Dan Majerle was recently reminded that the Miami Heat will be celebrating 25 years of their existence during this year’s 2012 NBA season. Majerle played for the Miami Heat from 1996 to 2001, just in time to be a part of the first transitional period in Miami Heat history. Dan Majerle credits the arrival of Pat Riley in 1995 as the defining moment where the Miami Heat began to be taken seriously. Dan Majerle believes Coach Riley brought credibility to the organization.
“That’s what a guy like Riley does,” stated Majerle in an article by the Sun-Sentinel. “He brings instant credibility to any organization, wherever you go… You throw in a guy like Coach Riley, who has a reputation and has the credentials that he has, he’s going to get good players.”
Majerle also credits the process of moving into the American Airlines Arena in 2000 as a defining moment in Miami Heat history. The move helped bring excitement to both players and fans of the Miami Heat organization. Creating a new atmosphere for players, fans, and people within the organization was the second step for building a foundation of prominence that would soon bring the likes of Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James and Chris Bosh into the mix.
To read more on Dan Majerle’s perspective on the Miami Heat’s transitional period read the Sun-Sentinel article.