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MIAMI, May 15 – Tuesday, May 16, has been designated White Hot HEAT Day by both the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools. All students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to wear white to support the HEAT durin
MIAMI, May 1 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have entered into a partnership with Converse for the remainder of the 2006 HEAT Playoffs. The partnership will begin Monday, May 1 and will last for the duration of the HEAT playoff run.
MIAMI, April 19 – The Miami HEAT announced today the formal unveiling of their 2006 playoff promotional campaign – White Hot. White Hot HEAT is the scientific term when a substance reaches it hottest temperature and glows with a bright white light.
MIAMI, April 17 – Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade has the top selling NBA player jersey based on the sales at the NBA Store in New York City and NBAStore.com since the start of the 2005-06 preseason and ending Saturday, April 8.
MIAMI, April 12 – Trash talking. Talking smack. Selling wolf tickets. Jive talking. Whatever you call it, HEAT guard Gary Payton is the perennial king.
MIAMI, April 6 – The Miami HEAT announced today that La Bamba Check Cashing, a thriving, local South Florida Hispanic-run business, will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2006 HEAT Playoffs. As the Presenting Sponsor, La Bamba Check Cashing will be
MIAMI, April 5 – The Miami HEAT’s Shaquille O’Neal has won the Southeast Division Sportsmanship Award and is also a finalist for the 2005-06 NBA Sportsmanship Award. The NBA Sportsmanship Award is designed to honor a player who best exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.
MIAMI, April 4th – The Miami HEAT Dancers are officially the hottest dance team in the NBA. The HEAT Dancers earned the title “The Most Popular Dance Team in the NBA” after defeating the Western Conference champion, (Sacramento) Kings Dance Team, garnering 77 percent of fans votes, to win the first ever NBA Dance Team Bracket competition.
MIAMI, March 30 – The Miami HEAT announced today that WAQI-710 AM Radio Mambí will serve as the Spanish radio flagship station beginning with the HEAT game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 1. Due to the scheduling conflict with the Florida Marlins, Radio Mambí will broadcast games for the remainder of the regular season and the 2006 NBA Playoffs. WQBA will return as the official Spanish radio flagship station of the Miami HEAT for the 2006-07 NBA season.
MIAMI, March 30 – The HEAT announced today that all individual game tickets for their first two home games of the 2006 NBA Playoffs will go on sale Friday, April 7, at 10:00 am. Due to a very high season ticket holder renewal rate, individual game ticket inventory is extremely limited and tickets are expected sell out quickly. Individual game tickets may only be purchased online at Heat.com, via all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX. Tickets will NOT be available at the AmericanAirlines Arena Box Office.
Miami, March 27 – The Miami HEAT would like to extend its gratitude to all volunteers, participants, vendors, and guests involved in the 9th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival held on Sunday, March 26. The HEAT raised approximately $1.5 million during the weekend activities, which also included a Michael McDonald concert at the residence of Pat and Chris Riley, with all proceeds benefiting Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels, Safespace and the Miami Coalition for a Safe & Drug-Free Community.
MIAMI, March 25 - HEAT forward Antoine Walker and guard/forward Derek Anderson always have a sense of déjà vu when they step on the court together. They know what it feels like to play for a legendary coach in Pat Riley, they know how to play with big time talent and they definitely know how to handle the pressure of winning it all.
MIAMI, March 23 – The Miami HEAT announced today that the results of an MRI performed on center Alonzo Mourning has revealed a partial tear of the medial gastroc muscle (calf).
MIAMI, March 22 – Adelphia Cable in Dade County will offer six of the remaining Miami HEAT home games Sun Sports is producing and distributing in Spanish this season.
MIAMI, March 22 - HEAT forward Antoine Walker and guard/forward Derek Anderson always have a sense of déjà vu when they step on the court together. They know what it feels like to play for a legendary coach in Pat Riley, they know how to play with big time talent and they definitely know how to handle the pressure of winning it all.
