The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team based in Miami. The team competes in the National Basketball Association for the Eastern Conference Southeast Division. Their home games are played at the AmericanAirlines Arena which is in downtown Miami. The team is owned by Micky Arison, the owner of Carnival Corporation and Pat Riley is both the team president and the general manager. The current head coach is Erik Spoelstra. The team’s mascot is an anthropomorphic fireball, Burnie. The Forbes magazine valued the Miami Heat as the tenth most valuable among the NBA franchises with a net worth of $1.3 billion.
This team was formed as an expansion team in the year 1988, and since then they had won three league championships in the year 2006, 2012 and 2013. They also won five conference titles and eleven division titles. In the year 2013, the Heat won twenty-seven regular season games in a row making it the third-longest streak in NBA history.
At the beginning of the team’s career, the team was very moderate in performance. The first eight years were very difficult for the team to sustain but with the entry of Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway in the team, it transformed Miami into a championship contender. Because of their on the road performances, the team earned the moniker of ‘Road Warriors’ for their remarkable 32-9 record. Then in the 2003 NBA draft, the team selected players Dwyane Wade and Lamar Odom. Wade has been awarded the MVP at the 2005-06 finals, and he became the fifth youngest player in the NBA history to capture the NBA Finals MVP honors and also recorded for the third highest scoring average by a player. He also received the All-NBA honors. Other than Wade, the 2006 finals were won with the combined effort of Gary Payton, James Posey, Jason Williams and Antoine Walker. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James were together known as the famous ‘The Big 3’; the Heat won the 2011 NBA Finals with the combined efforts of these 3 players. The final was a lucky rematch which gave the Heat a historic win. LeBron James is the player who was on the team for four seasons where the team entered in the finals and gave back to back victories to the team in the year 2012 and 2013. James led Miami on a 27-game winning streak, the third longest ever in league history.
The Heat had their rivalry with the New York Knicks mainly because of Pat Riley, who was the head coach of the teams, the early 1990’s for Knicks and late 1990’s for the Heat. Then, the team had a rivalry with the Chicago Bulls which was dominated by Michael Jordan as the Heat were consecutively eliminated by them who would go on to win the NBA Championship each time. Orlando Magic too had to bear the rivalry with Miami Heat because of the team’s location as both are based in Florida and their rivalry is famously known as the ‘Sunshine State Rivalry’ and got intensified because of the high-caliber players each team had.