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Jul 26 2010 10:33AM
MIAMI, June 22 - The Miami HEAT announced today that the Charlotte Bobcats have selected HEAT center Loren Woods in the expansion draft.
MIAMI, June 18 - "Just overall it’s a great feeling to be picking down at #19 this year after the last couple years being at 10 and 5. It’s a better feeling to have had some success during the season and see the team progress, and now still see if we can add to the team through the draft and free agency this summer."
MIAMI, June 15 - As part of its annual scholarship program, the Miami HEAT has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four graduating seniors for use toward their college education. Melanie English, graduate of McArthur High School; Kate Justus, graduate of Homestead Senior High School; Christa McKenzie, graduate of Nova High School; and Annery Pulgar, graduate of Hialeah High School each won $2,500 in scholarships after being selected from a talented pool of more than 200 hopeful applicants.
MIAMI, June 7 - Miami HEAT Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Andy Elisburg was honored at a dinner at the Doral Golf and Country Club on Saturday, June 5 with St. Thomas University’s inaugural Leader for Life Award. Miami attorney Ervin Gonzalez was also awarded the University’s inaugural Leader for Life Award.
MIAMI, June 4 - Last Friday morning was quite the happy ending to a stressful week of final exams for Hialeah High School senior Annery Pulgar. Not only did she learn that she was a recipient of one of four annual HEAT Scholarships, but she was delivered the news straight from HEAT star Caron Butler himself, who, joined by Burnie the HEAT mascot and school faculty, was waiting for her in the school’s front office to surprise her with a $2,500 check presentation.
MIAMI, June 2 - HEAT forward Lamar Odom is the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of May. With a new city and a fresh start, Odom had a breakout 2003-04 season for the HEAT, leading them to an unlikely fourth seed in the playoffs and the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Not only has Odom had tremendous success on the court, but he has also had a tremendous impact in the Miami community this season.

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MIAMI, May 21 - Attack. This is the word Dwyane Wade seems most fond of using. Ask the HEAT’s sensational rookie guard to analyze the strengths of his game and the secret to his team’s stunning success this season, and he will use it.
MIAMI, May 21 - " It has been one of those great turnarounds, which I think we needed because of the way we have struggled as a franchise and a team. When you get caught up in the season and the last 10 weeks are very intense, successful, developing basketball and end up in the second round of the playoffs against the best team in the league, you feel very good about where you are headed. "
MIAMI, May 19 - "I think the great thing for us going into the off-season is that we have a great appreciation for how far we have come and how much we have done, so there is a good feeling, but also understanding that we have a long way to go and that we could go a lot further than where we are right now, but for that to happen each of us has a lot of work to do over the next five months here in the off-season."
MIAMI, May 7 - At 6-10 with spider-like arms and superhuman skills, Lamar Odom explodes off the floor like a human exclamation point, emphatically punctuating a game, a season, a series. But before HEAT fans got to know the 24-year-old forward this season, he was closer to a dramatically different form of punctuation. He was a question mark.
NEW YORK, April 27 - Miami’s Dwyane Wade joined Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and Cleveland's LeBron James as unanimous selections to the got milk? NBA All-Rookie First team as each received 56 points. They were joined on the First Team by Toronto’s Chris Bosh (53 points), and Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich (52 points).
MIAMI, April 22 - It wasn’t always pretty. It wasn’t ever easy. But now, it can be said with absolute, undeniable certainty: Caron Butler is back.
MIAMI, April 21 - Leave it to HEAT rookie sensation Dwyane Wade to not only lead the HEAT to Sunday’s victory with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists, but to hit the 1.2-seconds-left game-winning jumper that would cause the instantaneous eruption of AmericanAirlines Arena and give the HEAT a 81-79 nail-biting win and a 1-0 edge in the best-of-7 series vs. the New Orleans Hornets.
MIAMI, April 16 - The story continues to sweeten for the Miami HEAT. After falling into 0-7 and 5-15 holes to start the 2003-04 season, the HEAT found their focus, pulled together and exploded down the stretch. With an NBA-best 17-4 record over the final 21 games, the HEAT finished 42-40 and landed their first playoff appearance since 2001.
MIAMI, April 12 - The Miami HEAT announced prior to tonight’s game at Boston that they have activated center Wang Zhi-Zhi and have placed center Loren Woods on the injured list with a lower back strain.
MIAMI, April 9 - Upon learning that his relentless HEAT team had clinched a spot in the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2001, HEAT Head Coach Stan Van Gundy put it best: “We are where we are because there are 15 guys in that locker room who truly understand what it is to be a team. We won our way in to these playoffs, and for our team, and from what we came from, it’s an absolute great achievement. This team deserves the rewards.”