MIAMI, March 3 - The high end condos, the fancy hotels, the private plane rides, the hussle-and-bussle of Miami. All those things were taken away from Dorell Wright and Earl Barron – momentarily. For two weeks the two HEAT youngsters got a glimpse at how life would be if they hadn’t made it to the NBA.
NEW YORK, Mar. 1, 2006 – The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and the Phoenix Suns’ Shawn Marion today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.
NEW YORK, March 1, 2006 – The Miami Heats’ Pat Riley and Phoenix Suns’ Mike D’Antoni today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.
MIAMI, February 28 – HEATV, the in-house broadcast production arm of The HEAT Group, walked away with four “Golden Matrix Awards” at the 2006 IDEA Conference held recently in Los Angeles, CA. The “Golden Matrix Awards” are considered the “Academy Awards” of the electronic display industry.
MIAMI, February 23 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have acquired guard/forward Derek Anderson from the Houston Rockets in exchange for guard Gerald Fitch. Anderson was acquired using the trade exception received in the Malik Allen-Steve Smith deal made with the Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 24, 2005.
MIAMI, February 22 – The Miami HEAT has teamed up with Gatorade and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida to host a HEAT Youth Basketball Clinic on Thursday, February 23, from 4:30-6:00 pm at the Miami Rescue Mission Community Activity Center. The clinic will be conducted by HEAT Community Affairs Liaison Wali Jones, with special appearances from HEAT players Dorell Wright and Gerald Fitch.
MIAMI, February 22 – Working to provide the South Florida community with additional opportunities to follow the Miami HEAT in their quest for an NBA Championship, the HEAT and Sun Sports announced today that 10 remaining Miami HEAT home games will be produced and aired in Spanish this season to Comcast customers throughout the South Florida area.
MIAMI, February 14 – Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade won’t be the only HEAT stars performing in Houston during NBA All-Star Weekend.
MIAMI, February 7 – The Miami HEAT announced today that All-Star guard Dwyane Wade will participate in the 2006 PlayStation Skills Challenge. Wade will compete against defending champion Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chris Paul of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.
MIAMI, February 3 – The Miami HEAT announced that Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade were named Eastern Conference starters in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game. O’Neal and Wade join Pacers forward Jermaine O’Neal, Cavaliers forward LeBron James and 76ers guard Allen Iverson as Eastern Conference starters.
MIAMI, January 31 – Miami HEAT players Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, Community Affairs Liaison Wali Jones, along with the HEAT Dancers and HEAT mascot Burnie, will help unveil a new “HEAT RAC Room” at the Kendall Boys and Girls Club in Miami on January 31, 2006 from 3:30-4:30PM.
MIAMI, January 26 – The HEAT Group announced today the promotion of several personnel.
MIAMI, January 20 – Each Monday at 7 p.m. beginning on January 23, NBC 6 will air its latest locally produced show, Access HEAT, a weekly must-see half-hour program for all HEAT fans.
MIAMI, January 18 – The Miami HEAT announced today that Dorell Wright and Earl Barron have been recalled from the Florida Flame of the NBA Development League. The two were assigned to the HEAT’s D-League affiliate on January 3, helping the team to a 4-2 record in that time.
MIAMI, January 11 – The Miami HEAT has signed a three-year promotional agreement with Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM, a Beasley Broadcast Group station.
MIAMI, January 10 — There’s nothing easy about playing for an expansion team. Just ask Rory Sparrow. The 12-year NBA pro played the first two seasons for the expansion Miami HEAT. The 6-foot-2 guard was the leader for the young HEAT teams which included Rony Seikaly, Kevin Edwards and Grant Long.
MIAMI, January 3 – Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week this afternoon for the week ending January 1.
MIAMI, January 3 – The Miami HEAT announced today that Dorell Wright and Earl Barron have been assigned to the Florida Flame of the NBA Development League. The Flame were assigned as the HEAT’s D-League affiliate prior to the start of the 2005-06 season.
