| Jun 5, 2013
| 7:07 PM
The one phone call that's telling, the one greeting that matters, the one word that a few years later puts these NBA Finals into proper context came just a few days after the Heat signed LeBron James.
This was in July, 2010. San Antonio coach Gregg...
| May 28, 2013
| 7:04 AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Erik Spoelstra does not want to help this story. There's a reason. He doesn't embrace fame. He finds no value in headlines. He's had enough written about him already, he seems to say.
For the past 30 minutes Monday afternoon, he...
| May 28, 2013
| 9:11 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — And then LeBron James fouled out.
This was new. This was unexpected in the final minute. This summed up how strange this strange end to Game 4 went for the Heat when LeBron made the long way to the bench with 56 seconds left for the...
| May 30, 2013
| 9:28 PM
MIAMI — Before the second half, with Heat fans on edge, LeBron James leaned into his teammates' huddle and smacked his fist loudly and repeatedly into his open hand. He yelled. He smacked his fist. The message was clear: Wake up.
| May 31, 2013
| 1:05 AM
MIAMI - The game was very much in doubt. A sold-out arena was basically silent. The chance of getting back to the NBA Finals for a third straight year could have slipped away.
Cue LeBron James.
A third quarter for the ages by the four-time MVP...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 9:03 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Down a hallway, down under Bankers Life Fieldhouse, down, down, down where the Heat's emotions resided, Heat President Pat Riley stood against a wall and said, "We'll be fine. I really believe that."
Belief. That's the emotion...
| May 26, 2013
| 8:46 PM
Erik Spoelstra was taunted by Indiana fans as he moved to midcourt. "Dirty … Dwyane," fans chanted at Dwyane Wade. Chris "Birdman" Andersen was booed whenever he went in for a lay-up, evidently on general principle.
And this was before Game 3...
| May 15, 2013
| 2:10 AM
Last month, law enforcement agencies investigating the home burglaries of Miami Heat forwards Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem were looking into the possibility that the incidents may be connected.
The players’ homes are two counties and 32 miles...
| May 8, 2013
| 6:49 PM
Ever since LeBron James chose Miami over the Bulls in summer 2010, he's been known as a crybaby in Chicago. He wants calls from the refs. He doesn't like physical play. He can't stand airline food.
All right, guessing about that last one. But we're...
| Jun 4, 2012
| 4:47 PM
The Boston Celtics-Miami Heat game on ESPN was the top Sunday show in the Orlando TV market. The Celtics won, 93-91, to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. In Orlando, the game averaged 173,100 viewers, according to early ratings. The...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 4:37 PM
The early footage of Mike Miller playing basketball might have been the most impressive to James Bates. In on film, Miller is in about fourth or fifth grade. He's skinny, but a much more athletic kid is having a hard time with him. By the end, he shoves...