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Representing South Beach in the NBA since 1988, the Miami Heat are a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference. The league championship banners grace the rafters at American Airlines Arena, each calling to mind epic squads that were able to make it all the way.
Still a fairly young franchise, Miami is been an attractive destination, and as such has ended up with some talented players to their credit. Some big names for this team over the years include Tim Hardaway, Udonis Haslem, Glen Rice, Rony Seikaly, Grant Long, and Eddie Jones.
Their first NBA Championship came against the Dallas Mavericks in 2006. Winning the series four games to two, the Miami Heat were loaded with talent on their roster including hall of famers in Shaquille O’Neal and Alonzo Mourning. A young star back in 2006, Dwayne Wade won the MVP of the series.
In one of the most memorable moments in NBA history, LeBron James announced in a live television special in July of 2010 that he would be taking his talents to South Beach. The megastar of basketball would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with the Heat. His impact was felt immediately on the court. In fact, the Miami Heat reached the NBA Finals every year he was on the team. They added additional championship banners to the rafters in 2012 and 2013.
James, along with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, comprised the “Big Three” in Miami. A scoring machine, the Miami Heat dominated the Eastern Conference and cruised through the playoffs. 2014 saw James head back to Cleveland (where he would bring them a championship in 2016). Longtime Heat player Dwayne Wade would depart for Chicago in 2016, but would return to Miami mid-season in 2018 via a trade. Medical issues put an end to Chris Bosh’s career, but there is talk of a return to the court.
Head Coach Erik Spoelstra has his hands full with the current team. Led by Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside, the Miami Heat are definitely in the midst of a rebuild. Young players in Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson are working to better themselves and the team. Struggling through the season, the Heat have fallen a long way but are determined to defy the odds and will themselves back into a championship contender. There is a lot of optimism in Miami as this group looks towards the future. Learn more about the Miami Heat by clicking here.