NEW YORK, Dec. 15 – The Miami HEAT’s Dwyane Wade moved up eight spots to the top of the NBA’s most popular jersey list replacing teammate Shaquille O’Neal. The Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, New York Knicks’ Stephon Marbury and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant round out the top five on the NBA’s list of most popular player jerseys.
MIAMI, December 12 - Stan Van Gundy: “This morning I voluntarily resigned my position as Head Coach of the HEAT ... "
MIAMI, December 12 – The Miami HEAT announced today that Stan Van Gundy has resigned as Head Coach due to personal and family reasons. HEAT President Pat Riley will assume head coaching duties immediately. Van Gundy will remain with the HEAT as an NBA free agent evaluator, while also assisting the team in other projects.
MIAMI, December 6 – The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) recognized the Miami HEAT, Sun Sports and FSN Florida for programming and production excellence by awarding the team and the networks six 2005 regional Emmy Awards.
MIAMI, December 5 – Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week this afternoon for the week ending Dec. 4. This marks the 16th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors. For Wade, this is the third time he has been tabbed the Player of the Week, moving into sole possession of second place on the HEAT’s all-time list trailing only teammate Alonzo Mourning (five times as a member of the HEAT). Wade has received the league honors once in each of the past three seasons. He is the first HEAT player to earn the honor since Shaquille O’Neal captured the award on Dec. 19, 2004. Golden State guard Baron Davis was selected the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week.
MIAMI, November 23 — Taking off from Kansas City airport to Miami, HEAT rookie Wayne Simien was not only leaving behind the his friends, family and hometown – a place where he has lived his entire life – but he was also leaving behind his high-profile life of a Kansas hoops star.
MIAMI, November 23 — The Miami HEAT along with American Airlines will be working together to collect “Gifts for Soldiers” this holiday season. Fans attending games in early December at AmericanAirlines Arena are encouraged to donate items for delivery to soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest American hospital outside the United States. Donations will be collected at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday, December 9, during the HEAT-Denver Nuggets match-up.
MIAMI, November 18 - The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent guard Gerald Fitch and requested waivers on guard/forward Matt Walsh. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
MIAMI, November 18 – The NBA announced today that Dwyane Wade Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton and Antoine Walker will represent the Miami HEAT as All-Star Balloting begins today, giving fans worldwide the opportunity to vote for their favorite players as starters for the 55th NBA All-Star Game. The 2006 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries, will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Sunday, Feb. 19.
MIAMI, November 12 — When it comes to basketball, Kevin Edwards was a producer on the court for the HEAT. Miami’s second-ever draft pick, who was selected 20th overall in the 1988 NBA Draft, averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 assists in his five-year stint with the HEAT.
MIAMI, November 7 — Even though he’s been retired for six years, Dan Marino is still the man in Miami. That’s because the 2005 NFL Hall of Fame inductee has continued to win the hearts of South Floridians with his humility and charity.
MIAMI, November 4 – The Miami HEAT announced today that MRI results this morning revealed center Shaquille O’Neal has a sprained right ankle. The injury occurred with 6:35 remaining in the fourth quarter of last night’s home opener against the Indiana Pacers after O’Neal came down on the foot of Ron Artest. O’Neal is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks. No further updates will be given before his return.
MIAMI, November 3 - You’ve seen him dunk over Jermaine O’Neal, crossover Andre Miller and block Amare Stoudemire. And if you want to know the secret behind Flash’s superpowers – it’s gotta be the shoes.
MIAMI, October 31 - The Miami HEAT announced today that they have set their opening night roster for the 2005-06 NBA season and waived guards Andre Emmett and Gerald Fitch and forward Darius Rice. The club's roster now stands at 15, with Shandon Anderson, Michael Doleac and James Posey on the inactive list.
MIAMI, October 31 – The Miami HEAT announced today that HEAT.com will host an exclusive world premiere of the new HEAT player introduction video that will air in the AmericanAirlines Arena prior to HEAT home games this season.
