Miami Heat Rivalry Case

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The Miami Heat is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. The team is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play their home games at American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami. The team is owned by Micky Arison, coached by Erik Spoelstra and managed by Basketball Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. The Heat were formed in 1988 as an expansion franchise along with the Charlotte Hornets. The Heat along with the Orlando Magic are the two NBA franchises that represent the state of Florida. Since entering the league, Miami has fielded squads that have made the playoffs 15 out of 23 seasons, capturing eight division titles, two Eastern Conference Championships in four appearances, and one NBA Championship, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 4–2 in the 2006 NBA Finals. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2010 the value of the franchise was $425 million.[1] vs. New York Knicks Main article: Knicks–Heat rivalry The rivalry between the New York Knicks and the expansion Miami Heat was a result…show more content…
Ever since the re-alignment of divisions with the addition of the expansion Charlotte Bobcats, the Miami Heat have been moved to the newly created Southeast Division, in which they have dominated due to the addition of Shaquille O'Neal (from a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 offseason) and the emergence of Dwyane Wade. However, in its prime this rivalry was bitter and marked by players on both teams giving their best efforts in every game. Both teams were almost evenly matched every time they played. During the 2010-11 season the rivalry has seemed to have been reignited with the re-emergence of the Knicks since the arrival of Amar'e Stoudemire in New York and their midseason acquisition of Carmelo

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