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Miami Heat

The Miami Heat are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. The team is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play their home games at American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami. The team is owned by Micky Arison, coached by Erik Spoelstra and managed by Pat Riley. The mascot of the team is Burnie, an anthropomorphic fireball.

The Heat were formed in 1988 as an expansion franchise. The Heat along with the Orlando Magic are the two NBA franchises that represent the state of Florida. Since entering the league, Miami has fielded squads that have made the playoffs 16 out of 24 seasons, capturing nine division titles, three Eastern Conference Championships, and one NBA Championship, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 42 in the 2006 NBA Finals. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2010 the value of the franchise was about $425 million.[1] The Heat will face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals.

Favorite Player: Dwayne Wade