The Miami Heat are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida. The team is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. They play their home games at the American Airlines Arena. The team is owned by Micky Arison and is coached by Erik Spoelstra
The Miami Heat were founded in 1988 during a major NBA expansion. In the 1989 NBA Draft, the Heat selected Glen Rice with the fourth pick. He would take them to their first playoff appearance in 1992 against the Chicago Bulls. Miami experienced new heights during the mid 90s with the hiring of Basketball Hall of Famer Pat Riley. The Heat made waves in the 2003 NBA Draft when they selected Dwayne Wade and paired him with Shaquille O'Neal. The duo, along with a resurgent Riley and well-traveled veterans, would lead Miami to three division titles and the NBA Championship in 2006 over the Dallas Mavericks in which Wade was named MVP.