smush Parker from free agency and signed him to a three-year deal. They also signed veteran guard Penny Hardaway, reuniting the Shaq-Penny duo from the Orlando Magic teams of the mid-90s. Hardaway was later waived in December. Also in the 2007 off-season, the Miami Heat made a five-player trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, bringing back Ricky Davis and Mark Blount. Leaving the Heat were Antoine Walker, Wayne Simien, Michael Doleac, and a conditional first-round pick. Davis was on the Heat in August 2000 but fell out of favor with Riley. When the trade occurred he became a more polished scorer and was projected to have been a third option for the Heat to complement Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, had the circumstances of the season turned out differently.

On December 19, 2007, during the first quarter of the game versus the Atlanta Hawks while getting back on a fast-break, Alonzo Mourning tore the patellar tendon in his right knee[2] and was required to undergo season-ending knee surgery. On February 5, 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-O'Neal era.

The Heat clinched the worst record in the NBA at 15–67 (.183). Late in the season, with the Heat well out of any type of realistic playoff contention, head coach Pat Riley missed two games because he went to scout certain NCAA basketball conference tournament games, to prepare in the likely event that the Heat received the number 1 or 2 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 had re-aggravated, in hopes of playing in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. It was announced on March 10 that the Heat waived guard Smush Parker, opening the opportunity to add a player signed to a 10-day contract. On March 12, 2008, they signed Bobby Jones to a 10-day contract, looking for help at the shooting guard and small forward positions. At the end of March 2008, the Heat posted the third-lowest point total in the history of the NBA during the shot clock era during a 96–54 loss to the Toronto Raptors on March 19, followed by a new record for the fewest made baskets with seventeen, in another lost game against the Boston Celtics on March 30.[3] The Heat finished the season on a positive note on April 16 to close out the season with a 113–99 victory over the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks.[4] On April 28, 2008, Pat Riley stepped down as the head coach of the Heat but remained Team President. He replaced himself with longtime assistant coach Erik Spoelstra, who at 37, became the youngest head coach in the NBA. Riley finished his career with 1,210 victories, third all-time behind Lenny Wilkens and Don Nelson.

2008–2010: Rebuilding

On May 20, 2008, the Heat obtained the number 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft as a result of the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery. They were expected to select power forward Michael Beasley or guard O. J. Mayo. Immediately following the draft lottery, Pat Riley suggested the team would listen to any trade offers for the second overall pick. However, he did stress the right offer would have to be made in order for the Heat to even consider such a trade (e.g., the Kevin Garnett trade to Boston from the 2007 offseason).

On June 26, 2008, the Bulls selected Rose as expected, leaving the Heat to select Beasley. In the second round, with the 52nd overall pick, the Heat chose Kansas forward Darnell Jackson. Somewhat unexpectedly, it was announced that the Heat agreed to trade the lesser two of their three 2009 second-round draft picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the draft rights of talented Kansas guard Mario Chalmers, who helped lead Kansas to the NCAA championship, including making a three-point shot that sent the game to overtime. It was also later announced that Darnell Jackson's draft rights were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for the lesser of their two second-round picks in 2009.

In early July, the free agent period began and with limited cap space the Heat signed local James Jones as the team's three-point specialist. Along with the acquisition of Yakhouba Diawara and Jamaal Magloire the Heat added depth and experience to their roster. On September 29, 2008, Randy Pfund stepped down as General Manager, elevating Pat Riley to that position. Four days later, the Miami Heat signed point guard Shaun Livingston, a former L.A Clipper. On November 5, 2008, 2nd-round draft pick and rookie Mario Chalmers of the Heat set a new franchise record of 9 steals in the game against the Philadelphia 76ers. That exceeded the old record set by Tim Hardaway for the most steals by a rookie in the Heat's 21 year history.