MIAMI, Apr. 1 - Miami HEAT Head Coach Stan Van Gundy was named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for the month of March this afternoon after guiding the HEAT to an Eastern Conference best 12-3 record last month. This marks the first time in his career that Van Gundy has earned Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors and marks the fourth time in franchise history a Miami HEAT head coach has captured Coach of the Month honors.
MIAMI, Mar. 31 - The Miami HEAT announced prior to tonight’s game against Atlanta that they have activated center Loren Woods and have placed center Wang Zhi-Zhi on the injured list with a right great toe turf toe.
MIAMI, Mar. 26 - With an extra swagger in his step these days, HEAT veteran Eddie Jones is enjoying the sweet taste of victory right along with his hardworking teammates.

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MIAMI, Mar. 18 - The HEAT started the the season by losing a legendary coach and losing their first seven. What has happened since that point has the NBA and national media buzzing about one of the league's biggest turnarounds.
MIAMI, March 18 - By now you know that Dwyane Wade is one of the outstanding members of this year's rookie class, averaging 16.2 points and 4.3 assists per game for the HEAT. His aggressive style has astounded the league and has turned the heads of fans and the media, many of whom declare that he is firmly in the "Rookie of the Year" running.
The basketball court is not the only place where HEAT Point Guard Rafer Alston is a natural. With an outgoing personality and the charisma to go along with it, Rafer is right at home in front of a television camera as well. Already making a name for himself to home audiences, HEAT fans can catch him on the tube, as he is broadcasting a weekly segment on the Sports Jam Sunday Show, which can be seen on WPLG-ABC 10 from 11:26 p.m. to 11:56 p.m. on Sundays.
MIAMI, Mar. 16 - The Miami HEAT and Sunshine Network, a Fox-owned regional sports network, today announced a new long-term agreement providing Sunshine exclusive regional television rights to the NBA franchise. This agreement extends a successful television and marketing partnership that began between the two parties more than a decade ago.
NEW YORK, Mar. 10 - The NBA and ESPN announced this afternoon the HEAT’s Mar. 26 home game against the Dallas Mavericks will now be broadcast nationally on ESPN. It can still be seen locally on UPN-33. The time of the game was been switched from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to accommodate the national television broadcast. ESPN has dropped its previously scheduled New Jersey at Boston contest in favor of the HEAT-Mavericks match-up.

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NEW YORK, March 8 -- Lamar Odom and Houston Rockets' Yao Ming were named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 1 through Sunday, March 7. Odom led the HEAT to a 2-1 record this week, averaging 23.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. His 30-point, 19-rebound, 11-assist triple-double against Sacramento marked just the sixth 30-15-10 game in the NBA since 1989 and only the fourth triple-double in HEAT history.
MIAMI, Mar. 4 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced prior to tonight’s game against Milwaukee that the HEAT has activated guard Bimbo Coles and placed center Loren Woods on the injured list with a lower back strain.
MIAMI, Mar. 1 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced today that rookie guard Dwyane Wade, who was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week, is expected to miss between seven-to-ten days after suffering a right mid foot bone contusion in yesterday afternoon’s game at Milwaukee. The injury occurred with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter, but Wade returned to action in the second quarter. He came out of the game for good with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter.
MIAMI, Feb. 23 - Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week this afternoon after leading the HEAT to a perfect 3-0 week with all three victories coming by double figures (20.3 ppg scoring margin). Wade becomes the seventh player in HEAT history to earn NBA Player of the Week honors and the first since Eddie Jones received the honors on Jan. 7, 2002.

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MIAMI, Feb. 21 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced prior to tonight’s game against Denver that the HEAT has activated forward Samaki Walker and placed guard Bimbo Coles on the injured list with metatarsal contusions of both feet.
MIAMI, Feb. 11 — The HEAT is proud to announce that two facets of the HEAT Group’s Business Operations have been honored for being the best in its divisions. HEAT.com, the team’s official Web site, and the HEAT’s Retail Operations Department, responsible for the buying and selling of all HEAT merchandise in the AmericanAirlines Arena and on HEAT.com, have been presented separate awards.
MIAMI, Feb. 6 - The Miami HEAT announced today that the 2004-05 Season Ticket Renewal Process has begun. In an unprecedented move, HEAT staff members, as an extension of the popular Buddy Program guest service initiative, will be hand-delivering the renewal packages and personally contacting each HEAT season ticket holder during the renewal process.