On Monday, November 7th at 7:30 pm, your Miami HEAT will battle the New Jersey Nets. We want you to join us in honoring our friend Dan Marino—legendary Miami Dolphins player, community hero, and loyal HEAT Fan!
MIAMI, October 12 - The Miami HEAT announced today that they have waived guard Kevin Braswell.
MIAMI, October 5 – The Miami HEAT and AmericanAirlines Arena signed an exclusive deal with Gatrou Group, a sales and marketing company based in Coral Gables, to feature a new advertising concept, QReflection Advertising Mirrors, throughout the Arena.
MIAMI, October 3Shaquille O'Neal: “We always have high expectations. We have the pieces now to get it done. Now it’s up to us to go out and get it done.”
MIAMI, October 3Stan Van Gundy: “Well it is a new team, but I also think things probably set us apart from the norm. We did return three starters, but the guys that we do return were all major parts of it.
MIAMI, October 3 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Darius Rice and guard Kevin Braswell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, October 3 - Sun Sports is joining forces with the Miami HEAT in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by providing live commercial-free television coverage of the upcoming Hurricane Katrina Relief Game, a special exhibition game featuring the HEAT hosting the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. The game will air live on Sun Sports throughout South Florida on Monday, October 10, at 7:30pm (ET). The game will also air live on FSN Southwest, the regional TV home of the Spurs.

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MIAMI, October 3 – The Miami HEAT announced today that Carnival Cruise Lines has become the title sponsor of the Hurricane Katrina Relief Game on Monday, October 10. The proceeds from the game, in which the Miami HEAT will take on the San Antonio Spurs, will be donated to the American Red Cross and a to be determined charity on behalf of the HEAT, the Spurs and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
MIAMI, September 30 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Jason Kapono to an offer sheet. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, September 30 – The Miami HEAT has teamed up with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and will be paying the toll expenses for all vehicles traveling through the Eastbound 836 Toll Plaza between the hours of 7-9AM on Monday, October 3.
MIAMI, Sept. 28 – The Miami HEAT announced today that all individual game tickets for the 2005-06 season will go on sale beginning Tuesday, October 4 at 10:00AM. A very limited number of single seats in the 100 Level will be available, as well as seats in the 300 Level, 400 Level and Standing Room Only sections.
MIAMI, September 22 - Gary Payton: “Basically I felt like there was good chemistry here, predominately because of Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal).
MIAMI, September 22 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed nine-time NBA All-Star guard Gary Payton. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, Sept. 22– The Miami HEAT announced that their preseason contest versus the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, will now be played at the Pete Maravich Center on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. The game was previously scheduled to be played at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, LA. The game will still be played at 7:30 PM CT.
MIAMI, Sept. 19 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have re-signed free agent guard/forward Shandon Anderson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sherman Douglas was the HEAT’S first floor general. Although he was only a second-round choice out of Syracuse in 1989, his strong campaign (14.3 ppg and 7.6 apg) earned him a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team. He bettered that campaign in 1990-91, when he led the HEAT in scoring (18.5) and assists (8.5) and was named the team’s most valuable player.
MIAMI, September 8 – The Miami HEAT, the World Champion San Antonio Spurs, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association today announced their plans to stage an exhibition game between the Miami HEAT and the San Antonio Spurs to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
MIAMI, Sept. 7 – Carnival Cruise Lines has chartered three of its cruise ships to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for six months as part of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Shaquille O'Neal
Credit: Frazer Harrison
MIAMI, September 7 — Miami HEAT Superstar Shaquille O'Neal and his wife Shaunie have launched an emergency relief effort to help provide important bare essentials to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
MIAMI, August 24 – Kicking off its 18th and most anticipated season, the Miami HEAT announced today its television broadcast schedule for the 2005-06 NBA season.
MIAMI, August 19 – The HEAT announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Elini to make their watches the official watch of the Miami HEAT.
MIAMI, August 18 - Alonzo Mourning: “Last year was a very disappointing year considering the expectations of the team. I understand that winning a championship, getting to that championship level, is a process that you go through.
