The Miami Heat joined the NBA as an expansion team along with the Charlotte Hornets in 1988. Since then, the two franchises have gone in drastically different directions. The Hornets enjoyed early popularity in the ‘Queen City’ but ownership eventually alienated the fan base. The franchise would move to New Orleans in 2002 and have been renamed the ‘Pelicans’, giving the old ‘Hornets’ nickname back to the Charlotte Bobcats. Along the way, they’ve won a single division title. The Miami Heat, meanwhile, have won three NBA championships and rank among the most popular teams in the league.
After making the playoffs only twice in the Heat’s first eight years of existence, the team saw a change for the better in 1995 when Pat Riley became head coach and general manager. Riley immediately started ‘working the phones’, acquiring Alonzo Morning and Tim Hardaway as building blocks of a team that would immediately become a contender. Miami would have considerable success in the first years under Riley but wouldn’t win their first NBA title until 2005 with Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal leading the way. It was a great run featuring a number of great players, but the city of Miami hadn’t seen anything yet.
In 2010, the Heat signed LeBron James as a free agent amid pomp and ceremony more appropriate for a papal announcement. Wade was still in his prime and after acquiring Chris Bosh via free agency the ‘Big 3’ came to life. Miami would reach the NBA Finals in each of the next four seasons, winning the championship twice. The LeBron era hype also propelled the Heat into the stratosphere as one of the most popular teams in not only the NBA, but all of the professional sports. Following the 2014 playoffs, LeBron James decided to opt out of his contract and return to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.
How To Stream Heat Games Tonight
For fans wanting to watch Heat games live, it’s usually as easy as turning on the television set. Miami has appeared on national TV more times during the past four years than any team in the NBA. While much of that had to do with the popularity of LeBron James, Miami will be featured on national TV broadcasts 20 times this season. Locating a Miami Heat live stream is a bit more problematic–ESPN has decent streaming capabilities, but TNT, ABC and the Heat’s local broadcast affiliates aren’t as consistent. It’s easier to find a radio stream of tonight’s game–the Heat radio broadcasts are available in English on Miami Sports Radio 104.3 FM and 790 AM. Spanish language radio broadcasts of Miami Heat basketball air on WRTO Mix 98.3 FM. If you’re willing to drop some money to watch basketball, the NBA League Pass is a good option for both TV and streaming coverage. The service is fairly expensive, however, and subject to availability on your local cable system.
A better idea is to watch Miami Heat online for free and ignore the mishmash of broadcast TV outlets. Live sports streams for virtually any game anywhere in the world can is available online including NBA basketball. A number of websites aggregate a directory of live sports streams including Wiziwig.tv, Stream2watch.me, FirstRowSports, Sports Lemon TV and Ustream.tv. Other sites come online frequently so you should check Google for the most recent information. These directories organize live streams by sport, and you’ll have no trouble finding streaming basketball Heat games online. Once you find a Miami Heat live stream you’ll have the option of selecting from several streaming speeds to best accommodate your Internet connection and computer setup. Most of the time the streaming speed available to you is limited only by your bandwidth and computer processing speed.
Once you find a stream you’re ready to watch Heat games live. You can watch the action on your computer and if you’ve got a big enough monitor and a good sound system the experience will be just as good as watching on high definition TV. Most streams are also compatible with smartphones and tablets that run the Android or Apple operating systems. Perhaps the best way to enjoy streaming basketball Heat games live is on your television set. It’s extremely easy to watch the Miami Heat live stream on TV by using a streaming device such as the Roku player or Google Chromecast. No matter how you watch its the cheapest and most comprehensive way to enjoy Heat basketball action!