MIAMI, Feb. 7 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced prior to today’s game against New York that the HEAT has activated forward Rasual Butler from the injured list and placed center Wang Zhi-Zhi on the injured list with a sprained right ankle.
NEW YORK, Jan. 27 - Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade, the fifth overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft and Miami HEAT forward Udonis Haslem lead a list of 18 players selected to play in the 2004 got milk? Rookie Challenge on Friday, February 13 in Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center.
MIAMI, Jan. 26 - Continuing with their efforts to put education first, the Miami HEAT, with the support of the NBA, Home Depot and Dell, Inc., has taken their successful and effective Read To Achieve and HEAT Academy programs to a new level, as they unveil the grand opening of their first-ever Reading & Learning Center on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary, 505 N.W. 20th St., Miami. Pizza Hut will be providing food for all guests.
MIAMI, Jan. 19 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced today that rookie guard Dwyane Wade, who injured his right wrist in a fall at Washington on Dec. 26 and has missed 10 of Miami’s last 12 games, had the cast removed from his wrist today and had the wrist placed in a splint. Wade was placed on the injured list on Jan. 2 with bone contusions on his right wrist. He will now begin therapy and can practice on a limited basis.
MIAMI, Jan. 13 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced prior to tonight’s game at Sacramento that the HEAT has activated forward Udonis Haslem from the injured list and placed forward Samaki Walker on the injured list with right ankle bone spurs.
MIAMI, Jan. 2 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced prior to tonight’s game with the Orlando Magic that the HEAT has activated forward Jerome Beasley from the injured list and placed guard Dwyane Wade on the injured list with a bone contusion of his right wrist.
MIAMI. Dec. 29 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced this afternoon that the team has activated center Wang Zhi-Zhi from the injured list and placed forward Udonis Haslem on the injured list with a right knee sprain and a strained Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL).
MIAMI, Dec. 28 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced this evening that the team has activated forward Samaki Walker from the injured list and placed forward John Wallace on the injured list with right knee tendinitis.
MIAMI, Dec. 8 - Recognizing HEAT Director of Television Game Broadcasts Ted Ballard for his excellence in executing the coordination of all audio and visual elements of HEAT game broadcasts for Sunshine Network, the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Ballard with an Emmy for Individual Achievement In Directing.
MIAMI, Dec. 1 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced this morning that the team has signed free agent center Wang Zhizhi to a multi-year deal and has requested waivers on forward Tyrone Hill.
MIAMI, Nov. 7 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced this afternoon that the team has activated forward Caron Butler from the injured list and placed forward Malik Allen on the injured list.
MIAMI, Nov. 7 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced this morning that the team has signed free agent forward Tyrone Hill and has asked waivers on guard Kirk Penney.
MIAMI, Nov. 6 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced this afternoon that forward Malik Allen underwent successful surgery this morning. Allen had surgery to remove a bone spur on his right foot. The procedure was performed by HEAT team physician Dr. Jim Losito at Mercy Hospital. Allen will be required to wear a boot and is expected to be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks.
MIAMI, Nov. 3 - Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced this afternoon that the team has signed free agent guard Kirk Penney and has placed Samaki Walker on the injured list due to complaints about his right shoulder.
HEAT Announces Opening Day Roster
MIAMI, Oct. 28 - The Miami HEAT announced its 2003-04 opening day roster this afternoon. In addition, the HEAT announced that Caron Butler and Rasual Butler were placed on the injured list. Caron Butler had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 4th and is still in rehabilitation, while Rasual Butler suffered a fourth metacarpal fracture to his left hand. The team also has requested waivers on forward/center Cherokee Parks and forward Sean Lampley.
MIAMI, Oct. 24 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced this afternoon that he has decided to step down as Head Coach of the Miami HEAT, but will continue to serve as team President. HEAT Managing General Partner Micky Arison and Riley jointly announced that former Assistant Head Coach Stan Van Gundy has been elevated to head coach. Van Gundy becomes the fifth head coach in franchise history.
MIAMI, Oct. 21 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced this afternoon that the team has requested waivers on center Isaac Austin.
MIAMI, Oct. 14 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced this afternoon that the team has requested waivers on guard Joe Crispin.

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MIAMI, Oct. 4 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced today that forward Caron Butler underwent successful surgery this morning. Butler had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at HealthSouth Doctors Hospital.
MIAMI, Oct.1-5 - Follow all of the events of the HEAT's 2003 Training Camp.