MIAMI, August 17 – The Miami HEAT announced today that Alonzo Mourning will return to play for the 2005-06 season. The HEAT picked up the team option on Alonzo Mourning’s contract for the 2005-06 season on June 17.
MIAMI, August 16 – The entire season ticket inventory for 2005-06 HEAT Season Tickets is sold out. The HEAT are now offering two Partial Plan Ticket Packages. These Partial Plan Ticket Packages will be the last opportunity for fans to guarantee themselves tickets for the upcoming season, including some of the biggest games of the year.
HEAT Designate Person Contract for Amnesty Clause
MIAMI, August 16 - The Miami HEAT announced today that they have designated the contract of forward Wesley Person for the amnesty provision under the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement. The provision allows a team to remove a player’s contract from the team’s salary cap for purposes of calculating the luxary tax. The HEAT requested waivers on Person on March 1, 2005.
MIAMI, August 15 - Press Conference Transcript
MIAMI, August 15 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent guard Matt Walsh. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, August 12 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent guard Gerald Fitch. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, August 12 - Wayne Simien: I’m very excited to get the contract signed and get everything done today. I was ecstatic come draft night to hear my name called.
MIAMI, August 12 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Wayne Simien, their first round selection (29th pick) in the 2005 NBA Draft. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, August 8 - Stan Van Gundy: “I am pleased to announce today that we have signed Earl Barron. I think if you made a survey of NBA scouts that are out there watching all these summer leagues this summer, Earl was probably the best free agent young big man out there."
MIAMI, August 8th – In an effort to help ease the nervousness of beginning a new school year, Miami HEAT players Dorell Wright, Wayne Simien, Matt Walsh and Earl Barron along with Burnie, the Xtreme Team and the HEAT Dancers are set their alarms bright and early right along with the students of Riverside Elementary.
MIAMI, August 8 – The defending Southeast Division champion Miami HEAT announced its 2005-06 regular season schedule today. The 82-game schedule consists of 41 home dates, all in the AmericanAirlines Arena, and 41 road contests, and runs from November 2, 2005 through April 19, 2006. For the second consecutive year the HEAT will make the league maximum 33 national television appearances. Miami will appear five times on ABC, 10 times on ESPN and nine times on TNT and NBA TV.
MIAMI, August 8 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent forward Earl Barron. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, August 8 - Full transcript of the Antione Walker press conference.
MIAMI, August 3rd – The Miami HEAT announced their 2005 preseason schedule today, which will open on Friday, October 14, when they host Pau Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The preseason will conclude on Thursday, October 27, with a game against the Orlando Magic at the TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, FL.
Tim Hardaway was an NBA veteran of 13 seasons, more than five of which were played with the Miami Heat. He was a first-round draft choice of Golden State out of Texas-El Paso who found fast stardom with the Warriors and their high-octane RUN-TMC (Hardaway-Mitch Richmond-Chris Mullin) offense.
MIAMI, August 3 - Pat Riley: “Welcome everybody. In our continual, never-ending effort to win a championship, I thought that yesterday was as good of a day that I ever had in basketball from the standpoint of being able to secure Shaquille O’Neal to a long-term contract and have him here for the rest of his career.
MIAMI, August 3 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have acquired All-Star forward Antoine Walker from the Boston Celtics, guard Jason Williams, forward James Posey, and guard Andre Emmett from the Memphis Grizzlies and the draft rights to center Roberto Duenas from the New Orleans Hornets in a five-team trade. The HEAT traded Eddie Jones to the Memphis Grizzlies, Rasual Butler to the New Orleans Hornets, and a 2006 second round draft pick, a conditional second round draft pick, Qyntel Woods and the draft rights to Albert Miralles to the Boston Celtics. Additionally, Memphis sent Greg Ostertag to the Utah Jazz and the Jazz sent Curtis Borchardt to the Celtics, Raul Lopez to the Grizzlies and Kirk Snyder to the Hornets.
