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 ...
History of the Heat
The Miami Heat is one of the most successful National Basketball Association (NBA) teams. The team was founded in 1988 and has since become a powerhouse franchise. Over their history, they have won three NBA championships, four conference titles, and nine division titles. The Heat is also well known for their rivalry with fellow Eastern Conference powerhouses such as the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.
The core of the Miami Heat's success has been built around its star players throughout history. Some of these include Dwyane Wade, who led them to two championships during his time with them; Alonzo Mourning; Shaquille O'Neal; Chris Bosh; LeBron James, who helped bring home another championship victory in the 2012-13 season alongside Wade and Bosh forming what became known as “the big 3”; and Jimmy Butler more recently leading them back to Playoff contention after missing out on making it for several years prior due to injuries or other issues among crucial players on the roster at that time. These stars have all made significant contributions towards helping make this team so great today by providing an exciting brand of basketball that fans love watching every night they take the court together.
In addition to having some fantastic talent throughout its 30-year existence, the Miami Heat organization is highly respected across the league from ownership down through coaching staffs which consist primarily of long-tenured members like head coach Erik Spoelstra who has been part of the organization since 2008 when he took over reins from Pat Riley after being assistant coach under him previous 4 seasons before taking promotion into the top spot. This kind of stability within the front office/coaching staff, along with excellent leadership provided by owner Micky Arison helps keep the culture solid & consistent no matter how much roster turnover there may be each summer heading into next season, which ultimately leads to winning games & contending for playoff spots each year even if expectations may not always be set high going into any given campaign but still finding ways compete against most formidable opponents while developing young talent coming onto the scene to help sustain success moving forward following retirements or departures veterans once had played integral roles getting where they are currently standing now amongst rest NBA franchises present-day landscape.
1988 - Present / National Basketball Association
1988 – Present / Miami Heat
Heat – As one of the most popular teams in the NBA, Miami Heat has a long and storied history. But many people don’t know that their nickname has an interesting origin story.
When Miami was awarded an expansion franchise in 1987, team executives had to decide on a name for the new team. After much debate and several rejected ideas (including “Sharks,” “Beaches,” and “Barracudas”), they settled on "Heat." The idea behind this choice was to represent South Florida's hot climate and intense passion for basketball—a perfect combination!
Furthermore, when creating their logo design, they used flaming letters with red-orange colors, further reinforcing the concept of heat & fire associated with the city itself. In addition to being visually appealing, it also made sense because these elements are often associated with intensity - something that every sports fan can relate to!
Finally, it should be noted that fans have come up with some clever nicknames for their beloved team, such as "The Hot Ones" or even just plain old "Miami." So no matter what you call them, one thing is sure: The Heat will always bring excitement & entertainment wherever they go!
NBA Championships 3
2013, 2012, 2006
2022 - Present / Kaseya Center
2021 - 2022 / FTX Arena
2000 – 2021 / American Airlines Arena
1988 – 2000 / Miami Arena
1988 – Present / Micky Arison
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
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