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NBA FUN FACTS: MIAMI HEAT

10/15/2008 - Miami Heat
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[Ed's note: We're rolling out a 'Fun Facts' on every single NBA team before the season opens. To see more examples and for more information on the concept, please go here.]

We spent some quality time with Michael "B-Easy" Beasley over the summer. He's a zany dude. If he ever gets himself a blog, he could be the next Gilbert Arenas, causing basketball junkies all over the cyber ether to trip over themselves to broadly report his latest thoughts on, well, anything. In the meantime, reaction on this squad is mixed. D-Wade looked awesome in Beijing and Shawn Marion is daaaaayyyum good. Can this team make noise in a generally subpar East? We don't know. We do know they're a pretty entertaining bunch. Here we go with the proof.

1. As a part of the NBA's Europe Live program, the Heat played two preseason games against the Nets, one in Paris and one in London. Miami lost both of them, but Dwyane Wade got the stoic Brits all riled up with this sick dunk.

2. New head coach Erik Spoelstra is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA. He's also the youngest head coach in the league, and one of only a handful of coaches who did not play in the league.

3. Rookie Michael Beasley is learning the Heat's playbook one song at a time. Let's just hope that song isn't from The Chronic. Too soon? Maybe.

4. Fresh off their trip to Paris, the Heat name their fave French food. Note to Udonis Haslem: Chicken Marsala is definitely not French…

5. In related food news, the Heat's mascot, Burnie, lists his favorite food as a Peanut Butter and Spam sandwich. Awkward.

6. D-Wade has been busy with the ladies. A gag-inducing report linked him to Star Jones in the spring, and he's apparently shacking up with Gabrielle Union now.

7. Shawn Marion, the Demon Bird Mothball? That's what his tattoo says.

8. Beasley's favorite TV show is "Spongebob Squarepants." Naturally, comparisons between the Heat and Bikini Bottom's finest residents ensue.

9. Daequan Cook, Greg Oden, and Mike Conley, Jr. go way back. Not only did the trio play together at Ohio State, they were also on the same AAU team in high school.

10. Alonzo Mourning released his first book, Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph, a few weeks ago. In the autobiography, he talks about his kidney transplant in 2003, resisting recruiters in high school, and how Bill Cosby changed his life.