MIAMI, August 2 - Udonis Haslem: “I’m happy it’s over with. It was a long process. I’m thankful to be back here with the Miami HEAT. I feel like we really have a chance to do something special.”
MIAMI, August 2 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have re-signed free agent forward Udonis Haslem. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, August 2 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have re-signed center Shaquille O’Neal. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MILWAUKEE, July 27 - For the second consecutive year Miami HEAT superstar and Marquette basketball alum Dwyane Wade will donate 225 pair of basketball shoes from Converse Inc. to the Marquette University National Youth Sports Program (NYSP), which serves more than 700 children from Milwaukee's inner city.
MIAMI, July 22 – For their outstanding performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and support of the HEAT Academy program, 12 students from the HEAT Academy -- sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) -- will participate in the final week of HEAT Camp. HEAT Camp will take place from Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29 at Miami-Dade Community College in Kendall. The value of the camp is $265 per student.
Long Beach, CA, July 13 - Will Conroy hit a 10-foot jumper as time expired, for his only points of the game, as the Los Angels Lakers recorded a 90-89 victory over the Miami HEAT in the Summer Pro League at The Pyramid in Long Beach, CA. With the victory the Lakers improved to 3-1 while the loss dropped the HEAT to 1-2.
Long Beach, CA, July 9 - Joey Graham notched game-highs in points (22) and assists (five) as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Miami HEAT, 97-89, in the Summer Pro League at The Pyramid in Long Beach, CA. Uros Slokar added 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Toronto, which enjoyed a +13 rebound margin (54-41) and recorded a 25-10 edge in second chance points.
Rory Sparrow only spent two seasons with the Miami HEAT, but they were significant ones: the first two in franchise history. He provided veteran leadership—at 30, he was the second-oldest player on the 1988-89 Heat—as well as production, averaging a team-best 5.4 assists and second-best 12.5 points per game in Miami’s debut season. He also scored the Heat’s first basket and, on April 18, 1989, recorded the club’s first triple-double. Sparrow finished his Miami career after the 1989-90 season having played 162 games for the Heat and averaging 9.2 ppg and 2.6 apg.
MIAMI, July 6 – The Miami HEAT announced today that the club’s 2005 draft pick, Wayne Simien, will join current HEAT players Dorell Wright and Qyntel Woods in representing the HEAT at the upcoming Summer Pro League in Long Beach, California. Miami HEAT assistant Erik Spoelstra will serve as the Head Coach during summer league.
MIAMI, July 5 – The Miami HEAT has teamed up with FedEx, AmericanAirlines and Gatorade to host the Miami HEAT ‘Shoot for the Stars’ Summer 2005 Books and Basketball Clinics. HEAT forward Rasual Butler and HEAT Community Affairs Liaison Wali Jones will head to Puerto Rico this weekend to provide a complimentary basketball clinic for inner-city youth. This is the first of three stops on the tour, which will also hit the Bahamas and Trinidad later this month. Entertainment will be provided by the Xtreme Team and the HEAT Dancers.
MIAMI, June 29 - Pat Riley: “Thank you for being here. One of the things that I want to bring up which I think is so very important, but you have to have a real perspective about this:
MIAMI, June29 – The Miami HEAT announced today that the club has picked up the team option on Qyntel Woods for the 2005-06 season.
MIAMI, June 28 – The Miami HEAT announced today they have selected forward Wayne Simien with the 29th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
MIAMI, June 28 Question: Were you surprised that you were selected by the HEAT at 29?
Wayne Simien: “No, I wasn’t. We didn’t have too high of expectations, because we hadn’t gotten vocal confirmation from any other team that they were going to draft me. I know that it is a process that has a lot of parody involved in it. When I heard my name called, I was happy. I am surprised, but excited to be a part of this organization.”
MIAMI, June 28 - "Just overall it’s a great feeling to be picking down at #19 this year after the last couple years being at 10 and 5. It’s a better feeling to have had some success during the season and see the team progress, and now still see if we can add to the team through the draft and free agency this summer."