MIAMI, Oct. 1 -The Miami HEAT and WIOD-610 AM today announced a new five-year partnership agreement. The new agreement with Clear Channel-South Florida will result in every HEAT game being carried on South Florida radio station WIOD-610 AM. In addition, HEAT game broadcasts will be aired on WBZT-1290 AM in West Palm Beach for the first time.
MIAMI, Sept. 30 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced this afternoon that the team has signed free agent forward/center Cherokee Parks. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, Sept. 29 - HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced September 29 that free agents Isaac Austin and Joe Crispin have signed contracts with the team. Per team policy, terms of their respective deals were not released.
MIAMI, Sept. 23 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced this afternoon that the team has signed free agent guard Bimbo Coles. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, Sept. 10 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced this afternoon that the team has re-signed free agent forward Malik Allen. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, Sept. 4 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced September 4th that the team has signed Jerome Beasley, its 2003 second-round draft choice (33rd overall). As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, Sept. 4 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced September 4th that the team has signed free agent guard Rafer Alston. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MIAMI, Aug. 27 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced August 27 that the team has officially added swingman Lamar Odom to the HEAT roster. Under NBA rules, the Los Angeles Clippers had 15 days to match the HEAT’s offer sheet and had until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday night to decide whether to re-sign their former first-round NBA Draft pick. The HEAT extended the offer sheet on August 11th.
  • Aug 28: Official Press Conference Transcript
  • Aug. 29: Lamar Odom Online Chat Transcript
  • MIAMI, Aug. 20 - Official Press Conference Transcript
    MIAMI, Aug. 19 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced August 19th that the team has signed its top pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, 6’4”, 210-pound guard Dwyane Wade from Marquette University, who the HEAT selected with the fifth overall pick. Wade was Miami’s highest draft pick since the HEAT selected Steve Smith with the fifth pick of the 1991 NBA Draft and the highest draftee in school history.
    MIAMI, Aug. 11 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced the team has signed swingman Lamar Odom to an offer sheet. Under NBA rules, the Los Angeles Clippers now have 15 days to match the offer or the restricted free agent will become a member of the HEAT. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
    MIAMI, Aug. 8 The Miami HEAT announced on Friday, Aug. 8 that free agent forward John Wallace and center Loren Woods have signed contracts with the team. Per team policy, terms of their respective deals were not released.
    MIAMI, Aug. 6 - The Miami HEAT announced August 6 that free agent forward Udonis Haslem has signed a contract with the team. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
    MIAMI, Aug. 1 - The Miami HEAT announced August 1 that free agent forward Samaki Walker has signed a contract with the team. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
    MIAMI, July 16 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced July 16 that the team has signed All-Star forward Elton Brand to an offer sheet. Under NBA rules, the Los Angeles Clippers now have 15 days to match the offer or the restricted free agent will become a member of the HEAT. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
    ORLANDO, July 8-12 - Your Miami HEAT completed the Pepsi Pro Summer League with a 3-2 record. Both Caron Butler and rookie Dwyane Wade averaged 13.4 points per game throughout the series, tying for 7th in the league in scoring. Brian Cardinal ranked second in the league in steals.
    MIAMI, July 7 - Miami HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick was elected the 2002-03 Physician of the Year by the National Basketball Trainers Association (NBTA) at the recently completed Chicago Pre-Draft Camp. Selesnick is the second physician to capture the annual award, following Dr. John Hefferon, the inaugural winner.
    MIAMI, June 30 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced June 30 that the team has picked up the contract options on forwards Rasual Butler and Sean Lampley. The club made a qualifying offer to forward Malik Allen, making him a restricted free agent. The HEAT did not extend qualifying offers to guards Eddie House and Mike James, making them unrestricted free agents.
    MIAMI, June 30 - Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced June 30th that the team has requested waivers on forward LaPhonso Ellis. Ellis, a 6’8”, 240-pound forward, was signed by the HEAT as a free agent on July 28, 2001. In his two years with Miami, Ellis appeared in 121 games and made 17 starts.
    MIAMI, June 26 - The Miami HEAT selected 6’10”, 241-pound forward Jerome Beasley from the University of North Dakota with the 33rd pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. Beasley, the 2002-03 NCAA Division II Player of the Year, gained national attention after being named MVP of the 2003 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament where he averaged 14 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor.
    MIAMI, June 26 - The Miami HEAT selected 6’4”, 210-pound guard Dwyane Wade from Marquette University with the fifth pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. Wade was Miami’s highest draft pick since the HEAT selected Steve Smith with the fifth pick of the 1991 NBA Draft and the highest draftee in school history.