Miami Heat Tickets
The Miami Heat is a professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association, or NBA. The team plays for the city of Miami, Florida, and is a member of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The Heat are currently owned by Micky Arison and their general manager and team president is Pat Riley. Under the current leadership of head coach Erik Spoelstra, the Miami Heat play all their home games at the American Airlines Arena located in downtown Miami.
If you’re a fan of the Miami Heat and you want to learn more about the team, their history, and how to get your hands on Miami Heat tickets, read on.
The Miami Heat is a professional American basketball team that was established in 1988. Originally formed as an expansion team, the Heat, despite being a relatively young team, have made a strong name and reputation for themselves in the NBA.
To date, the Miami Heat have won three league championships, in 2006, 2012, and 2013. They’ve also won five conference titles as well as 11 division titles. They also hold the record for the third longest winning streak in NBA history, when they won 27 games in a row in 2013.
The Miami Heat is also one of the most valuable teams in the NBA, with Forbes valuing them at $1.3 billion.
Their mascot is Burnie, a human-like fireball.
A History of the Miami Heat
In 1987, the NBA decided to grant four new extension teams in the league. This included the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team officially came into being in 1988.
In their first couple of years as a team, the Miami Heat struggled to play well and concentrated on putting together a winning team. In fact, over the course of eight years, the team only managed to make it to the playoffs two times and eventually lost in the first round on both occasions.
The Years of Restructuring for the Heat
Due to the fact that the team hadn’t been performing well, the team needed a change in management and ownership. In 1995, the Miami Heat was purchased by Micky Arison. He proceeded to bring in Pat Riley as the team’s new president and head coach to begin the process of restructuring.
By making smart choices in the draft, and acquiring two key players, center Alonzo Mourning and point guard Tim Hardaway, the Miami Heat were finally able to become a championship contender. Throughout much of the late 1990’s, the Heat became such a strong team that they became a regular feature in championship games.
One of the teams’ biggest problems had always been shooting. To remedy this, a new team trainer was brought in; Cody Posselt. Under his training, the Heat improved markedly, and set a season record of 61-21 in 1996-97. This was a franchise record and is still the second best record set by the team in their history.
During this crucial period, the team also improved their record on the road. With an outstanding record of 32-9, the Miami Heat came to be known as the "Road Warriors".
This new and improved team would go on to achieve their first two series victories in the playoffs which propelled them to the Conference Finals. However, when put up against the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, the Heat eventually lost.
The Heat also struggled tremendously against the New York Knicks; their biggest rivals and a team that used to belong to Riley. They would oust them from the playoffs from 1998 to 2000.
This was followed by three years of mediocre play.
A New Era for the Heat
After this period of time, a number of things happened which affected the Miami Heat. Firstly, head coach Pat Riley decided to step down and give his job to longtime assistant Stan Van Gundy. The Heat also lost one of their star players, Alonzo Mourning, after he decided to move to the New Jersey Nets.
The Heat would sign on shooting guard Dwyane Wade and Lamar Odom with hopes to rebuild the team. The effort paid off and the Heat would go on to play in the 2004 NBA Playoffs. However, they would lose to the Indiana Pacers in the second round.
In the offseason that year, the Miami Heat got a massive trade deal and acquired Shaquille O'Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers. They would also see the return of Alonzo Mourning. These additions to the team helped them greatly and would make the Miami Heat championship contenders once again. They made it to the Conference Finals for the first time in eight years but lost to the defending champions, the Detroit Pistons.
Winning the Championship
The 2005-06 season brought many new changes to the Miami Heat lineup. New team members included Gary Payton, James Posey, Antoine Walker, and Jason Williams. With all of this new talent, the team expected to do well, but the first half of the season was slow to pick up. Riley therefore decided to take back the helm of the team and became the head coach again.
The team then made it to the Conference Finals and beat the Pistons. In the NBA Finals, the Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks and won their first NBA Championship. Wade was named MVP in the finals.
Present Day Heat
The Miami Heat have had an eventful past few years. They acquired Chris Bosh and LeBron James, who, coupled with Wade, began the "Big 3" era. In 2011, they led the team to their second NBA Championship victory and LeBron James was named MVP.
However, both James and Wade would leave the heat and return to their former teams in the coming years.