In Florida, a state at the time without an NBA franchise, 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 Fame Billy Cunningham and former sports agent and lifelong friend of Cunningham’s Lewis Schaffel, who received their financial backing from Carnival Cruise ...
NBA Finals – 2006 The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005 – 2006 National Basketball Association season. The Miami Heat won the title in six games over the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the third team after the 1969 Celtics and the 1977 Trail Blazers to win a championship after trailing 0–2 in the series. Heat guard Dwyane ...
The Big Three were a trio of professional basketball players for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from the 2010–11 NBA season to the 2013–14 NBA season. The “Big Three” consisted of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. All three of those players were selected within the first five picks of the 2003 NBA draft. James ...
NBA Finals – 2012 The 2012 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2011 – 2012 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the conclusion of the season’s playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat defeated the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to 1 to win their second NBA title. Heat forward LeBron James was ...
NBA Finals – 2013 The 2013 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2012 – 2013 NBA season and the conclusion of the season’s playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat defeated the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs to win their second straight title. The Finals began with Game 1 on June 6 and ended with Game 7 ...
On July 11, 2014, LeBron James announced he had decided to return to Cleveland leaving Wade and Bosh to continue on without him. Much like the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2010 off-season, the Heat focused on how it would maintain and remain a top contender without LeBron James. However, rather than firing key members and rebuilding, the Heat kept much ...
The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team based in Miami. The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. They play their home games at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. The team owner is Micky Arison, who also owns cruise-ship giant Carnival Corporation. The team president and de facto general manager is Pat Riley, and the head coach is Erik Spoelstra. The mascot of the team is Burnie, an anthropomorphic fireball.
Formed in 1988 as an expansion team, the Heat have won three league championships (in 2006, 2012 and 2013), five conference titles and 11 division titles. From February 3 to March 27, 2013, the Heat won 27 games in a row, the third-longest streak in NBA history (after the 2015 – 2016 Golden State Warriors’ 28 wins and the 1971 – 1972 Los Angeles Lakers’ 33 wins). In 2016, Forbes valued the Heat at $1.3 billion as the tenth most valuable among NBA franchises.
1988 - Present / National Basketball Association
1988 – Present / Miami Heat
Heat – In October 1986, the owners of Miami’s expansion franchise choose Stephanie Freed’s Heat submission from more than 20,000 entries, which also included Sharks, Tornadoes, Beaches, and Barracudas.
NBA Championships 3
2013, 2012, 2006
2000 – Present / American Airlines Arena
1988 – 2000 / Miami Arena
1988 – Present / Micky Arison
To qualify as a greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
1 / Chris Bosh
3 / Dwyane Wade
10 / Tim Hardaway
23 / Michael Jordan
32 / Shaquille O’Neal
33 / Alonzo Mourning
*Blue is this team’s history