Micky Arison appears to finally be ready to move on following the departure of LeBron James.
Two weeks after James announced his decision to leave Miami and return to Cleveland, the Heat owner posted a 642-word letter on the team’s website listing many of the franchise’s accomplishments since he bought the team in 1995 and assuring fans things will be just fine.
"Pat Riley is fond of saying that the only thing you can count on in life is change and those that embrace change are best prepared to emerge successfully," Arison said. "So while the names on the back of the jersey may change from time to time, the constant presence of the name ‘Miami’ or ‘HEAT’ on the front guarantees that our goal remains the same: to put a competitive team on the floor capable of competing for the ultimate prize. As a Miami HEAT fan, this is what you have come to expect from us."
Arison and his management team might have lost James this offseason, but they did hold on to the other two members of the Big Three — Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — and also retained several other key components of the four straight NBA Finals runs.
Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers will all be back for the 2014-15 season and will join free-agent additions Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.
"I am a #HEATLifer," said Arison. "That’s how I want you to feel about your role as a Miami HEAT fan — that you are a #HEATLifer — ‘all in’ with us for what is sure to be an exciting 2014-15 season and an incredibly bright future where we will look to add to our three NBA championships."