Yearbook, Nov. 5: Miami Heat make debut

November, 5, 2012
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Nov. 5, 1988: On this day 24 years ago, LeBron James was a 3-year-old kid in northern Ohio, and the Miami Heat was a just-born franchise a few miles west of South Beach, Fla.

Yes, today is the anniversary of Miami's first game. But it didn't go like its last one of 2011-12 -- as in, the one that clinched the first championship for the trio of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and the second for the franchise.

With the likes of Rony Seikaly (pictured), Pearl Washington, Sylvester Gray, Kevin Edwards, Pat Cummings and more, the Heat lost 111-91 at Miami Arena. The team led by Ron Rothstein, who is still an assistant with the Heat, went 15-67, worst in the NBA … after starting 0-17, worst ever at the time.

Of course, things got better.

Miami Arena in 1988 before the franchise's first gameAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Miami Heat mascot Burnie in 1988Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Rony Seikaly with the Miami Heat at the franchise's first gameAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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