Miami Heat Tickets | The balance of power in the NBA shifted when LeBron James and Chris Bosh decided to join Dwyane Wade in Miami. Now, Heat tickets are the hottest selling tickets in sports. Make sure you are there to witness what may be history in the making and get your Miami Heat single-game tickets now.
The Miami Heat franchise dates back to 1988, when the National Basketball Association announced that they would be adding four teams to the league between 1988 and 1989. Miami was one of the four cities that were awarded a team, and they were named after the warm South Florida climate. Despite the name, the Heat did not get off to a hot start in their first few seasons in the NBA. The first four seasons saw the team increase their win total each season, capped by a 38-win season in 1992 that led to the franchise's first playoff appearance. They were ultimately swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the eventual NBA Finals champion Chicago Bulls, but it didn't matter for the fans who bought Heat tickets that season; they knew their team had a bright future.
The 1996 season began a new era of basketball success for Miami when they hired future Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. His experience helped to reshape the Heat roster with additions including Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Jamal Mashburn. In only his second season at the controls, Riley helped to lead Miami to a 61-21 record and their first Atlantic Division title. Over the next four seasons, the Heat did not finish with anything below a .610 winning percentage. Although they did not make an appearance in the NBA Finals in any of those seasons, they were one of the most formidable opponents in the league.
After years of success but no championships, the Heat began to retool their roster to have a better chance at an NBA title. But following career-altering injuries to Alonzo Mourning and Eddie Jones, and the departure of Tim Hardaway, Miami found itself back in the uncomfortable position of losing basketball games. Following the 2003 season, the team drafted talented guard Dwyane Wade in the NBA Draft. Along with players like Caron Butler and Lamar Odom, Wade's stellar play helped turn around the franchise that had only won 25 games the previous season. Miami finished 42-40, and fans could feel that this Heat team was the sign of big things to come.
Not one of the Heat season ticket holders could have guessed what was up Pat Riley's sleeve the following off-season. In a deal with the LA Lakers, the Heat traded Lamar Odom, Caron Butler and others in exchange for larger-than-life superstar Shaquille O'Neal. The lovable big man immediately changed the culture in South Beach, bringing with him three NBA titles. Miami Heat tickets were never quite as popular as they were during Shaq's tenure in Miami, as he promised the fans of the city of Miami a championship. In his second season on the roster, O'Neal and Wade were able to deliver on that promise, beating the Dallas Mavericks in six games and winning the NBA Championship for the first time in team history.
Now the team has added Chris Bosh and LeBron James to the roster to go with Dwyane Wade; make sure you get your Miami Heat tickets this year and witness history in the making.