The Miami Heat: Hot Basketball in Southern Florida
There's some real heat in Miami, and it's not just the weather.
It's also the Heat themselves — Miami's all-star basketball franchise. Want to see some outstanding basketball played in an
electric environment? It's worth investing in Miami Heat parking passes and game tickets. You'll have a basketball experience
that rivals the exciting nightlife in the Florida beach town.
In its history as a franchise, the
Miami Heat has had some intense and exciting rivalries. One of the best is the Dallas Mavericks, who the Heat beat for their
first NBA championship but lost to in the 2010-2011 finals. They also have a great rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, mostly
due to the fact that Shaquille O'Neal (on the Heat) and Kobe Bryant (on the Lakers) had a beef between them. O'Neal had been
traded to the Heat after a disappointing season with the Lakers.
Talk around town this 2013-2014 season
is that the Miami Heat could have a three-peat, once again clinching the title of NBA Champions. The team this year is led
by several superstars - Dwyane Wade, the all-star shooting guard; Chris Bosh, the team's center; Ray Allen, the legendary
shooting guard and LeBron James, arguably the hottest and most valuable NBA player today.
Heat came to Miami in 1988, and they were one of the first two teams in the state of Florida. While they got off to a hard
start (they lost a record 17 games in a row in their first season and ended the season with a 15-67 record), the Heat didn't
stay down for long. By the 1991-92 season, the team made the playoffs, and by '95-'96, they became a contender for one of
the best teams in the league. In the '99-'00 season, the team moved into a brand new arena - the American Airlines Arena,
which marked a new era in the franchise's history. The Heat reached their most elite status in '04-'05, with the addition
of basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, and by 2006, the team clinched the 2006 championship. Though the team has had some
bumps in the road, the franchise remains a basketball powerhouse (they won the NBA championship again in 2012), and the fans
in Miami remain enthusiastic and loyal through and through.
Hall of Fame Players
The Heat has been the home
of some of the best basketball players in history. However, the team has only been home to one hall of famer, Gary Payton.
Payton, inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, is the only point guard to be awarded the NBA Defensive
Player of the year, and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times!
Heat's experience in the postseason is always intense and exciting. While the team has made the playoffs in many of its seasons,
the most exciting showings for the Heat happened in the 2005-2006 season when they beat the Dallas Mavericks in the championship
game. In the two most recent seasons, 2011-12 and 2012-13, they won the championship against the Oklahoma City Thunder and
the San Antonio Spurs, respectively.
As one of the teams to beat for the championships, it's no surprise
that their shooting guard Wade holds the title of most points in the franchise, with 16,772! One of the three retired Heat
numbers is none other than Michael Jordan's No. 23; even though he never played for the Heat, he was jersey was retired in
2002-2003 to honor his career. The Heat's first head coach, Ron Rothstein, stepped down in 1991, but still remains loyal to
the Heat as an assistant coach.