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Dwyane Wade is leaving. After 13 years with the Miami Heat, Wade is leaving the only NBA team he has known. He’s leaving, like LeBron James did two years ago, to return home. In Wade’s case, he’s headed to the Chicago Bulls -- a team he grew up with as a kid in the southern suburbs of that city.

Chicago is a city I spent almost 15 years in before moving to South Florida. Like Wade, I know both places well. They are both special places for those of us lucky to have lived and love them both.

  Miami is the Magic City.

AL DIAZ / Miami Herald

Loyalty is something you hear a lot about in mobster movies and television shows. But as ruthless as someone like Tony Soprano can be, it pales in comparison to the ruthlessness and ego-laden industry which is professional sports.

Keith Allison via Flikr / WLRN

The NBA’s free agency period starts Friday and the fate of the face of The Miami Heat, star player Dwyane Wade, hangs in the balance.



The Miami Heat’s President Pat Riley has his eyes on one player in particular during this year’s free agency period, that’s what Miami Herald sports columnist Greg Cote believes.


“The elite player that Pat Riley refers to as a whale. They’re whale hunting, The Heat. So, if they can get Kevin Durant, that takes priority over everything,” Cote said.

How Much Is Dwyane Wade Worth?

Sep 18, 2015
David Santiago / El Nuevo Herald

Earlier this summer, Miami Heat fans worried shooting guard Dwyane Wade might leave the Magic City.

LeBron's Move In 9 Haikus

Jul 15, 2014
Hialeah Haikus / Courtesy

We read your haiku
about LeBron James leaving.
Thanks for the poems.

In 2010, WLRN and the Miami Herald collected poems to welcome the arrival of LeBron James to the Miami Heat. It's fitting to say goodbye to one of the Heat's celebrated players in verse again.

Fans from all over the Heat Nation shared their disappointment, their understanding and their (mostly) well wishes for James' new journey. Here are nine haikus that are our favorites.

Burger Formerly Known As "Bron" Is Now "Gone"

Jul 14, 2014
Carla Javier / WLRN

A local restaurant called OneBurger in Coral Gables created the Bron Burger back when LeBron James first announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat.

The ingredients are listed on a big sign on the wall:

  • Kaiser roll ("Kaiser is the German word for king.")
  • Kobe beef ("Cuz Bron eats Kobe for dinner.")
  • Swiss cheese
  • Onion ring ("Brother gonna wear some rings," the sign reads.)
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Mustard
  • Jalapeños ("Dude loves the heat")


Andy Coleman

LeBron is gone but we will always have Julia Tuttle.

Heat fans, this may not comfort you the first time LeBron James walks into the AmericanAirlines Arena in Cavalier wine and gold. It will certainly not help next June when, for the first time in five years, the Miami Heat will very likely be watching the NBA Finals from home. But historically, the “Mother of Miami” beats the King of Cleveland one-on-one every time.

Say Goodbye To LeBron James With A Haiku

Jul 11, 2014
Gregory Castillo / Courtesy

LeBron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat and join the Cleveland Cavaliers has left plenty of South Floridians with mixed feelings.

WLRN and the Miami Herald held a poetry contest welcoming James to Miami. Now it's time to say goodbye.

Would you like to say goodbye to LeBron James in a haiku? Submit your three lines through the Public Insight Network.

Serge Toussaint Paints "Queen" Over LeBron's Blacked-Out Face

Jul 11, 2014
Jephie Bernard / WLRN

Clevelanders burned their LeBron James jerseys. Miamians blacked his face out of a mural.

Roughly a couple hours after announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James' face was blacked out from a Serge Toussaint mural of the Miami Heat in Midtown.

“It really hurts me to see people vandalizing my artwork, but at the same time I understand where they’re coming from,” says Toussaint.

The Miami experiment is over: LeBron James will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The NBA star opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami, where he won two championships.

James, 29, played for Cleveland for seven seasons before leaving the town, and his home state of Ohio, for Miami. Speculation about his next move heated up after James and the Heat were trounced in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET: 'I'm Coming Home'

When The Heat Fall... On Photographers

Jun 13, 2014

The Miami Heat fell to the San Antonio Spurs in this 2014 NBA Finals, after winning only one game in the seven-game series. Despite the definitive loss, one group may be relieved: the courtside photographers who won't have to feel the weight of falling players for a while.

If you've seen a handful of games, you may have witnessed a basketball player trip, jump or slide off court and onto a nearby photographer (or sometimes fan). Below, read about what it's like to be on the ground when that happens.



The search continues for a soccer stadium in Miami. The City of Miami tells David Beckham he cannot build on a bay front boat slip.  

But the beautiful game kicks off its quadrennial contest.  Has Brazil’s confidence on and off the field jeopardized success of the World Cup? And the Heat’s season is in jeopardy after losing two in a row to the Spurs.

Kenny Malone / WLRN


The Miami Heat are one of just four teams to play in four consecutive NBA Finals. For Heat season ticket holders, that’s like winning the lottery four times in a row. 

But many fans cannot or choose not to shell out the cash it would take to buy season tickets on their own. Like a timeshare, they join informal season ticket pools with colleagues, friends and friends of friends.

Come playoff time, fairly divvying up those tickets can prove challenging.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

By milking the corner three-point shot, the Miami Heat have backed the Indiana Pacers into a corner.

Following Monday night’s 90 to 102 loss, the Pacers find themselves in some troubling company: More than 200 teams have gone down 3-1 in an NBA best-of-seven series, only eight of them have ever come back to win the series.

Can Beckham Bend It At A Boat Slip?

May 23, 2014
Miami Beckham United

On The Florida Roundup: Former soccer star David Beckham's team presents a new plan for a stadium and park at a boat slip by the American Airlines Arena after their vision for a facility at Miami's Port faced fierce opposition. 

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez got into office by touting his opposition to Marlins Park. But this week he was all over in the news for deals with sports teams, including the Miami Heat and Dolphins. What’s changed?

And a reporter spends eight months delving into the world of South Florida's Seminole and Miccosukee Indians.