We kick off our profiles of the most important people in Miami Heat history with the man at the top — owner Micky Arison.
Since Arison took over the organization in 1995, his team stole Pat Riley from the New York Knicks, acquired Heat All-Timer Alonzo Mourning, drafted superstar Dwyane Wade, signed superhuman LeBron James, won three NBA Championships and established the Heat as one of the top organizations in the NBA. All of those people are listed in the poll. And he was at the helm for even more, like Shaquille O’Neal, Udonis Haslem and more.
Arison, the chubby and seemingly-always jolly Jew earned his fortune as CEO of Carnival Corporation. A cruise ship executive owning a South Beach basketball team, Arison runs the Port of Miami like Rick Ross wishes he did.
Everything has been smooth sailing for Arison. Except, of course, for this.
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