The Miami Heat are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida. The team was founded in 1988 and joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) as one of the expansion franchises. Since their early years, the Miami Heat have attracted national attention thanks to a string of stellar players and on-court success. One of the most significant moments in the history of the Miami Heat was the acquisition of Shaquille O'Neal in 2004, which led to the formation of a super team together with Dwyane Wade. The duo led the Heat to their first NBA Finals victory in 2006, becoming champions for the first time in franchise history. In 2010, the Miami Heat made another big splash, signing free agent LeBron James. The signing of James brought great excitement and anticipation around the team, and along with Wade and Chris Bosh, James led the Miami Heat to four consecutive NBA Finals from 2011 to 2014, winning two titles in 2012 and 2013.
In addition to their victories on the field, the Miami Heat are known for their tireless philanthropy in the Miami community. The team has a strong connection with the city and their players are involved in various charity programs and social initiatives to help those in need. The Miami Heat play their home games at the American Airlines Arena and are prized by their fans for their spectacular offensive jousting and defensive tenacity. Miami Heat fans, known as the "Heat Nation," are known for their enthusiasm and passionate support of the team.