On February 13, 2009, the Heat traded Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Toronto Raptors for center Jermaine O'Neal and forward Jamario Moon. Miami had been rumored to be pursuing O'Neal, as well as Amar'e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer. The trade was meant to address the team's lack of a low post presence. On April 3, 2009, the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Heat became the first team since the 1968-69 San Diego Rockets to go from 15 wins to the playoffs in one year (finished 43-39). They were eliminated in seven games by the fourth seed Atlanta Hawks in the first round. However, Dwyane Wade led the league in scoring with 30.2 points per game, becoming the first franchise player to do so.

The Heat started the 2009-10 season by going 7-1 through their first 8 games, but were inconsistent the rest of the way, and were at 35-34 through the first 69 games. On January 5, 2010, the Heat traded Chris Quinn to the New Jersey Nets for a 2012 second draft pick which allowed the team to sign recently released guard Rafer Alston. The team picked up the pace late, going 12-1 in the final 13 games to earn the 5th seed in the East, finishing 47-35 and making an improvement for the second consecutive season. The Heat lost in five games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Boston Celtics. The Heat finished the season ranking 15th in the NBA in total attendance with 726,935.[5]

2010–present: The Big Three: James, Wade, and Bosh era

The Miami Heat entered NBA Free Agency in 2010 with nearly $46 million in salary cap space, with the ability to re-sign free agent Dwyane Wade, and add two of the NBA's top players, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. On July 7, 2010, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh agreed to terms with the Miami Heat. Then on July 8, 2010, LeBron James held an hour-long special to announce his decision on ESPN to commit to playing with the Heat.[6] Later that evening, the Heat announced the trade of Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a pair of second round picks and cash considerations.[7] On July 8, 2010, it became official that NBA superstars and gold medal winning Beijing Olympic teammates LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would be joining Miami. The Heat completed sign-and-trade deals, sending a total of four future first-round and two second-round picks to the Cavaliers and Raptors for James and Bosh (both signing 6 years and $110.1 million contracts). Dwyane Wade re-signed with the Heat for $107.59 million for six years. [8][9][10] The three made their debut at the 2010 Summer Heat Welcome Party at the American Airlines Arena on July 9, where they were introduced as The Three Kings by Heat play-by-play announcer and event co-host Eric Reid.[11] Howard Beck of The New York Times described the national fan reaction to the party: "Everyone saw something: greatness, arrogance, self-indulgence, boldness, cowardice, pride, friendship, collusion, joy, cynicism, heroes, mercenaries."[12]

The Miami Heat began the regular season with much hype going into their first game against the Eastern Conference Champs, the Boston Celtics. Many considered the Miami Heat as the team to break the single season record of 72 regular season victories set by the Chicago Bulls.[13] On the opening game of the season, broadcast on the TNT Network and featuring the debut of reigning two-time NBA MVP James in a Miami uniform alongside Chris Bosh, the game was the most-watched NBA contest ever on cable television.[14]

The Heat lost the opening game 88-80 and got off to a 9-8 start. Much of the speculation was that Spoelstra could lose his job and that Heat president Pat Riley would return as coach, especially after a well publicized incident when James "bumped" into Spoelstra during a timeout against the Dallas Mavericks.[15]

On January 27, 2011, via fan voting, LeBron James (forward) and Dwyane Wade (guard) were selected to be starters for the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Game becoming the second pair of teammates to be selected as All-Star starters in franchise history (Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade; 2006 and 2007). A few days later, forward Chris Bosh was selected as a reserve, marking the first time in Heat history the team has sent three players to the All-Star game in a single season.

The 2011 Heat finished with a 58-24 record, third best in team history and a second overall seed, behind the Chicago Bulls who had the NBA's best record. In the NBA Playoffs, Miami defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the First Round, Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and Chicago Bulls in the Conference Finals, all in 5 games. The Heat lost the 2011 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks in six games where Dwyane Wade averaged 26.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, the highest scorer on the team.

