Miami Heat

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Eastern Conference (NBA)

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The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

Pat Riley

After a period of mediocrity, the Heat would gain relevance during the 1990s following the appointment of former head coach Pat Riley in the role of team president.
He has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995 and head coach in two separate tenures (1995 through 2003, and 2005 through 2008).

Southeast Division (NBA)

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The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.
The division consists of five teams, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards.

1988–89 NBA season

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The franchise began play in the 1988–89 NBA season as an expansion team.
This was the first season of the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets.

Alonzo Mourning

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Riley would construct the high-profile trades of Alonzo Mourning in 1995, and of Tim Hardaway in 1996, which immediately propelled the team into playoff contention.
Mourning played most of his 15-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career for the Miami Heat.

Dwyane Wade

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Led by Dwyane Wade, and following a trade for former NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Shaquille O'Neal, Miami advanced to play in the NBA Finals in 2006, where they clinched their first championship, led by Riley as head coach.
Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American Airlines Arena

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The Heat play their home games at American Airlines Arena, and have won three NBA championships.
The Arena is home to the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

Shaquille O'Neal

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Led by Dwyane Wade, and following a trade for former NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Shaquille O'Neal, Miami advanced to play in the NBA Finals in 2006, where they clinched their first championship, led by Riley as head coach.
Amid tension between O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006.

2006 NBA Finals

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Led by Dwyane Wade, and following a trade for former NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Shaquille O'Neal, Miami advanced to play in the NBA Finals in 2006, where they clinched their first championship, led by Riley as head coach.
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.

Erik Spoelstra

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This saw the resignation of Riley as head coach, who returned to his position as team president, and was replaced by Erik Spoelstra.
Erik Jon Celino Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

LeBron James

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In 2010, after creating significant cap space, the Heat partnered Wade with former league MVP LeBron James, and perennial NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, creating the "Big Three".
After failing to win a championship with Cleveland, James left in 2010 to sign as a free agent with the Miami Heat.

Orlando Magic

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In 1987 the NBA granted one of its four new expansion teams to Miami (the others being the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, and the Minnesota Timberwolves) and the team, known as the Heat began play in November 1988.
Orlando has been the second most successful of the four expansion teams brought into the league in 1988 and 1989 in terms of winning percentage, only after the Miami Heat.

Expansion team

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The franchise began play in the 1988–89 NBA season as an expansion team.

Chris Bosh

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In 2010, after creating significant cap space, the Heat partnered Wade with former league MVP LeBron James, and perennial NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, creating the "Big Three".
In 2010, after seven seasons with the Raptors, Bosh entered into a sign-and-trade deal in which he was traded to the Miami Heat.

National Basketball Association

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The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.
In 1988 and 1989, four cities got their wishes as the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and Minnesota Timberwolves made their NBA debuts, bringing the total to 27 teams.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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In 1987 the NBA granted one of its four new expansion teams to Miami (the others being the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, and the Minnesota Timberwolves) and the team, known as the Heat began play in November 1988.
The NBA had granted one of its four new expansion teams on April 22, 1987 (the others being the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, and the Miami Heat) to original owners Harvey Ratner and Marv Wolfenson to begin play for the 1989–90 season.

Stan Van Gundy

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Just prior to the start of the 2003–04 season, Riley stepped down as head coach to focus on rebuilding the Heat, promoting Stan Van Gundy to the position of head coach.
From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat but resigned in 2005 mid-season, turning the job over to Pat Riley.

Lamar Odom

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Free-agent swing-man Lamar Odom was signed from the Los Angeles Clippers.
As a restricted free agent, he then signed with the Miami Heat, where he played the 2003–04 season before being traded to the Lakers.

Tim Hardaway

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Riley would construct the high-profile trades of Alonzo Mourning in 1995, and of Tim Hardaway in 1996, which immediately propelled the team into playoff contention.
Hardaway played for the Warriors until the middle of 1995–96 season when he was traded to the Miami Heat along with Chris Gatling in exchange for Kevin Willis and Bimbo Coles.

Gary Payton

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In the summer of 2005, Riley brought in veteran free agent Gary Payton from the Boston Celtics, and also brought in James Posey, Jason Williams and Antoine Walker via trades.
He also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat.

Antoine Walker

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In the summer of 2005, Riley brought in veteran free agent Gary Payton from the Boston Celtics, and also brought in James Posey, Jason Williams and Antoine Walker via trades.
Walker, a three-time NBA All-Star, won an NCAA championship with Kentucky in 1996 and an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.

2011–12 NBA season

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In the shortened 2011–12 season, the Heat started 27–7.
The playoffs started on April 28 and ended on June 21 when the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of their series, 121–106, winning the Finals, 4–1 and to capture the franchise's second NBA title.

2011 NBA playoffs

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In the much anticipated 2011 NBA Playoffs, Miami defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, Boston Celtics in the Conference Semifinals, and Bulls in the Conference Finals, all in 5 games.
The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeating the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

2012 NBA playoffs

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The Heat finished 46–20, earning the second seed in the East for the NBA Playoffs.
The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat defeating the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

Big Three (Miami Heat)

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In 2010, after creating significant cap space, the Heat partnered Wade with former league MVP LeBron James, and perennial NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, creating the "Big Three".
The Big Three, also colloquially known as The Heatles, were a trio of professional basketball players - LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh - who played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2010 to 2014.