Miami Heat

Arts
7:40 am
Fri November 22, 2013

What Do You Think Of The Dancing Lady In Miami's Skyline?

Credit Courtesy / Intercontinental Hotel

  

If you’ve spent any time on the MacArthur Causeway this past year, you’ve seen the 200-foot tall, shimmying silhouette of the dancing lady on the side of the Intercontinental Hotel.

The giant, multi-colored light display on the side of the building danced into our hearts – or danced us into ire—last December. Whether you love or hate the dancing lady, she’s become a staple of the Miami skyline.

But now, the lady and her suggestive moves  are about to be retired. The hotel is holding auditions for her replacement Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22.

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Philippines
7:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

WATCH: Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra's Philippines Relief PSA

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is helping to spearhead an effort to get money to Typhoon Haiyan victims.

Spoelstra's mother is from the Philippines and he has held several basketball camps and clinics there since becoming head coach for the championship team.

He says his family in the Philippines came through the storm just fine, with wind and rain in and around Manila, where they live.

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Recreation
7:21 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Kids Go Swimming With The Miami Heat's James Jones

Learning to swim isn’t always fun. It requires antagonizing months of adults throwing you in the water without floaties, expecting you to flap your way to the other side of the pool.

But learning how to swim is a lot more fun if Miami Heat player James Jones is in the pool too.

James Jones, along with team TV host Jason Jackson, took a dip with kids at Overtown’s Gibson Park Pool last week and discussed the importance of pool safety, all part of the Heat’s Learn To Swim campaign, now in its 12th year.

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Sports
4:20 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Two Heat Championships Later, All Of Florida Becomes A Basketball Town

Two championships apparently helped this plate sell.

There’s now proof that South Florida has become a basketball town. In fact, after two Miami Heat championships, all of Florida seems to be smitten by LeBron’s team.

That’s at least according to data released today on the number of Florida specialty plates. It shows that the Miami Heat tag has surpassed the plates for all other Florida pro sports teams.

In 2011, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had more specialty plates issued than any other pro sports team in the state, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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NBA Championship
6:32 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

We 'Ain't Got No Worries': The Miami Heat Keep Eyes on The Future

Post-season officially begins with a moment of bliss
Daniel Rivero WLRN

Towards the end of Game Six we were already dead.

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NBA Championship
11:52 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Miami Hotel Empties Its Kitchen For Downtown Heat Parade

The InterContinental Miami hotel has emptied out its executive kitchen for today's Heat Parade.
Credit Kenny Malone

This is the Stradivarius of pots and pans, an entire orchestra of them.

The InterContinental Miami temporarily pulled the culinary accoutrements from its executive kitchen to help celebrate the Miami Heat's 2012-2013 NBA Championship.

As the Miami Heat rounded the homestretch of today's parade, InterContinental staff and guests took to a small stage along the parade's route to smash ladles against soup pots and smack spoons against baking pans.

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Commentary
1:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Why As The Heat Get Better (Or Worse) So Do We

Trophy presentation after the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on June 3. Chris Bosh is holding his one-year-old son, Jackson.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

There are few events in life that bring communities together. In many instances they are disasters, like hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes. But in some happier examples, they are sporting events.

In even more fortunate cases, those sporting events coincide with good times. Or perhaps, it’s no coincidence.   

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NBA Finals
12:52 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Story Behind A Rather Unique Miami Heat Pep Talk

Andy Pita

The quality of the video is low budget and low sound quality but high energy.

A guy is standing in his bedroom with his hair gelled up. He’s wearing a Dwyane Wade jersey. “Guys, Miami, you know what time it is and you know I had to make another video!" he exclaims. "The 2013 playoffs are back! The Miami Heat. The greatest season ever! And I got my money on it that we going to win the championship again!” 

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Politics
12:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Florida Roundup: Should The Miami Heat Get More Public Money?

The Miami Heat say they need more public money to help maintain the arena.
Credit stab at sleep / Creative Commons/Flickr

Our panel of journalists will tackle two four-letter words: Heat and jobs.

The Miami Heat won back-to-back NBA Championships after defeating the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night, 95-88.

Meanwhile, team owner Micky Arison wants to extend the team's lease on American Airlines Arena with the help of public money.

Florida's job market has been improving with unemployment falling to levels not seen in nearly five years.

But joblessness in Miami-Dade County remains well above the rest of the state. 

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NBA Championship
7:36 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Miami Heat Fans Share A Moment Of Pure Bliss, Again

Credit Kenny Malone

Game Seven was beautiful.

Yet again the Heat turned us all into a stunning supernova of clanky pots and clinky pans. Everyone exhale. After the textbook magnificence of Game Seven, Miami is alive and absolutely knows it.

This morning and for the rest of the summer the Miami Heat are our guiding knights and definitively the best team in the National Basketball Association.

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NBA Championship
7:06 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Miami Wins Back-To-Back NBA Championships, James MVP

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:11 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

By now, you might have heard, for the second straight year the Miami Heat are NBA champions.

INSKEEP: They defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-to-88 in Game 7 in Miami. The Heat's LeBron James scored 37 points on his way to a second consecutive MVP award.

MONTAGNE: NPR's Mike Pesca was at the game and he has this report.

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Community Contributor
10:29 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Win Or Lose Game Seven, This Heat Fan Will Enjoy The Ride

Aley Sheer

I am a Miamian. Miami is and will always be my hometown. I graduated from Miami Central High School, Miami Dade Junior College and Florida Atlantic University. And basketball is and will always be my favorite sport. My only son is a 23-year-old named Michael Jordan Sheer, which means he got his name before Jordan got any rings.

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NBA Finals
7:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The Birdman Cometh And The Heat Fans Loveth

The Miami Heat's Chris "Birdman" Andersen has quickly become a fan favorite, and has earned the respect of his teammates.
Phil Latzman

Chris “Birdman” Andersen was circling the NBA’s proverbial trash heap when he was picked up by the Heat in January. And no one could have predicted the impact he would have for the defending champs in the coming months.

The story of his NBA reclamation may even beg for a script.

“That’s already a movie. That’s Back to the Future ain't it?” quips the festooned Andersen after a recent practice.

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NBA Finals
7:44 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Heat Swarm Like Piranhas To Beat Spurs In Game Two

Credit Sports Illustrated.

Poor Tiago Splitter. He tried so hard to make a teeny dunk. When the Spurs starting center went up to throw one down on Lebron James with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Brazilian got waxed.

Two plays later Lebron slammed a two-handed dunk off a steal, and it was at that moment you knew the Heat were relentlessly swarming, like a school of frenzied piranhas, and they would not be defeated. Not there and not then.

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Flawed But Fabulous
8:18 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Why Miami Heat Fans Must Find Solace In First Loss

Tony Parker's miraculous game-winning shot during Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
Credit Big Lead Sports

The opening sequence of last night’s NBA finals game against the San Antonio Spurs summed up the Miami Heat’s 2013 season under the big three of Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.

An electrifying dunk by Dwyane Wade followed by nine unanswered points and then a grinding hustle to get back in the game. We, as fans, must live and die with the unremitting arc of sports narrative and the sorrowful nosedives of emotion. The 2013 Miami Heat are like Agony and Ecstasy coming over for a dinner party to your apartment. 

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