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Key Dates and Transactions: 1998

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January 19   Placed forward Mark Strickland on injured list with a longitudinal fracture of his right index finger.
January 21 Signed guard Gerald Madkins of the CBA's Rockford Lightning to a 10-day contract.
January 27 HEAT, Miami-Dade County and AmericanAirlines host joint groundbreaking ceremony for the new AmericanAirlines Arena. Waived guard Gerald Madkins. Signed free agent guard Rex Walters for the remainder of the season.
January 30 Activated guard Charles Smith from the injured list. Placed forward Terry Mills on the injured list with chronic inflammation in his left knee that requires arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 2.
February 1 Official start date of construction for AmericanAirlines Arena; site clearance begins.
February 8 HEAT guard Tim Hardaway scores 10 points at the 1998 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland.
February 10 Coach Pat Riley becomes the winningest coach in HEAT history when Miami defeats Cleveland, 91-81, earning HEAT victory No. 134.
February 19 Traded reserve center Isaac Austin, rookie guard Charles Smith and an unconditional 1998 first-round draft pick to the L.A. Clippers for guard Brent Barry.
Febraury 20 Signed center Marty Conlon for the remainder of the season.
Febraury 22 Placed forward Jamal Mashburn (fractured right thumb) on the injured list. Activated forward Mark Strickland.
March 1 Coach Pat Riley becomes the fifth coach to record 900 career wins in just his 1,278th career game with an 85-84 win at New Jersey, breaking Red Auerbach's all-time record of reaching the milestone in 1,360 games.
March 2 Coach Pat Riley is named the NBA Coach of the Month for February.
March 12 Waived guard Malcolm Huckaby. Placed guard/forward Keith Askins on the injured list with torn lateral miniscus of his left knee.
March 13 Signed forward Antonio Lang to a 10-day contract.
March 15 Signed forward Antonio Lang for the remainder of the season. Activated forward Terry Mills. Placed Lang on injured list with patellar tendinitis in his left knee.
March 27 Activated forward Antonio Lang from the injured list. Placed forward P.J. Brown on the injured list with a sprained left ankle.
March 29 Miami's 109-77 win over Houston in front of a sold-out crowd at Miami Arena clinched the HEAT's second consecutive Atlantic Division title.
March 30 Center Alonzo Mourning is named NBA Player of the Week for the week of March 23-29.
April 7 Activated forwards Keith Askins and P.J. Brown from the injured list. Placed forward Antonio Lang (patellar tendinitis in his left knee) and guard Rex Walters (bilateral patellar tendinitis in both knees) on the injured list.
April 17 Activated guard Rex Walters and forward Antonio Lang from the injured list. Placed guard/forward Dan Majerle (strained left groin) and guard Brent Barry (sprained right ankle) on the injured list.
April 18 Placed guard Tim Hardaway on the injured list with inflamation of his right knee. Activated forward Jamal Mashburn.
April 19 HEAT, the official team store of the Miami HEAT, opens at Bayside Marketplace.
May 20 HEAT guard Tim Hardaway is named to the All-NBA Second Team. The HEAT announces completion of $184.8 million private placement of bonds for financing of AmericanAirlines Arena.
June 24 Miami selects guard Corey Brewer of the University of Oklahoma in the second round (51st overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft.
September 2 Former Toronto Raptors radio announcer Mike Inglis is selected to call play-by-play for HEAT radio games.
September 10 The HEAT and Clear Channel Communications reach a long-term deal for radio rights of HEAT games; NewsRadio 610-WIOD will remain flagship station for HEAT broadcasts.