Posted on September 10 2019
One of the four new expansion teams created by the NBA in 1987 went to Miami. The others went to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets, and the Orlando Magic. In November 1988, a team that simply went by the name Heat began playing.
In the Beginning
Competing in the NBA (National Basketball Association), the professional basketball team the Miami Heat are based in – you guessed it – Miami. They were formed as an expansion franchise in 1988, as were the Charlotte Hornets. When it comes to franchises formed after 1980, the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat were the only two to win titles in the NBA as of the 2018-19 season.
Go Expansion Teams!
The two NBA franchises that are Florida-located are the Orlando Magic and the Heat. Out of 28 seasons, the Miami Heat has made the playoffs 19 times. They have captured three NBA championships, five conference titles, and 12 division titles. In the 2006 NBA finals, they defeated the Dallas Mavericks. In the 2012 NBA finals they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the 2013 NBA finals they defeated the San Antonio Spurs.
What's in a Name?
Before they became known as Miami Heat, the owners of Miami's expansion franchise, back in 1986, chose the name-submission "Heat". This suggestion, from Stephanie Feed, was one of some 20,000+ entries. Other suggested names had been Barracudas, Beaches, Tornadoes, and Sharks.
They’re in the Playoffs!
For those wondering which years the Miami Heat went to the playoffs, they were as follows: 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018. How's that for impressive! When it comes to NBA championships, however, the Heat have been victorious only three times: 2006, 2012, 2013 (as detailed above).
There can be little doubt that the 2012 and 2013 championships were helped along by star player Lebron James – one of the Miami Heat's renowned celebrity players. Another well-known player, Michael Jordan, was honored by the Heat when, in April 2003, they retired his number 23 jersey. (His number 23 jersey was also retired by the Chicago Bulls.) Born in February 1970, Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. was another major contributor to the success of the Miami Heat. He did, in fact, play most of his NBA career (spanning 15 years) with them.
Additional important players for the Miami Heat include Dwayne Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Hardaway, Glenn Rice, and Chris Bosh, among others.
The win-loss record for the Miami Heat in the 2000's varied. They had more wins than losses in 2000 and 2001, from 2003 to the 2006-07 season, from 2008 to the 2013-14 season, in the 2015-16 season, a tying season from 2016-17, and more wins than losses in the 2017-18 season.
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