Miami Heat, American professional basketball team based in Miami that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Heat have won three NBA championships (2006, 2012, and 2013).
The Heat, along with the Charlotte Hornets, entered the league in 1988 as an expansion team. Miami won just 15 games in its first season but improved on its record in each of the next three seasons, culminating in a play-off berth (albeit with only a 38–44 regular-season mark) in 1991–92. The Heat were swept by the eventual-champion Chicago Bulls in the first round of the postseason and returned to the play-offs in 1993–94, only to again lose (to the Atlanta Hawks) in the first postseason series.
In 1995 future Hall of Fame head coach Pat Riley took charge of the Heat. In just his second season with Miami, Riley guided a team featuring All-Stars Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway to a surprising 61–21 record and a division title. In the 1996–97 postseason the Heat defeated the Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks in the first two rounds of postseason play, with the series against the Knicks including a notorious bench-clearing brawl in game five that marked the beginning of a fierce rivalry between the two franchises. The Heat’s play-off run in 1997 ended in the Eastern Conference finals, where the team lost to the Chicago Bulls.
Miami won three consecutive division championships beginning in the 1997–98 season. However, the Heat were eliminated by the Knicks in each of those respective postseasons, which included a stunning upset in 1999, when Miami became the second team in NBA history to lose its first-round series as a conference’s top seed in the play-offs. Miami’s six-year play-off streak ended in 2001–02, and, after the team limped to a last-place divisional finish in 2002–03, Riley stepped down as head coach to focus on his duties in the Heat’s front office.
After drafting guard Dwyane Wade in 2003, the Heat returned to the play-offs the next season. With the acquisition of centre Shaquille O’Neal in 2004, the Heat won 59 games and a division title in the 2004–05 regular season and followed by sweeping the New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards in the play-offs before losing to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals. Riley returned as head coach 22 games into the 2005–06 season, and Miami defeated the Pistons in a conference finals rematch before dispatching the Dallas Mavericks in six games to win the Heat’s first NBA championship. Emerging superstar Wade led the Heat to a number of winning seasons since 2006, but Miami did not advance past the first round of the play-offs in any of those years.
The franchise’s fortunes went on another upswing after the 2009–10 season when free-agent Wade agreed to a long-term deal with the Heat and was joined by fellow superstar LeBron James and All-Star power forward Chris Bosh. The star-studded Heat were the focus of a great deal of media attention during the 2010–11 campaign. After an uneven start to the regular season, the team charged through the play-offs, losing a total of just three games en route to the NBA finals, where Miami lost its rematch with the Dallas Mavericks. In 2011–12 the Heat returned to the NBA finals, where it defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder. The following season the team registered the second longest winning streak in NBA history (27 games) and won a franchise-record 66 games en route to a third straight NBA finals appearance, where the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in a dramatic seven-game series. The Heat won a fourth straight division title in 2013–14, which was followed by another quick run through the conference play-offs to set up a rematch with the Spurs in the NBA finals, the Heat becoming the first team in 27 years to make four consecutive finals appearances. However, the Heat lost its second finals matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, in five games.
All three of the team’s big stars opted out of their contracts during the following off-season to reassess their options and give the franchise (which was projected to be well over the league’s salary cap) more financial flexibility. Wade and Bosh both re-signed with Miami, but James left the team to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the team failed to qualify for the play-offs in a weak Eastern Conference in 2014–15. The Heat bounced back the following season, winning 48 games and earning a play-off bid, where the team was eliminated in the second round.
Miami Heat City Jersey-The latest
The Miami Heat released its Miami Mashup City Edition jersey on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.Let’s take a look at this Miami Heat city jersey.
As part of the reveal, the team described the new look in a press release: “The Miami Mashup uniform’s black base color provides the foundation for its Mashup-style “MIAMI” wordmark across the chest, which features assorted letter styles pulled from the team’s Miami Floridians, Classic Home and Road, Vice Nights, and Championship Ring Ceremony uniform sets. Below the wordmark appears the jersey’s front number, in a number style chosen by each Heat player. That same design aesthetic extends to the uniform’s shorts, which feature a Mashup-style “HEAT” wordmark on the lower right leg, as well as a multicolored version of the team’s classic “ball and flame” logo on the lower left leg.”
The uniforms also feature a thin “trophy gold” stripe that frames the combination of elements, which is a “nod to the infamous yellow ropes brought out seconds before ‘The Shot’ during the 2013 NBA Finals.” In addition, there’s a satin band running down the side of the uniform “that references the organization’s ‘black tie’ opening night event in November 1988” and the Heat’s championship years 2006, 2012 and 2013 are stacked vertically on the waistband of the shorts. There’s also a “15 STRONG” wordmark on the bottom left of the front of the jersey to honor the “rallying cry used throughout the team’s 2006 championship run.” “An amalgamation of all those moments in the past,” McCullough said when describing the uniform.
But the numbers are the most unique aspect of the Miami Mashup design, as the Heat is billing it as “the first uniform in professional sports to feature unique, individualized number styles across each player’s jersey.” “This campaign is all about the numbers,” McCullough said.
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