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July 05, 2006

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Dwyane Wade Cover - Sports Illustrated July 05, 2006

July 05, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
A team made up of present and former superstars cast its egos aside to pursue and achieve a common goal: an NBA title

July 05, 2006 | Chris Ballard
In just his third NBA season, Dwyane Wade blossomed from an exciting talent into a true--and truly unique--superstar as he carried the Heat to its first championship

July 05, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
A revamped roster and the return of Pat Riley to the bench led to a 52-win season and a foundation for future greatness

July 05, 2006
Far from a favorite after a stormy regular season, the Heat got hot when it counted, coming together for a historic run to the title

July 05, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
Frustration and internal friction lit a fire in the Heat that forged a renewed focus and carried Miami to a six-game win over Chicago

July 05, 2006 | Chris Ballard
After a Game 1 loss Miami's main men held an extra evening practice and came back to lead the Heat to four straight over the Nets

July 05, 2006
ELECTRIC SHAQAll the world's a stage for Shaquille O'Neal--and he was no mere player in the Finals, in which he averaged 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds. Here he loomed large before Game 4, which...

July 05, 2006 | Chris Mannix
Stopped by the Pistons a year before, the retooled Heat--led by its big man and its emerging superstar--rolled through Detroit in six games

July 05, 2006 | Jack McCallum
Down two games to none against Dallas, Miami hitched its hopes and dreams to the soaring Dwyane Wade, who carried the Heat to four straight victories and the team's first NBA championship

July 05, 2006
With another NBA championship in hand, the Heat's Hollywood hero, Shaquille O'Neal, is sitting pretty, the supersized star of his own blockbuster life

July 05, 2006 | Jack McCallum
Travel back with us to Year One of the Heat, when the team dreamed not of a championship but simply of a single victory

July 05, 2006 | S.L. Price
Though his face is creased and his step is slower, Pat Riley maintained his reputation for intrigue and proved he's still a winner by leading the Heat to its first title

July 05, 2006
After Shaq arrived on the scene in Miami, the Heat received much more coverage in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED