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The Miami Heat is already attracting a lot of attention for this year's City Edition uniforms, which seeks to unite all of the team's other uniforms into one, it seems. From the day the franchise was founded, Miami has always been a team that’s as vibrant as the city where it plays. The 2021-22 Nike NBA Miami Heat City Edition Uniform honors a history of winning championships on the court and defining culture off of it.The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team based in Miami. The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The club plays its home games at FTX Arena, and has won three NBA championships. In 1987 the NBA granted one of its four new expansion teams to Miami (the others being the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, and the Minnesota Timberwolves) and the team, known as the Heat began play in November 1988. The Miami Heat began their early years with much mediocrity, only making the playoffs two times in their first eight years and falling in the first round both times. The rivalry between the New York Knicks and the expansion Miami Heat was a result of their four consecutive playoff series from 1997 to 2000. Each series went seven games. The rivalry's central figure was Pat Riley, the head coach of both teams (the early 1990s for the Knicks and the late 1990s for the Heat). Jeff Van Gundy took over Riley's stint as head coach of the Knicks, while his elder brother Stan Van Gundy was simultaneously an assistant coach for the Heat. Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning had been friends from their Georgetown college basketball period. Larry Johnson, one of the Knicks, held bad blood with Mourning as far back as their days in the Charlotte Hornets. rivalry would continue into the 2013 NBA Playoffs when the Heat would play the Bulls in the second round. The Bulls ended another Miami Heat winning streak by beating the Heat 93–87 in Game 1. The Heat came back in Game 2 and set a record for the largest margin of victory in franchise playoff history with a 115–78 win. The Bulls also set a record for the worst playoff defeat in franchise history. The 51 personal fouls were the most in a playoff game since 1995. In Game 3, Nazr Mohammed was ejected for shoving LeBron James early in the second quarter. Norris Cole had his jersey ripped by Taj Gibson while driving to the basket for a layup. Joakim Noah was seen applauding and cheering on the image of Chris Bosh arguing with Mario Chalmers. Noah received a technical foul for shoving Chris Andersen after he fell on Nate Robinson. Chalmers received a flagrant foul for ringing his arm around Noah's neck. Taj Gibson and Noah were both ejected in the same game for yelling at the referees.
There have been six head coaches for the Miami Heat. Ron Rothstein was the franchise's first head coach, serving from 1988 through 1991; he remains as assistant coach. Kevin Loughery was his successor from 1991 to 1995, guiding the Heat to their first two playoff berths in 1992 and 1994. Loughery was fired 46 games into the 1994–95 season, posting a 17–29 record. Alvin Gentry, an assistant coach who joined in 1991, was brought in to replace Loughery on an interim basis. Miami went 15–21 for the final 36 games, and Gentry moved to the Detroit Pistons the following season. “Tyler Herro gets drafted by the Miami Heat, wearing this frickin’ Vice-colored suit!” McCullough said. “He comes to Miami and the first thing that he asks is, ‘Hey, man, can I get my picture taken in one of those Vice uniforms?’ That’s what he wanted. … The first thing that we showed Jimmy Butler, when he came to Miami for his visit, is a Vice uniform. He wanted to see himself in a Vice uniform.” " The cool thing about Miami Mashup is that it's a uniform that allows HEAT Nation to enjoy and celebrate so many of the reasons why they love their Miami HEAT," Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael McCullough said. "There are numerous moments and memories wrapped up in the design of the uniform, that, as you spend more time with the uniform, you find another element that you were not expecting, which brings another flood of good feelings." (Source: www.nbcmiami.com)
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. 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 rivalry would continue into the 2013 NBA Playoffs when the Heat would play the Bulls in the second round. The Bulls ended another Miami Heat winning streak by beating the Heat 93–87 in Game 1. The Heat came back in Game 2 and set a record for the largest margin of victory in franchise playoff history with a 115–78 win. The Bulls also set a record for the worst playoff defeat in franchise history. The 51 personal fouls were the most in a playoff game since 1995. In Game 3, Nazr Mohammed was ejected for shoving LeBron James early in the second quarter. Norris Cole had his jersey ripped by Taj Gibson while driving to the basket for a layup. Joakim Noah was seen applauding and cheering on the image of Chris Bosh arguing with Mario Chalmers. Noah received a technical foul for shoving Chris Andersen after he fell on Nate Robinson. Chalmers received a flagrant foul for ringing his arm around Noah's neck. Taj Gibson and Noah were both ejected in the same game for yelling at the referees.
