The Miami Heat is a professional basketball team playing under the National Basketball Association (NBA). They are the members of the Southeast division of the Eastern conference. The team was founded in the year 1987 but played their first game in 1988. The team is based in Miami, Florida, United States. Currently the owner of the team is Micky Arison and Erik Spoelstra is the head coach. Miami Heat along with three other teams the Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic debuted in the 1989-90 season. Ronny Rothstein was the first head coach of the team.
The Heat started off the season by loosing its first 17 games, an NBA record. At the end of the season the team finished with 15-67 win-loss record. In the 1997-98 season the team was successful to achieve their second Atlantic division title.
In the year 2004 the Heat acquired superstar center Shaquille O’Neal on July 14, in a historic trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in which Miami traded Lamar Odom, Caron Butler and Brian Grant to the 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 to play a important role in supporting the team.
They finished the season with a 59-23 record. It was Heat’s second best record in franchise history. With the likes O’Neal the team was seeded first at the playoffs of the Eastern Conference. They played against the Detroit pistons in the finals where they lost in a decider in game 7.
In 2006 the Miami Heat defeated the defending champions Detroit Pistons and went on to play the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals. In the first two games played in Dallas the Mavericks outplayed the Heat. In the third game in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter the heat had to face a 13 point gap and the condition looked worse. Just when it seemed that the Mavericks would take a 3-0 lead in the series the Heat led by Dwyane Wade finished the third game at a score of 98-96. After this game Wade did not look back and the Heat made an unbelievable comeback triumph to save the series. In the fourth game also the Heat was able to defeat the Mavericks by a team effort. In the fifth game the Heat displayed their capacity to play under pressure and this game went to overtime. Wade showed an excellent display of 43 points which was inclusive of the clutch overtime free throws and the game tying basket.
The American Airlines Arena is the place where the Miami Heat plays all their home games. The arena has a maximum capacity of 19,600. Known players like Shaquille O’Neal, Shawn Marion, Marcus Bank and the outstanding Dywane Wade have all been a part of the team.
During the 2007-08 season O’Neal was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion. It was one of the most disappointing seasons of any team in the NBA history. The Heat won only 15 games in the entire season.
- 7 Division titles
- 1 conference title (2006)
- 1 NBA championship title (2006)