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.

Earning His Keep By David Fleming, April 28, 1997 P.J. Brown's huge contract raised a lot of eyebrows, but he has been worth every penny to Miami.

In The Zone By Marty Burns, March 08, 1999 Tough defense and Rod Serlingesque speeches by Pat Riley have turned the undermanned Heat into a mysterious force.

Say, Ain't It 'Zo? By Phil Taylor, April 09, 2001 Despite a dire kidney disease, Alonzo Mourning of the Heat made a surprise return -- in plenty of time for the playoffs.

Miami Exit By Jack McCallum, November 03, 2003 Pat Riley quit as Heat coach, but will he return to the bench elsewhere?

A Long Way From Hot By Jack McCallum, July 05, 2006 Travel back with us to Year One of the Heat, when the team dreamed not of a championship but simply of a single victory.

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.

This Is Not Good By Lee Jenkins, November 22, 2010 It's early, but it's time for the Heat's beleaguered Big Three to bring their nasty to South Beach.

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