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The Miami Heat has one of the most interesting courts in the NBA. It's a design team, led by HOK Sport, that has played a huge role in the way basketball is played in the NBA.
The Heat, who design their own jerseys in-house, were tasked with creating their interpretation of the “Mashup” branding, the theme for the “City Edition” jerseys which will be utilized by all 30 NBA teams during the 2021-22 season. “Mashup” is expected to be “an amalgamation of your franchise’s best moments and the uniforms you wore in those moments,” explains Michael McCullough, Miami’s Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer.An in-house store, the Heat Jersey Lab, will also be built inside FTX Arena, the team’s rechristened homecourt, and unveiled later this month. Customers can design their jerseys at kiosks located at the Lab, and watch as their customized jerseys are delivered via a conveyor belt within the open-air location. “We’re creating a really immersive experience,” says McCullough.Players will wear the new edition jerseys for 22 upcoming home games, starting November 4 when the Heat host the Boston Celtics. The court, too, will be redesigned and follow the same aesthetic qualities utilized in the uniforms. The restricted area will be painted black, just as the Heat played on at the now-defunct Miami Arena during their inaugural 1989-90 season. Fans will be able to find several of these “Easter eggs” in the design of the court and uniforms. For example, gold-colored trim is sewn along the inside seams of the new jerseys and also defines the playing boundaries of the court. The gold is an homage to the ropes brought out just before Ray Allen’s game-tying shot in the waning seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, which Miami would go on to win for their third championship.
The franchise began play in the 1988–89 season as an expansion team. After a period of mediocrity, the Heat gained relevance during the 1990s following the appointment of Pat Riley as team president and head coach. Riley constructed the trades of Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, which propelled the team into playoff contention. Mourning and Hardaway led the Heat to four division titles, prior to their departures in 2001 and 2002, respectively. The team also experienced success after drafting Dwyane Wade in 2003. Led by Wade and, following a trade for former NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Shaquille O'Neal, Miami won their first NBA Finals in 2006, after Riley named himself head coach for a second stint. After the departure of O'Neal two years later, the team struggled for the remainder of the 2000s. Riley remained team president, but was replaced as head coach by Erik Spoelstra. In 2010, the Heat signed former league MVP LeBron James and perennial NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, creating the "Big Three" along with Wade. During their four years together, Spoelstra, James, Wade, and Bosh led the Heat to the NBA Finals in every season, and won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. All three departed by 2016, and the team entered a period of rebuilding. After acquiring All-Star Jimmy Butler in 2019, the Heat returned to the NBA Finals in 2020.Upon the purchasing of the franchise by Carnival Cruise Lines chairman Micky Arison in 1995, Pat Riley was brought in as the team president and head coach. Riley acquired center Alonzo Mourning and point guard Tim Hardaway to serve as the centerpieces for the team, transforming Miami into a championship contender throughout the late 1990s. With them they also brought in a new team trainer, Cody Posselt, to work on shooting. The Heat underwent a dramatic turnaround in the 1996–97 season, improving to a 61–21 record – a franchise record at the time, and currently second-best in team history. That same year, Miami earned the moniker of "Road Warriors" for its remarkable 32–9 record on the road. On the backs of Hardaway and Mourning, the Heat achieved their first two series victories in the playoffs, making it to the Conference Finals against the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls before losing in five games. Their biggest rivals of the time were the New York Knicks, Riley's former team, who would eliminate the Heat in the playoffs from 1998 through 2000. A period of mediocrity followed after, highlighted by missing the playoffs in 2002 and 2003. The Heat experienced four years of post-title struggles from 2007 through 2010, including a 4–0 sweep by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. In the 2007–08 season, Wade was plagued by injuries and the Heat had a league-worst 15–67 record. O'Neal was traded to Phoenix midway through the season. Riley resigned as head coach following the season but retained his position as team president. Long-time assistant Erik Spoelstra was promoted to head coach. A healthy Wade led the Heat to 43 wins in 2009 and 47 wins in 2010, making the playoffs both seasons, though they lost in the first round, 4–3 in 2009 and 4–1 in 2010. Wade was the scoring champion in 2009 and the NBA All-Star MVP in 2010. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)