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Key Dates and Transactions: 2000

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January 2   HEAT played its inaugural game in the state-of-the-art AmericanAirlines Arena, beating the Orlando Magic, 111-103, in overtime.
January 4 Center Alonzo Mourning was named NBA Player of the Month for December after averaging 23.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.29 blocks per game.
January 8 HEAT dedicated the lower media workroom in the AmericanAirlines Arena to the late Robes Patton, former HEAT beat writer for the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
January 21 Activated Tim Hardaway from the injured list and placed guard/forward Rodney Buford (bilateral patella tendinitis) on the injured list.
January 25 Placed guard/forward Dan Majerle (stress fracture, left fibula) on the injured list and activated forward Tim James from the injured list.
January 31 Activated guard/forward Rodney Buford from the injured list and placed forward Tim James (lower back spasms) on the injured list.
February 13 Center Alonzo Mourning starts for the Eastern Conference in the 2000 NBA All- Star Game at the Arena in Oakland. He tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, a gamehigh four blocks and a team-high three steals in 27 minutes as the East squad was defeated by the Western Conference All-Stars, 137-126.
Febraury 20 The HEAT activated guard/forward Dan Majerle from the injured list and placed guard Rex Walters (lower back spasms) on the injured list.
Febraury 23 HEAT claimed guard/forward Bruce Bowen off waivers and placed guard/forward Rodney Buford (tendinitis, right knee) on the injured list. Waived guard Rex Walters.
Febraury 25 Placed forward/center Otis Thorpe (left knee inflammation) on the injured list and activated forward Harold Jamison.
March 2 Placed guard Voshon Lenard (lower abdominal strain) on the injured list and activated guard/forward Rodney Buford from the injured list.
March 10 The Miami HEAT activated forward/center Otis Thorpe from the injured list and placed center Duane Causwell (sprained right thumb) on the injured list.
March 16 The HEAT won its 13th consecutive game at AmericanAirlines Arena, the best home winning streak in franchise history. Guard Anthony Carter surpassed Khalid Reeves to move into third place on the HEAT's all-time rookie assists list with 290.
March 21 Pat Riley surpassed Red Auerbach for eighth place on the NBA's all-time games coached list with 1,418.
April 10 Center Alonzo Mourning named NBA Player of the Week (for week of April 3-9) for the second time this season.
April 14 With a 95-84 victory over the Orlando Magic at the AmericanAirlines Arena the HEAT capture their fourth consecutive Atlantic Division Championship. A local power outage during pre-game introductions delays the start of the game two hours and six minutes.
April 18 Activated center Duane Causwell and forward Tim James from the injured list and placed guard Tim Hardaway (sprained left foot) and forward Harold Jamison (strained left hamstring) on the injured list.
April 20 HEAT leaves forwards Harold Jamison and Tim James and guard Voshon Lenard off the playoff roster.
April 22 The HEAT defeat Detroit, 95-85, in Game 1 of the 2000 NBA Playoffs Opening Round. The contest is the first postseason game played at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
May 4 Center Alonzo Mourning is named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team.
May 16 Center Alonzo Mourning is named the winner of the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, becoming just the fifth player in league history to win the award in consecutive seasons.
May 24 HEAT assistant coach Bob McAdoo is elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
June 27 Acquired forward Chris Gatling and the 37th pick in the 2000 NBA Draft from Denver for guard Voshon Lenard and forward Mark Strickland.
June 28 HEAT selected guard Eddie House with the 37th pick and center Ernest Brown with the 52nd pick in the 2000 NBA Draft.
July 25 L. Jay Cross resigns as HEAT Group President, Business Operations.
August 1 HEAT re-signs guard Anthony Carter and guard/forward Bruce Bowen.
August 2 Acquired guard Eddie Jones, forward Anthony Mason, guard Ricky Davis and guard Dale Ellis from the Charlotte Hornets for forward P.J. Brown, forward Jamal Mashburn, forward Tim James, forward/center Otis Thorpe and guard/forward Rodney Buford.
August 7 HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick is named to the five-person medical staff for the 2000 Men's U.S. Olympic Basketball Team.
August 15 Signed guard Eddie House.
August 17 Dr. Jack Ramsay retires as television analyst for the HEAT.
August 30 Acquired forward Brian Grant in a three-way trade with Cleveland and Portland in which Miami sent forward Clarence Weatherspoon, forward Chris Gatling and a conditional first-round draft choice to the Cavaliers; Portland sent Brian Grant to Miami and guard Gary Grant to Cleveland and the Cavaliers sent forward Shawn Kemp to the Trail Blazers.
August 31 HEAT re-signs forward Harold Jamison.
September 13 Signed free agent center Todd Fuller and free agent forward Don MacLean.
September 14 Re-signed center Duane Causwell and signed guard/forward Ron Hale.
September 25 - October 1 Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway play on the USA Men's Basketball team that captures the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
September 28 Signed free agent guard Rick Brunson and signed guard/forward Jamal Robinson.
September 29 Re-signed guard Tim Hardaway.
October 5 HEAT signs free agent center Mario Bennett and free agent forward Ike Nwankwo.
October 10 HEAT releases center Mario Bennett and forward Ike Nwankwo.
October 11 Ed Pinckney, who served as Miami's radio analyst the previous three years, is named television analyst for the HEAT replacing the retired Dr. Jack Ramsay.
October 14 HEAT Assistant Coach Bob McAdoo is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
October 16 Center Alonzo Mourning announces he expects to miss the 2000-01 NBA season after learning he is suffering from a kidney disease (focal glomerulosclerosis).
October 22 The HEAT release guard Rick Brunson and guard/forward Ron Hale.
October 30 The HEAT exercise a team option on guard Ricky Davis' contract and release guard Dale Ellis. Miami places center Alonzo Mourning (focal glomerulosclerosis), forward Harold Jamison (left knee and calf contusion) and guard Ricky Davis (right foot fracture) on the injured list.
October 31 The HEAT sign free agent forward A.C. Green and release forward Harold Jamison. Guard/forward Dan Majerle (partial tear, left hamstring) is placed on the injured list.
November 1 HEAT Head Coach Pat Riley becomes the second coach in NBA history to win 1,000 career games as Miami downs Orlando, 105-79, in the HEAT's season-opener. Riley is the quickest head coach or manager in any of the four major professional sports in North America to win 1,000 games, breaking the previous mark held by Fred Clarke, who managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1900-1915, by 63 games.
November 11 Guard Ricky Davis undergoes successful surgery on his right foot.
November 14 Forward Don MacLean undergoes successful surgery on the fifth toe of his right foot.
November 26 HEAT acquire forward Cedric Ceballos from Detroit in exchange for a conditional second-round draft choice. Guard/forward Jamal Robinson is released.
December 2 The HEAT defeat the Wizards, 93-90, at the MCI Center in Washington to earn Pat Riley his 250th win as the HEAT's head coach. Riley is just the fourth coach in NBA history to record at least 250 wins with two different teams.
December 22 HEAT activate guard/forward Dan Majerle from the injured list and place guard Anthony Carter (strained left groin) on the injured list.