Season-by-season records

Rivalries

vs. New York Knicks

The rivalry between the New York Knicks and the expansion Miami Heat was a result of their history-making brutally physical four consecutive playoff series from 1997 to 2000. Each series went to the maximum number of games. The rivalry was heightened by a feud sparking between Pat Riley initially the coach of the Knicks from 1991 to 1995, and head coach of the Miami Heat from 1996–2003, 2005–2008 and Riley's successor Knick's head coach Jeff Van Gundy, a faithful servant of Riley's in New York. Jeff's brother Stan Van Gundy was an assistant for the legendary Pat Riley in Miami. The first two years were marked by physical violence during the series, with suspensions to players that ultimately determined the outcome. The Heat-Knicks rivalry is also part of the larger cultural rivalry between Miami and New York,

In recent years, this once bitter rivalry has greatly softened, with the recent struggles of the Knicks franchise and the turnover of the Miami Heat to a new crop of players. Ever since the re-alignment of divisions with the addition of the expansion Charlotte Bobcats, the Miami Heat have been moved to the newly created Southeast Division, in which they have dominated due to the addition of Shaquille O'Neal (from a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 offseason) and the emergence of Dwyane Wade. However, in its prime this rivalry was bitter and marked by players on both teams giving their best efforts in every game. Both teams were almost evenly matched every time they played. During the 2010-11 season the rivalry has seemed to have been reignited with the re-emergence of the Knicks since the arrival of Amar'e Stoudemire in New York and their midseason acquisition of Carmelo Anthony.

The Miami Heat have played the Knicks more times (118) than any other team in franchise history. The Heat are 39-55 (11-13 in the postseason) against the New York Knicks, averaging 93.7 points per game against them and allowing 96.4 (Miami has averaged 83.4 points per game while New York has averaged 84.6 points per game in the postseason, with only one team eclipsing the century mark during a postseason game, which was by Miami in their only series win against the Knicks in 1997).[16][17]

vs. Chicago Bulls

The rivalry with the Bulls began once the Miami Heat became playoff contenders during the 1990s, a decade dominated by the Chicago Bulls and the advent of the Michael Jordan era. During that period, the Heat would be eliminated three times by the Bulls, who would go on to win the NBA championship each time. The Heat were able to take home a moment of glory when they smashed the Bulls 99-72 in January 1998.

After Jordan left the Bulls and the Heat's fall in the early 2000s, the rivalry cooled but seemed to pick up when the Heat faced them in the 2005-06 NBA playoffs, which ended in a 4-2 Heat series victory, however the Bulls returned the favor the next season sweeping the reigning champion team in the first round.

The rivalry has intensified in the 2010-11 season due to the return of the Bulls as a #1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference with NBA MVP Derrick Rose alongside Luol Deng in the post-Michael Jordan era. Furthermore, the Heat were a #2 seed coming off their emergence of superstar Dwyane Wade (who turned down a chance of joining his hometown Bulls) with newly acquired superstars in Chris Bosh and LeBron James (who spurned a chance of teaming up with Rose and Boozer in Chicago). Both teams then met in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, with the Heat winning 4-1.

The Miami Heat have played the second most amount of their games against the Bulls in franchise history (110) and are 37-47 (9-17 in the postseason) against the Chicago Bulls, averaging 94.8 points per game against them and allowing 96.5 in the regular season (90.5 points per game and 97.5 points per game allowed in postseason play). The rivalry has always been physical involving rough play and hard fouls.

vs. Orlando Magic

The Miami Heat have had an in-state rivalry against the Orlando Magic since their entrance into the NBA in the late to early nineties. They are the only NBA franchises in the state of Florida. The two were battling for an expansion franchise back when it was believed only one team would be granted to Florida. Orlando boasts Atlantic Division championships in 1995 and 1996; Miami claimed division titles in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. While battling in the Southeast Division, Orlando and Miami claim the only division championships (Magic: 2008, 2009, 2010; Heat: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011). The Heat and Magic have only met once in the NBA playoffs, back in the 1996-1997 season during the first round with the Atlantic Division leading Heat taking the series 3-2. In 2000, the Heat got their largest win against inter-state rival Magic when they win for 105-79, at that time Pat Riley won his 1000th game in career. The rivalry reemerged during the mid-later 2000s with the rise of Dwyane Wade and the Magic's Dwight Howard. Now with the new Big 3 in Miami (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh), there is more animosity between the two teams than ever.

