Miami Heat stories in the SI Vault

Turn Up The Heat, Please By Jack McCallum, December 19, 1988 By losing its first 16 games, the Miami Heat, one of the NBA's expansion teams, has set a record for futility.

The Man In The Iron Mask By S.L. Price, March 30, 1998 Behind the grim game fane that has made him one of the NBA's least popular -- though most imposing -- players, Alonzo Mourning is a vulnerable man still pained by memories of his lonely, awkward youth.

A Season Full Of Fight By Jack McCallum, April 01, 2002 Though weighed down by fatigue, Alonzo Mourning continues to do battle against NBA centers, more than holding his own while uplifting the rest of the Heat.

A New Beast In The East By Jack McCallum, October 25, 2004 The arrival of Shaquille O'Neal in Miami shakes up two franchises, shifts the balance of power and puts a title within the Heat's grasp.

Taking The Giant, Final Step By Chris Mannix, July 05, 2006 Stopped by the Pistons a year before, the retooled Heat--led by its big man and its emerging superstar--rolled through Detroit in six games

Sportsman Of The Year: Dwyane Wade By S.L. Price, December 11, 2006 Is there an athlete with more positive energy than the 24-year-old guard? He pulled the Heat out of a deep playoff hole, helped put the shine back on a tarnished league and lifted his mom out of her own personal hell.

The Plot Starts Here ... Showtime Starts Here By Ian Thomsen, July 19, 2010 In February 2006, during All-Star weekend, LeBron James , Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade posed together for SI. Not long after, they started talking about forming an alliance that would change the NBA for years to come.

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