Happy 46th Birthday to Dan Majerle. Majerle was born on September 9th, 1965 in Traverse City, Michigan. Majerle stayed local for college when selected to attend Central Michigan University, a short two hour drive south from Traverse City. He was selected 14th overall by the Phoenix Suns in 1988 and was actually booed by Suns fans when his name was announced. That wouldn’t last long.
During the 1988-89 season, Majerle came off the bench as the Suns 6th man, but he quickly became a fan favorite. He was known as a powerful dunker early in his career, but really developed a knack for timely perimeter shooting and superior defense as he matured in the league. In 1992, Majerle became the first player to be selected as a starter for an NBA All-Star game even though he didn’t start for his own team. He was asked to play for the United States in the '94 World Championships and went on to win a Gold Medal as a part of the Dream Team II. He would end his career with the Suns in 2002 having been selected to 3 All-Star games and two All-Defensive Second Teams. In March of 2003, Majerle was elected into the Suns Ring of Honor and his # 9 jersey was retired by the team. He is currently the Assistant Head Coach for the Suns. Happy Birthday Dan!
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Now that this season's NBA Finals matchup has been finalized, who will win it all?
When you look at the matchup, it has a good guys versus bad guys feel to it. It is a story of redemption versus validation. It feels scripted. The Dallas Mavericks are the feel good story. It’s a story of redemption for Dirk Nowitzki, after the Mavericks blew a 2-0 series lead in the NBA finals five years ago. After years of hearing “he is soft” and “he can’t close out games,” Dirk has slayed almost all of his demons in these NBA playoffs. The only demon left to vanquish is winning an NBA Championship. And who do Dirk and Mavericks need to get through to win that title? The Miami Heat, the same team that came back from a 0-2 series deficit to win the NBA Championship five years ago. The legend of Dirk continues…
The Heat is playing the role of the villain this season. After “The Decision” and “The Welcoming Party,” the Heat became the team people love to hate. People hate that LeBron and Bosh left their teams/fans to make a powerhouse in Miami. People hate that they celebrated their Conference Semi-Finals win against the Celtics as if they had already won the title. Despite their critics, the Heat is on a mission to prove it was all worth it. It was worth it for LeBron and Bosh to leave behind everything they have ever known as an NBA player. It was worth it to take all the criticism from the media and the fans. It was worth it because they are four wins away from an NBA title.
So, who do you have winning the NBA Championship in ‘11?
The Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals last night with a win over the Celtics. So, let's learn a little about the squad from South Beach.
- In the 1988 Expansion Draft the Heat selected Arvid Kramer from the Dallas Mavericks. Kramer, 31, never played in a game for the Heat.
- In the 1988 NBA Draft, with the 9th overall pick, the Heat selected Rony Seiklay from Syracuse. With the 20th pick they chose Kevin Edwards from DePaul.
- In 1992 the Heat became the first of the four expansion teams (Hornets, Timberwolves and Magic were the other three) to make the NBA Playoffs. Unfortunately, they faced the Michael Jordan led Bulls in the first round and were swept 3 games to none.
- The 2005 - 06 NBA season brought the Heat their first NBA Championship. In the first round they topped the Bulls 4 games to 2. They faced the Nets in round two and took care of business quickly with a four game sweep. The Pistons were the opponents in the Eastern Conference Finals. Coach Pat Riley led his Heat squad to their first Championship Series as they beat Larry Brown and the team from Motown 4 - 2. In the Finals they faced the Western Conference Champion Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks took the first two games at home but the Heat came back strong at home winning all three games. The sixth game was back in Dallas but the Mavs couldn't stop Dwayne Wade and his 36 points and 10 rebounds as the Heat won their first title in Dallas.
- Not including the current season, the Heat have had four players on the All Rookie Team: Sherman Douglas (89 - 90), Steve Smith (91 - 92), Caron Butler (02 - 03) and Dwayne Wade (03 - 04).
- In his 11 seasons in Miami, Alonzo Mourning was twice named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year - 1998 - 99 & 1999 - 00.
- Pat Riley was not named Coach of the Year in the 2006 Championship season, Avery Johnson was. Riley did receive the award while coaching the Heat in the 1996 - 97 season.
- The first Heat field goal was scored by Rory Sparrow on November 8 against the Clippers.
- The Heat got their first win on December 14, 1988 in a game against the Clippers, 89 - 88.
- The starting line up for the first Miami Heat game was: Rory Sparrow, Kevin Edwards, Rony Seikaly, Pat Cummings and Billy Thompson. The team finished with a 15 - 67 record in that inaugural 1988 - 89 season.
Now back to today. Will the Heat make it back to the NBA Finals this year? Will they face the Bulls or the Hawks in the next round? And then, if they make it to the Finals, will we see a re-match of the 2006 Series against the Mavericks? So many questions still to be answered.
Tell us what you think happens next for the Heat.