A recent rivalry was triggered with the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Although the two previously met in the 2004 NBA Playoffs (when Indiana won 4–2), as of 2014, the only player still left from either team is Udonis Haslem of the Heat. Both head coaches were fined for statements made relating to the officiating: Frank Vogel accused the Heat of flopping before the series started, while Erik Spoelstra took offense to what he perceived to be deliberate head-hunting of his players on the part of the Pacers. Indiana took a 2–1 lead after Miami's Chris Bosh was sidelined with an abdominal strain. Powered by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Miami won three straight games to take the series, 4–2. The series was marked by several suspensions, flagrant fouls, and confrontations between the players: Tyler Hansbrough's flagrant foul on Dwyane Wade (which drew blood), Udonis Haslem's retaliatory flagrant foul on Hansborough (which led to Haslem's Game 6 suspension), Wade colliding with Darren Collison in transition, Juwan Howard confronting Lance Stephenson over the latter's flashing of the choke sign to James, and Dexter Pittman elbowing Stephenson in the neck (which led to his own three-game suspension). Indiana's Danny Granger received technical fouls in three consecutive games for his confrontations with Heat players; he stripped James of his headband in Game 2 while attempting to block a shot, pulled the back of James' jersey in Game 3 while trying to stop a fast-break, and chest-bumped Wade in Game 4 after the latter was fouled by Roy Hibbert. Out with the orange, in with the new. In the 1999–2000 season, Miami underwent a wardrobe update. The new jerseys featured striped panels on both sides, updated numerals, a shift from orange to a bold yellow, and a wishbone collar to bring the HEAT into the new millennium. Along with our new uniforms came tweaked wordmarks and logos, complete with the same updated red and gold to replace the previous red and orange. The uniforms arrived just in time for Y2K — but without the fear of losing everything in a computer crisis.11. Vice Versa. Hey Siri, how can I completely ruin something that is perfect? The Vice Versa is what happens when greed and a shortened offseason get drunk and make a baby. The Heat will never top these hideous jerseys. The only thing worse than the shirts is the court the Heat plays on when wearing them. Unfortunately, these will live on for years in gyms and on beaches across South Florida. The OG Vice jerseys blew everyone's mind when they were first dropped, but they've since been made to look quite average in comparison to what the team released in the following years. These are probably the ones that look best on the average Heat fan walking around South Beach.The Miami Heat are traditionally the undisputed heavyweight champions of alternate basketball jerseys. Over the years, the Heat have always been the leader in best annual one-off looks, but the true knockout punches commenced in 2017 when Miami unveiled and sold more of its 'Vice' jerseys than the City Edition uniforms of all other 29 NBA teams combined. “Vice launches and I thought something was wrong, because the numbers were changing so fast. It was like a rocket that kept going and going,“ McCullough recently recalled. “I’m like, ‘This can’t be right.’ We’re on the phone with our data people and they’re like, ‘No … this s— is on fire.’ … Andy got on the phone right then with Nike and was like, ‘We want more jerseys. We need to order more.’ To me, that was the ‘aha’ moment.” the start of 2018, the Heat’s roster didn’t have a major star, with rookie Bam Adebayo still two years removed from his first All-Star appearance in 2020. Then, two weeks after the debut of the Heat’s first Vice uniform, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Wade back to Miami. On Feb. 9, 2018, Wade’s first night back with the Heat, the white edition of the Vice jersey awaited in his locker. (He’d play the final 93 games of his career there, wearing three editions of the team’s Vice uniforms before retiring in 2019.) For a team that comes out with the best looking jerseys every year, this design just isn’t working. I understand that they were going for the 75th anniversary theme, trying to combine elements from all their previous jerseys, but this looks like an arts and crafts project. But here, I am seeing a uniform that does nothing more than slightly rearrange some of the trimming. Believe me, I have looked at these things for a while and just don't see any significant difference. There is no good reason why any fan would want to purchase these jerseys as opposed to the normal black ones that the Heat wear. (Source: bleacherreport.com)