Miami Car Rentals and the Miami Heat
Are you ready to feel the HEAT?! The Miami Heat professional basketball team has been a member of the National Basketball Association since 1988, providing fans from around the world with pulse pounding action and edge-of-your seat athleticism. Based in Miami, the Heat currently play all of their home games at the spacious American Airlines Arena, under the guidance of head coach Stan Van Gundy. Although the Heat have yet to win an NBA Championship they are currently looking forward to an ultra-competitive 2005-2006 season. During their short time in the NBA the Heat have posted five Division Titles, visiting the Easter Conference Finals in both 1997 and 2004 where they were defeated first by the New York Knicks, and then again by the Detroit Pistons. The city of Miami is very much a basketball town, so donít miss your chance to watch the Heat, bring the heat during your upcoming Miami car rental vacation! Tickets are currently on sale for all 2005-2006 home games, so go ahead and scoop up your tickets today!
Hardly anyone noticed when the Miami Heat bounced onto the NBA scene in 1988, as they proceeded to post dismal records for the next four years. The Heat finally made the playoffs in 1992 thanks to the performance of outside shooter Steve Smith and the ball handling of Rony Seikaly. The Heat would soon be defeated by the Chicago Bulls, who would later go on to win the NBA Championship. The teamís fortunes slowly began to change after the 1992 season as the Heat began to rebuild their offense, acquiring high profile players like center Alonzo Mourning and point guard Tim Hardaway. Supporting players like Jamal Mashburn, Voshon Lenard and P.J. Brown also joined the team, which would quickly rise to the top of their Division. The Heatís glory didnít come easy though, as the team engaged in a bitter battle with their Eastern Conference rivals, the New York Knicks. The Heat were forced to take on the Knicks in four consecutive post-season series, defeating New York only once during the 1997 playoffs. The new millennium brought plenty of changes to the Miami lineup, disrupting the teamís flow and playoff potential until the 2003-2004 season.
The 2004-2005 Season
The 2004-2005 season proved to be a turning point for the Miami Heat as they acquired three major players via a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers. Brian Grant, Caron Butler and Shaquille OíNeal became a pivotal part of the Heatís defense, as the team went on to win their Division Title, playing the Detroit Pistons for the Eastern Conference Championship. The Heat would eventually lose to the Pistons in game seven. The Heat have continued to beef up their lineup during the 2005 off-season, acquiring Jason Williams and James Posey from the Memphis Grizzlies, and Eddie Hones and Antoine Walker via the Boston Celtics. All in all the future is looking might bright for the Miami Heat squad so donít miss your chance to check them out live during your upcoming Miami car rental vacation!
The Miami Heat are proud to be a pivotal part of the Miami community, providing numerous charities with both player appearances and financial support. The Heat also sponsor a variety of education programs, athletic camps and community activities, while at the same time running three of their own foundations. More than just a sports team, the Miami Heat franchise is dedicated to making the most of their position in the community, providing under-privileged kids with the ability to believe and succeed. The Heat are currently involved in programs like the Read to Achieve series, the Shoot for the Stars Program and the Heat Family Outreach Foundation. If you would like to learn more about what you can do to support the Heat during your upcoming Miami car rental vacation please visit the Heatís official website at www.nba.com/heat.