Players

For the complete list of Miami Heat players see: Miami Heat all-time roster.
For the players drafted by the Miami Heat, see: Miami Heat draft history.

Current roster

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Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (Y–M–D) From
C 50 Anthony, Joel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1982–08–09 UNLV
G 0 Bibby, Mike (FA) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1978–05–13 Arizona
F 1 Bosh, Chris 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1984–03–24 Georgia Tech
G 15 Chalmers, Mario 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1986–05–19 Kansas
G 30 Cole, Norris (DP) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1988–10–13 Cleveland State
F 40 Haslem, Udonis (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1980–06–09 Florida
G 55 House, Eddie (FA) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1978–05–14 Arizona State
F 5 Howard, Juwan (FA) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 1973–02–07 Michigan
F 6 James, LeBron (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1984–12–30 St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (OH)
F 22 Jones, James (FA) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1980–10–04 Miami (Fla.)
C 21 Magloire, Jamaal 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1978–05–21 Kentucky
F 13 Miller, Mike 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1980–02–19 Florida
C 45 Pittman, Dexter 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 290 lb (132 kg) 1988–03–02 Texas
G 3 Wade, Dwyane (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1982–01–17 Marquette
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured
  • * High school

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Last transaction: 2011–06–29

Notable players

  • Chris Bosh (2010–present) — Bosh joined the Miami Heat along with fellow Redeem Team teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
  • Tim Hardaway (1996–2001) — Hardaway led the Heat to some of the franchise's best seasons and is their all-time leader in three point field goals (806). His jersey #10 was retired at American Airlines Arena on October 28, 2009.
  • Udonis Haslem (2003–present) — Haslem was signed as an undrafted rookie in 2003 and has acted as the team's primary power forward and sixth man throughout his tenure. Haslem is third in games played, fourth in minutes played, third in total rebounds, eighth in points, and ninth in steals all-time in Heat history. He took a massive paycut to remain with his hometown team following the franchise's 2010 offseason overhaul of "The Heatles".
  • LeBron James (2010–present) — Two-Time MVP James famously announced his "Decision" to take his talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat along with fellow members of the 2003 Draft Class Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. In 2011, he became the first Heat player in history to have a triple-double in the NBA All-Star Game and second player all time (Michael Jordan).
  • Jamal Mashburn (1997–2000) — Mashburn was a key member of the Heat's four consecutive Atlantic Division championship teams.
  • Alonzo Mourning (1995–2001, 2004–2008) — Mourning is the holder of several franchise records, including games (538), rebounds (4807), and blocks (1625). His 9459 points were the most in franchise history until Dwyane Wade passed him on March 14, 2009. Mourning made five all-star games as member of the team and won two Defensive Player of The Year awards (1999, 2000).
  • Shaquille O'Neal (2004–2008) — O'Neal was a key figure to the Heat's consecutive runs to the Conference Finals in 2005 and 2006 with a championship run in the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Glen Rice (1989–1995) — After averaging 13.6 points per game his rookie season Rice averaged more than 20 ppg for his remaining five seasons in Miami. The team made two trips to the playoffs during Rice's tenure. Rice was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in the deal that brought Alonzo Mourning to the Heat. Rice currently holds the single-game team record for points scored (56 vs. ORL on April 15, 1995).
  • Rony Seikaly (1988–1994) - Was selected ninth as the franchise's first ever draft pick. Set numerous first records for the Heat. Named Most Improved Player in 1990, the Heat's first ever NBA individual or team award.
  • Dwyane Wade (2003–present) — Picked fifth overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, Wade has been an All-Star since 2004. The Heat won their first NBA Championship in his third pro campaign and Wade was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP as he led the Heat to a 4–2 series win over the Dallas Mavericks. He is the Heat's all-time leader with over 13,000 points and over 3,000 assists.

