Numbers don’t lie, Heat Nation has been of the most emphatic fanbases in the NBA during the 2019-20 season.
Holding a 27-5 record at home, Miami fans have seemed to have cracked the code to home-court advantage. Yet, there are always those supporters who stick with the culture only when things go right.
We decided to create the Heat Commandments, a number of simple rules ALL Miami Heat fans must respect, praise, and follow.
1. Pat Riley Is The Godfather
From his time as a head coach to now president of the Heat, Pat Riley has always settled the franchise in the right direction. Since joining the organization in 1995, Miami has missed the playoffs just six times, won three championships, been to five NBA Finals, and signed/traded for some of the greatest players of the 21st century.
From trading for Shaquille O’Neal prior to the 2004-05 season, to signing LeBron James and Chris Bosh to form the Big 3 alongside Dwyane Wade in 2010, Riley has never remained complacent and is all for winning games.
Riley’s ability to draft All-Star talents such as Dwyane Wade and Bam Adebayo, plus find hidden gems like Udonis Haslem, Duncan Robinson, and Kendrick Nunn goes to show the power and potential the most successful man in the history of basketball holds.
2. Dwyane Wade Is The Greatest Heat Of All-Time
There’s an important distinction between the greatest player to play for the Heat and the greatest player to ever put on a Heat jersey. Whoever believes LeBron James is superior over Dwayne Wade in regards to All-Time Miami Heat greatness is wrongfully mistaken.
The ‘305’ has never seen such a dynamic superstar like Wade play for their city in any professional sport. Wade’s legendary 2006 Finals takeover, averaging 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.7 steals in route to the Heat’s first championship was just the beginning.
Two more championships and 14 years later, Wade’s jersey No. 3 hangs in the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena in respect to the countless memories he gave to the organization.
3. There’s No Liking Paul Pierce
This rule won’t be hard for anyone, literally.
Paul Pierce, also known as The Truth, hasn’t been able to wash away the saltiness he holds after Miami closed the curtain of success in his late-career. Two weeks ago, Pierce went on ESPN’s The Jump and stated that the 2019-20 Heat team are nowhere near championship contenders.
“If the Miami Heat are close, that means every team in the NBA is close,” said Pierce. “You’re close if you have a top 5 player playing on your team. That is the main ingredient.”
This won’t be the first time he’s made silly comments, stating on national television that a prime Celtics Big 3 would top the prime Heat Big 3.
“That’s easy!”, said Pierce. “If we were all in our prime and they [Heat] were all in their prime, they’d be sitting on no championships right now.”
The Truth also said that his career overmatches that of Dwyane Wade’s.
“I could say that off the bat. That’s me.” Said Pierce. “If you give me Shaq, if you give me LeBron,… if you give me these guys early in my career,… I’d be sitting on four or five championships.”
Needless to say, Miami Heat fans have no time to entertain Pierce and his foolishness.