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Miami Heat Legends: What This Heat Free Agent Class Has To Live Up To

The Miami Heat organization hasn't been around as long as most of the clubs in the NBA, but they still have managed to establish a very rich tradition of winning and first class attitudes.

They have been around since 1988. They're first home was a place called the Miami Arena, one of the jazziest arenas of it's day.

The Heat actually had some pretty good drafts in their first two seasons. They grabbed five players that would have solid NBA careers: Glen Rice, Sherman Douglas, Kevin Edwards, Rony Seikaly and Grant Long.

The Heat would struggle for the first three years of their history, but the team would change their luck in 1991 with the drafting of Steve Smith. Behind Smith running the show with Glen Rice, the Heat would get their first trip to NBA post-season play.

That lead to the coupling of Pat Riley, Alonzo Mourning, and Tim Hardaway.

Those three would combine to lead the Heat to four consecutive Atlantic Division championships(1997-2001).

The Miami Heat are an organization that have yielded four players to play for the USA national team (Wade, Mourning, Smith, and Hardaway.)

The organization has reached the playoffs in 14 of it's 22 years in the league. Yes, the basketball gods have been good to the Heat.

Whatever players come to this club will have a steep mountain to climb if they want to go down as all-time favorites in the eyes of Heat fans.

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