Basketball Hall of Famers

Pat Riley: Inducted in 2008

Retired and honored numbers

The Heat have retired three numbers, although only two of the players played for the franchise. Pat Riley retired Michael Jordan's signature #23 before his final game in Miami during the 2002–03 season as a tribute to his career.[18] Miami retired Alonzo Mourning's #33 during a halftime ceremony on March 30, 2009.[19] On October 28, 2009, Tim Hardaway's #10 jersey[20] was retired during the Heat's 2009-2010 season opener vs. the New York Knicks.

During the 2005–06 season the organization honored Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino's #13 in respect of his contributions to the Miami Dolphins.[21] However, several Heat players (e.g., Luther Head, Alexander Johnson, and currently Mike Miller) have since worn #13.[22]

Retired numbers:[22]

Honored numbers:

Home arenas

  • Miami Arena (1988–1999)
  • AmericanAirlines Arena (1999–present)

Head coaches and general managers

Pat Riley coached the Heat to the NBA championship in the 2006 NBA Finals.

There have been six head coaches for the Heat franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Ron Rothstein, who served for three seasons with the Heat. Pat Riley, having coached the Heat for eleven seasons, is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (849), the most regular-season game wins (454), the most playoff games coached (50), and the most playoff-game wins (26); Stan Van Gundy is the franchise's all-time leader for the highest winning percentage in the regular season (.605). Riley is the only Heat head coach to be named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history,[23] to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, having won it in the 1996–97 season,[24] to have won the NBA championship with the Miami Heat (2006),[25] and to have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach, having been elected into the Hall of Fame in 2008.[26] Erik Spoelstra is the only Heat head coach to have spent his entire NBA coaching career with the Heat, and has been the head coach of the Heat since 2008.[27] The Heat's general manager were Lewis Schaffel (1988-1995), Dave Wohl (1995-1996), Randy Pfund (1996-2008) and Pat Riley named NBA Executive of the Year in 2011.

Uniforms

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The original Miami Heat uniforms consist of simple striping, exclusive only on the right side of the jersey and shorts. The home uniforms were white with lettering in red, black and orange trim, while the away uniforms were black with red, white and orange trim; the numbers were white with red, black and orange trim. The original 'flaming ball' logo is on the left leg of the shorts while the word 'Miami' is on the right leg. In the 1995-96 NBA season the Heat introduced a red alternate uniform with lettering and numbers in black, white and orange trim.

The current Heat uniforms have been in use since the 1999–2000 season. These uniforms, though similar, have marked differences such as striping on both sides, change from orange to yellow trim, updated lettering and block numbers, and a modified 'flaming ball' logo on the right leg. The black away uniform numbers are now consistent with the lettering colors (white with red trim). The alternate red uniform was introduced during the 2001–02 NBA season, and features the city name and numbers in white with black trim. They were also the only team in the NBA to have the NBA logo on the right shoulder instead of the left, until the introduction of the Adidas Revolution 30 uniforms in 2010 which regulated all teams to have the NBA logo on the left shoulder. In the 2009-10 season, the red alternates were tweaked to include the "MH" secondary logo on the left leg; the 'MH' was also added on the beltline for the away and home uniforms, the 'flaming ball' logo was also moved to the left leg. Similar to the Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic, the Heat had a dress code that prohibits players from wearing headbands on the court. Since then, however, the Heat have allowed the use of headbands, beginning with Jermaine O'Neal in 2009 and continued with the additions of LeBron James, Eddie House and Erick Dampier.

