The Miami Heat is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, USA. The team was founded in 1988. Miami Heat plays in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the NBA and plays its home games in the FTX Arena.
Some famous players of the Miami Heat include Shaquille O'Neal (who was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004), Dwyane Wade (who joined the team as a rookie), Alonzo Mourning (the first player in the history of the Miami Heat who saw his jersey number immortalized in the stadium), Chris Bosh and "King" LeBron James. In the 2007/2008 season, Shaquille O'Neal was traded to Shawn Marion (The Matrix) from the Phoenix Suns, after which the Heat recorded the worst record in the entire NBA. Midway through the 2008-09 season, Shawn Marion was traded along with Marcus Banks to Jermaine O'Neal and Jamario Moon from the Toronto Raptors. Both Shaquille and Jermaine O'Neal became free agents in the summer of 2010. In 2008-09, the Miami Heat selected second-round draft pick Michael Beasley. In the summer of 2010, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves to free up salary cap space. As of 2008/2009, coach Pat Riley, who led the Heat to the championship, was replaced by coach Eric Spoelstra. Riley remained active in the organization.