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Since joining the NBA as an expansion team in 1988, the Miami Heat has slowly evolved into one of the league's more competitive franchises. Miami took a step forward after hiring Pat Riley as coach and acquiring Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway in 1995. The Heat started winning division titles and reaching the playoffs, but never threatened to reach the NBA finals after a kidney disorder sidelined Mourning in 2000. Miami became a true NBA title contender after drafting Dwayne Wade in 2003 and trading for Shaquille O' Neal in 2004. The two teamed to bring the Heat its first NBA title in 2006. Miami saw a decline after trading O' Neal but returned to the finals in 2011 after signing high-profile free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh a season earlier.
American Airlines Arena, Home to the Miami Heat
American Airlines Arena is set alongside Miami's picturesque Biscayne Bay. The attractive stadium was constructed in the late 1990s as a $213 million replacement for the Miami Arena. It opened in 1999 and maintains modern appeal with gorgeous lighting, palm trees at the entrance, and a unique atmosphere-sensitive colored scoreboard. American Airlines Arena is home to the NBA's Miami Heat and also houses Florida's largest concert theater, The Waterfront. A giant aircraft graphic is painted on the stadium's roof and can be seen from planes flying into and out of Miami International Airport.
Miami Heat and the Eastern Conference
The Southeast Division contains five teams, including the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards. Although the Heat face a fierce rivalry with the New York Knicks, the rivalry with the Magic leads to a division title and bragging rights in the state of Florida. Since joining the league in 1988, the Miami Heat has won eight division titles, which includes the most recent title in 2011. The team won the conference championship in 2006 and 2011, but its only NBA Finals victory came against the Dallas Mavericks in 2006.
Miami Heat 2012 Team Outlook
The story is the same for the Miami Heat going into the 2011-12 season as it was a year ago. With the superstar trio of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh together on the same team, the Heat will be a popular pick to win the NBA title. Miami came up just short a year ago in the first season that James, Wade, and Bosh were teammates. They were team leaders in virtually every category. James averaged 26.7 points, Wade scored 25.5 points, and Bosh chipped in 18.7 points per game. James was the assist leader with 7.0 assists per game. And Bosh was the top rebounder with 8.3 rebounds per game. The Heat reached the NBA finals, where they played the Dallas Mavericks, the team they beat for an NBA title in 2006. This time around the Mavericks won the series. With a stacked roster going into the new season, the odds are low Miami will fall short again.