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SENATE RESOLUTION 507--CONGRATULATING THE MIAMI HEAT FOR WINNING THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP
(Senate - June 26, 2012)

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 SENATE RESOLUTION 507--CONGRATULATING THE MIAMI HEAT FOR WINNING THE 
              NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP

  Mr. RUBIO (for himself and Mr. Nelson of Florida) submitted the 
following resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

                              S. Res. 507

       Whereas, on June 21, 2012, the Miami Heat defeated the 
     Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 121 to 106 in Miami, 
     Florida, winning the second National Basketball Association 
     (NBA) Championship in the history of the Miami Heat 
     franchise;
       Whereas, during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Heat defeated 
     the New York Knicks, the Indiana Pacers, the Boston Celtics, 
     and the Oklahoma City Thunder;
       Whereas the Heat became the first team to win an NBA title 
     after trailing in three different postseason series;
       Whereas, after losing the first game of the NBA Finals, the 
     Heat came back to win 4 games in a row, which earned the team 
     an overall record of 62-27 and the right to be named NBA 
     champions;
       Whereas LeBron James, who averaged 28.6 points during the 
     Finals, was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals;
       Whereas Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem have been integral 
     players on both Miami Heat championship teams;
       Whereas Chris Bosh returned from serious injury to 
     contribute significantly to the team;
       Whereas each member of the Miami Heat roster, including 
     Joel Anthony, Shane Battier, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, 
     Norris Cole, Eddy Curry, Terrel Harris, Udonis Haslem, Juwan 
     Howard, LeBron James, James Jones, Mike Miller, Dexter 
     Pittman, Ronny Turiaf, and Dwyane Wade, played an essential 
     role in bringing a second NBA Championship to Miami;
       Whereas Erik Spoelstra and his assistant coaches Bob 
     McAdoo, Keith Askins, Ron Rothstein, David Fizdale, Chad 
     Kammerer, Octavio De La Grana, Bill Foran, as well as 
     trainers Jay Sabol, Rey Jaffet, and Rob Pimental, worked with 
     the Miami Heat players and maintained a standard of 
     excellence;
       Whereas owner Micky Arison has built a first-class sports 
     franchise and provided unwavering commitment to bringing 
     another championship to the city of Miami;
       Whereas, over his 17 seasons with the Miami Heat, team 
     President Pat Riley has provided the team with an 
     unprecedented level of dedication and leadership; and
       Whereas the Miami Heat brought the city of Miami, the State 
     of Florida, and their fans around the world a second ``white 
     hot'' NBA Championship: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) congratulates the Miami Heat on its victory in the 2012 
     National Basketball Association Championship; and
       (2) requests the Secretary of the Senate to transmit for 
     appropriate display an enrolled copy of this resolution to--
       (A) the owner of the Miami Heat, Micky Arison;
       (B) the President of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley; and
       (C) the coach of the Miami Heat, Erik Spoelstra.

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