25 Years of HEAT Featuring Glen Rice and Steve Smith Dec. 10
MIAMI – As part of its ongoing special retrospective welcoming back HEAT fan favorites, the next installment of 25 Years of HEAT will feature Glen Rice and Steve Smith on Monday, December 10th when the HEAT take on the Atlanta Hawks. Rice and Smith will both share their memories with HEAT fans by participating in various pre-game, in-game and on-court activities, including:
- A pre-game appearance on Sun Sports’ HEAT Live show.
- Interviews on English and Spanish HEAT pre-game radio broadcasts.
- An in-arena halftime interview at center court.
- Special guest commentator duties during the Sun Sports television broadcast.
- A pre-game meet and greet opportunity exclusively for HEAT Season Ticket Holders.
Glen Rice appeared in 478 games (461 starts) as a member of the HEAT from 1989-95 and averaged 19.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.20 steals and 35.7 minutes while shooting 45.9 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from three-point range and 83.5 percent from the foul line. He was the fourth overall selection in the 1989 NBA Draft by the HEAT out of the University of Michigan. He led Michigan to the 1989 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, scoring an NCAA-record 184 points in tournament play, a record that still stands. Rice was also voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and was part of the Associated Press All-America second-team, after averaging 25.6 points for the season, while shooting 58% from the floor and 52% from three-point range. Additionally, he ranks near the top of Michigan’s all-time leaders in points (1st), single-season points (1st), single-season field goals (1st), single-season field goal attempts (1st), single-season three-point field goal percentage (1st), career field goals made (2nd), career field goals attempted (2nd) and single-season three-point field goals made (2nd). Immediately after being drafted, Rice became the HEAT's first bonafide star and earned Second-Team All-Rookie honors while leading Miami to its first playoff appearance in 1992. Rice was the first HEAT player to average 20+ points per game in a season (1991–92) and led Miami in scoring in four consecutive seasons from 1991-95. He still ranks among the HEAT leaders in consecutive games played (1st), games started (2nd), field goals made (2nd) and attempted (2nd), points (3rd), three-point field goals made (3rd) and attempted (3rd), steals (3rd), minutes played (4th) and games played (5th). During his 15-year NBA career he was a three-time All-Star, a two-time All-NBA selection, the MVP of the 1997 All-Star Game and won an NBA championship as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000.
Smith appeared in 202 games (181 starts) during his two stints (1991-94 and 2004-05) as a member of the HEAT and averaged 14.4 points, 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 33.7 minutes while shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from three-point range and 80.2 percent from the foul line. The HEAT drafted Smith out of Michigan State University with the fifth overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. Traded to Atlanta two games into the 1994-95 season, Smith was re-acquired by the HEAT in February of 2005 from the Charlotte Bobcats. As a rookie in 1991-92, Smith earned First Team All-Rookie honors and helped the HEAT earn their first playoff berth. Two years later, during the 1993-94 season, he led Miami in assists with a career-high 394 and helped guide the HEAT back to postseason play. During his 14-year professional career he was a member of the Spurs’ 2003 NBA championship, was a member of the gold-medal winning 2000 U.S. Olympic Team and won the NBA’s prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2002. Smith currently ranks fifth in free throw percentage in HEAT history connecting on 80.2 percent (542-of-676) of his attempts from the line.
Rice and Smith will be available for media interviews on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Interview Room.