Since the 2008 season, the Heat participated in the NBA's Noche Latina promotions. In commemorating the occasion, they use their black away uniforms, but with the wordmark "El Heat".

Franchise Accomplishments and Awards

Franchise Leaders

Career Leaders
Category Player Statistics
Games Played Alonzo Mourning 593
Rebounds Alonzo Mourning 4807
Assists Dwyane Wade 3472
Steals Dwyane Wade 973
Blocks Alonzo Mourning 1625
Field Goals Dwyane Wade 4876
Field Goal Percentage Shaquille O'Neal 59.6 %
3-Pt Field Goals Tim Hardaway 806
3-Pt Field Goal Percentage Jason Kapono 49.0 %
Free Throws Dwyane Wade 3,847
Free Throw Percentage Jason Williams 88.3 %
Points Per Game Dwyane Wade 30.2
Rebounds Per Game Rony Seikaly 10.4
Assists Per Game Sherman Douglas 7.9
Steals Per Game Dwyane Wade 1.8
Blocks Per Game Alonzo Mourning 2.7
Triple Doubles LeBron James 5 (one in playoffs)
Personal Fouls Alonzo Mourning 1,960
Turnovers Dwyane Wade 1,986
Season Leaders
Category Player Statistics Season
Minutes Played Anthony Mason 3254 2000–2001
Points Per Game Dwyane Wade 30.2 2008–2009
Rebounds Per Game Rony Seikaly 11.8 1991–1992
Assists Per Game Tim Hardaway 8.6 1996–1997
Steals Per Game Dwyane Wade 2.2 2008–2009
Blocks Per Game Alonzo Mourning 3.9 1998–1999
Triple Doubles LeBron James 4 2010–2011
Points Dwyane Wade 2386 2008–2009
Rebounds Rony Seikaly 934 1991–1992
Assists Tim Hardaway 695 1996–1997
Steals Dwyane Wade 173 2008–2009
Blocks Alonzo Mourning 294 1999–2000
Field Goals Dwyane Wade 854 2008–2009
Field Goal Percentage Shaquille O'Neal 60.1% 2004–2005
3-Pt Field Goals Damon Jones 225 2004–2005
3-Pt Field Goal Percentage Jon Sundvold 52.2 % 1988–1989
Free Throws Dwyane Wade 629 2005–2006
Free Throw Percentage Glen Rice 88.0 % 1993–1994
Personal Fouls Grant Long 337 1988–1989
Turnovers Dwyane Wade 321 2004–2005

All numbers as of April 13th, 2011

Single Game Records (Regular Season)
Category Player Statistics Date
Points Glen Rice 56 April 15, 1995
Minutes Played Glen Rice 59 November 20, 1992
Rebounds Rony Seikaly 34 March 3, 1993
Assists Tim Hardaway 19 April 19, 1996
Steals Mario Chalmers 9 November 5, 2008
Blocks Alonzo Mourning 9 November 28, 2005
Field Goals Made Glen Rice 20 April 15, 1995
3-Pt Field Goals Brian Shaw 10 April 8, 1993
Free Throws Dwyane Wade 23 February 1, 2007
Turnovers Dwyane Wade 12 February 1, 2007
Single Game Records (Playoffs)
Category Player Statistics Date
Points Dwyane Wade 46 April 25, 2010
Minutes Played LeBron James 50:17 May 9, 2011
Rebounds Shaquille O'Neal 20 May 4, 2006
Assists Dwyane Wade 15 May 10, 2005
Steals Mario Chalmers 5 May 1, 2009
Blocks Alonzo Mourning 9 April 22, 2000
Field Goals Made Dwyane Wade 15 May 25, 2005
3-Pt Field Goals Damon Jones 7 April 24, 2005
Free Throws Dwyane Wade 21 June 18, 2006
Turnovers Dwyane Wade 9 May 26, 2011

