The Miami Heat are in the midst of the 2020-21 season after reaching the NBA Finals and losing to the Los Angeles Lakers. The South Florida team has a positive record and currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference. The fans have hopes that the Heat will continue to put together a strong season and ultimately return to the playoffs once again and walk away as champions once again. While the Heat continue to pursue a spot in the postseason, some of the fans spend time looking back at a promising season with an unfortunate end.
The 2010-2011 season was one of excitement due to the additions to the roster. Miami had the "big three" in Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, which prompted championship dreams. The Heat nearly brought the title back to South Florida after running through the playoffs. They defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, and Chicago Bulls during the Eastern Conference playoffs, setting up a championship series against the Dallas Mavericks. However, James and his crew couldn't capitalize on a 2-1 lead and lost the Finals to Mark Cuban's team. The team ultimately won two rings before the big names on the roster departed, but where are they as of 2021?
James is still playing in the NBA and is making his name as one of the greatest players in league history. He is in his third season with the Los Angeles Lakers and has already led the team to one title. Now he is looking for a second. Prior to joining the Lakers, however, James returned to his roots. He left the Heat and headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He led his home-state team to a championship, adding a third ring to his collection.prevnext
Following the 2010-11 season, Wade remained with the South Florida team and won two championships. He departed Miami after the 2015-16 season and spent time with both the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Wade did ultimately return to the Heat before retiring. Now he is enjoying life with his wife Gabrielle Union and their children.prevnext
A former member of the Toronto Raptors, Chris Bosh actually joined the Miami Heat the same year as James. He was the third member of the "Big Three" and remained arguably one of the best players during his time in Florida. Bosh won two rings with the Heat and earned six trips to the All-Star Weekend. Since retiring from professional basketball, Bosh has been enjoying life with his wife, Adrienne Nicole Williams, and their children.prevnext
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the Lithuanian-American center, played for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1996 until 2010. He followed James to South Florida for the 2010-11 season and nearly won a championship. Following the loss to the Mavericks, Ilgauskas chose to retire in September 2011 due to long-term physical fatigue. Following his retirement, he joined the Saint Ignatius High School staff as an assistant coach and has remained in this position since.prevnext
Carlos Arroyo spent his basketball career as a star in both the United States and overseason. He played for the Puerto Rican national team that defeated the United States in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Arroyo also spent time playing in the Israeli League. Arroyo spent two seasons with the Miami Heat, rotating with Chalmers, before ultimately heading to the Boston Celtics. Arroyo later spent time in Europe, Puerto Rico, and the Big 3. Arroyo still resides in Miami and is making an impact on the music scene. He is creating Reggaeton music and is making waves in the scene. His song, "Baila Reggaeton," has generated 4.6 million YouTube views.prevnext
Erik Spoelstra, the first-ever Asian-American coach in NBA history, moved from assistant coach to head of the team when Pat Riley stepped down in 2008. He led the Heat to the playoffs in his first season and then added big names to the roster and sparked championship hopes among the fans. The Heat did not defeat the Mavericks, but Spoelstra led the Heat to the NBA Finals four straight times, winning two rings in the process. He currently serves as the head coach of the Heat and has the intention of taking the team back to the NBA Finals after the 4-2 loss to the Lakers.prev