For the second time in three years, the Miami Heat are just a few wins away from an NBA championship. The title would be Miami’s fourth in franchise history. The three others came between 2006 and 2013.
So, with the Heat’s title chances still alive, we decided to rank their three championships. We based the criteria on each path their teams took to the Larry O’Brien Trophy and what the titles meant for the franchise’s overall legacy.
Without further ado, here’s a ranking of the Heat’s three championships.
3. LeBron James’ first title in 2012
This championship is hard to rank. It’s meaningful in regards to Heat franchise history and even NBA history, but Miami’s path in 2012 wasn’t as difficult as the next one on this list.
The title was the first of the Big Three era. It was also the first of LeBron James’ four titles. The Heat lost in the Finals the year before but came back and went 46-20 in a lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. Miami then beat the New York Knicks 4-1 in the first round and the Indiana Pacers 4-2 in the conference semifinals.
The Boston Celtics, though, gave them their most significant challenge in the Eastern Conference Finals, taking a 3-2 lead after five games. But James scored 45 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in a Game 6 win before dropping 31 points and 12 rebounds in Game 7. The Heat won the series 4-3.
James and company then had a much easier time in the NBA Finals. They faced Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the title round but won the series in five games. James won Finals MVP with 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game, while Dwyane Wade averaged 22.6 points and Chris Bosh 14.6.
2. The Big Three’s second championship in 2013
There’s a belief out there that only real championship teams repeat. Whether you believe that or not, the Heat did just that in 2013. This title helped solidify the Big Three’s legacy as an all-time great trio, but it also provided them with difficult obstacles.
The Heat had a terrific regular season in 2012-13, going 66-16. They then swept the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round and beat the Chicago Bulls 4-1 in the conference semifinals.
However, Paul George and the Indiana Pacers gave them everything they had in the conference finals, taking them to seven games.
Miami claimed a 3-2 lead after Game 5, but Indiana won 91-77 in Game 6 to tie things 3-3. James’ 32 points in Game 7 then clinched a third straight Finals appearance for the Heat.
Their NBA Finals matchup wasn’t any easier, either. The Heat faced the San Antonio Spurs, who had won four championships between 1999 and 2007. The Spurs took a 3-2 series lead and led 94-89 with 21 seconds left in Game 6. But a James three-pointer and a clutch Ray Allen three with five seconds left forced overtime, and the Heat eventually won 103-100. Miami then came out on top 95-88 in Game 7 to win its second straight championship.
James earned his second Finals MVP in the series with 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game. Wade also averaged 19.6 points.
1. Miami’s first-ever NBA championship in 2006
How can you not rank the franchise’s first-ever title at No. 1? The Heat lost in the conference finals with Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal in 2005 but came back and reached the NBA Finals in 2006.
Their path to the top wasn’t easy. Miami got off to a slow start in 2005-06, going 11-10 through its first 21 games. Head coach Stan Van Gundy then resigned, and Pat Riley returned to coaching the team. The Heat then went 41-20 under Riley and entered the playoffs at 52-30.
Wade and company beat the Bulls 4-2 in the first round and the New Jersey Nets 4-1 in the conference semifinals. The Heat then faced the reigning Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons in the conference finals but won in six games.
In the NBA Finals, Miami had to play the 60-22 Dallas Mavericks, led by Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas took a 2-0 lead in the series and looked ready to win the whole thing. But Wade had something to say about that, averaging 39.3 points and 8.3 rebounds between Games 3 and 6 to lead the Heat to a 4-2 series win and an NBA championship.
Wade won Finals MVP with 34.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. O’Neal added 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds to win his fourth title.
Now, the real question is whether the Heat can soon add another championship to this list. It might be time for title No. 4.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference
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Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.
However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.
For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”
Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.
According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.
Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour.
The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”
In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.
Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.
Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.
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Jodie Sweetin is married!
The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.
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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.
“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.
This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.
Congrats to the newlyweds!
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