FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – On Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 10:00pm, FOX’s Sun Sports celebrates the Miami HEAT’s 25th anniversary with the premiere of, “Inside the HEAT: 25 Years of HEAT,” upon the conclusion of the HEAT vs. San Antonio Spurs game.
Hosted by Jason Jackson, “Inside the HEAT” takes a journey into the past of a dynamic 25 year history. Fans will revisit the moment when Ted Arison’s “Dream Caught Fire” on November 5, 1988 on opening night at the Miami Arena. The early years of the HEAT captured the hearts of the Miami community as the made their mark in the NBA, competing in the playoffs twice in their first eight years.
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Sherman Douglas, Steve Smith and Glen Rice paved the way in the early era of HEAT basketball, while setting record-breaking numbers along the way. Fans will see how new owner Mickey Arison and Pat Riley brought a different vision to the franchise, creating a new age for the HEAT. Known as the “Road Warriors,” P.J. Brown, Dan Majerle, Tim Hardaway, and Alonzo Mourning led this powerhouse quad to the franchise’s first of 4 Atlantic Division titles and the HEAT’s best record of 61-21.
The new millennium brought fresh challenges to the HEAT and new leadership with the opening of their new home, AmericanAirlines Area. With Mourning battling kidney disease, Eddie Jones and Brian Grant took on their newfound roles as leaders and bridged the gap into the next era of HEAT basketball. The summer of 2004 brought a blockbuster trade between Miami and Los Angeles with the addition of Shaquille O’Neal to their aspiring roster of breakout rookies.
The acquisition of Shaq, along with the return of Alonzo and inspiring performances by Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, led the HEAT to win their first NBA Championship in 2006. And six years later, the franchise would add Chris Bosh and LeBron James to the roster, which would bring the Larry O’Brian trophy back to South Florida with their second World Championship title.
“Inside the HEAT” takes you through this remarkable journey and honors nine legends on the Miami HEAT franchise that brought the team to new heights: Sherman Douglas, Glen Rice, Steve Smith, P.J. Brown, Dan Majerle, Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning, Eddie Jones, and Brian Grant. Join us as we take you through “25 Years of HEAT.”
See all of this and more on “Inside the HEAT: 25 Years of HEAT” and be sure to follow @SunSportsHEAT on twitter and visit FOXSportsFlorida.com for channel listings and exclusive Miami HEAT coverage.