Individual Awards

NBA Finals MVP

NBA All-Star Game MVP

NBA Scoring Champion

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

NBA Most Improved Player Award

Best NBA Player ESPY Award

NBA Coach of the Year

NBA Executive of the Year

All-NBA First Team

All-NBA Second Team

All-NBA Third Team

NBA All-Defensive First Team

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

NBA All-Rookie First Team

NBA All-Rookie Second Team

NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Champion

NBA All-Star Three-point Shootout Champion

NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Champion

NBA All-Star selections

Player of the Week*

# Player Date
1 Seikaly, RonyRony Seikaly 01990-03-11 March 11, 1990
2 Seikaly, RonyRony Seikaly 01993-03-07 March 7, 1993
3 Rice, GlenGlen Rice 01993-11-28 November 28, 1993
4 Gatling, ChrisChris Gatling 01996-03-24 March 24, 1996
5 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway 01996-12-29 December 29, 1996
6 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning 01997-02-16 February 16, 1997
7 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning 01998-03-29 March 29, 1998
8 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning 01999-03-14 March 14, 1999
9 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning 01999-12-13 December 13, 1999
10 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning 02000-04-10 April 10, 2000
11 Jones, EddieEddie Jones 02002-01-07 January 7, 2002
12 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02004-02-22 February 22, 2004
13 Odom, LamarLamar Odom 02004-03-07 March 7, 2004
14 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02004-11-07 November 7, 2004
15 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal 02004-12-19 December 19, 2004
16 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02005-12-04 December 4, 2005
17 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02006-01-01 January 1, 2006
18 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02007-01-14 January 14, 2007
19 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02007-02-04 February 4, 2007
20 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02007-02-11 February 11, 2007
21 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02008-11-24 November 24, 2008
22 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02008-12-08 December 8, 2008
23 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02009-03-09 March 9, 2009
24 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02010-03-08 March 8, 2010
25 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02010-03-29 March 29, 2010
26 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02010-12-13 December 13, 2010
27 James, LeBronLeBron James 02010-12-27 December 27, 2010
28 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02011-01-03 January 3, 2011
29 James, LeBronLeBron James 02011-01-10 January 10, 2011
30 James, LeBronLeBron James 02011-01-31 January 31, 2011
31 James, LeBronLeBron James 02011-02-07 February 7, 2011
32 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02011-03-14 March 14, 2011
33 James, LeBronLeBron James 02011-03-21 March 21, 2011

Conference Player of the Month*

# Player Date
1 Rice, GlenGlen Rice 01992-04 April 1992
2 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning 01999-12 December 1999
3 Odom, LamarLamar Odom 02004-03 March 2004
4 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02004-12 December 2004
5 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal 02005-03 March 2005
6 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02006-02 February 2006
7 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02008-12 December 2008
8 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02009-02 February 2009
9 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 02010-03 March 2010
10 James, LeBronLeBron James 02010-12 December 2010
11 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade
12 James, LeBronLeBron James 02011-01 January 2011
13 James, LeBronLeBron James 02011-04 April 2011

Rookie of the Month

USA Olympians

*Note: Beginning with the 2001–02 season the NBA began selecting a Player of the Week, Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month in both the Eastern and Western Conference. Beginning with the 2002–03 season the NBA began selecting a Coach of the Month in both the Eastern and Western Conference. Prior to selecting a winner in each conference a single winner for the entire league was selected for each of the aforementioned awards.

Radio and television

The flagship radio stations of the Miami HEAT are WAXY (790 AM) in English,[28] with Mike Inglis and John Crotty calling games, and WQBA (1140 AM) in Spanish, with Jose Paneda and Joe Pujala on the call.

The Heat games are televised primary by Sun Sports with Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino. Previously, WBFS-TV, WFOR-TV, and WAMI-TV have all aired some games. Games are occasionally televised by TNT, ESPN, or ABC.

From 1988–1993, the HEAT were on WQAM. WINZ previously aired games from 1993–1996 and WIOD did from 1996–2008.

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