Miami Heat News: Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem Named Heat Captains

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The Miami Heat will have three captains for the first time in nearly 15 years.

For the first time since taking over as head coach in the 2008-09 season, Erik Spoelstra has revised his list of Heat captains. While Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem have served as captains since Spoelstra’s first year, Chris Bosh will join that list this year.

Spoelstra downplayed naming Bosh as a captain, citing that he had already been acting as one recently:

“He already was acting as one, so that was an easy decision and one that basically didn’t need to be stated,” Spoelstra said before Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

Bosh, who is in his sixth season with the team, took it as a huge compliment to be named a captain for the first time in his NBA career:

“It’s definitely a privilege to be a captain of anything, but an NBA team, especially a championship organization like our organization, it’s a huge privilege. But it’s a huge responsibility, too. I don’t take it lightly.”

The 30-year-old veteran stressed that it’s vital he doesn’t take a step back vocally:

“I always want to make sure that I’m being a vocal point. If I’m not being vocal, I’m setting an example. It’s hugely important to me. I don’t want to just all of a sudden have a title and I haven’t being doing the same thing I’ve been doing for the past couple of years.”

Prior to the 2008-09 season, Haslem had served as the lone captain of the team during the 2007-08 campaign. In the two seasons before that, Miami did not have a team captain.

Considering Wade, Haslem and Bosh are three of the longest-tenured members on the roster along with Mario Chalmers, it only makes sense for the trio to serve as captains for the franchise.

The last time the Heat had three captains was in the 2001-02 season, when Alonzo Mourning, Brian Grant and Eddie Jones served in that role.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.