Four Years of Heat

Four Years of Heat

"Four Years of Heat" is an 8-episode limited series narrative podcast written and hosted by South Florida native, Israel Gutierrez. The show dives deep into the behind-the-scenes story of what happened during the four years LeBron James spent with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat. It chronicles the inside stories of “The Decision,” the loss to the Mavericks in the 2011 Finals, the back-to-back titles in 2012-13, and LeBron’s choice to go “Home” to Cleveland in 2014. The release coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the Heat's epic 2013 NBA Finals win over the Spurs and Ray Allen’s amazing Game 6 tying shot. Israel recounts his own first-hand experiences covering the team, gathering interesting perspective from players, coaches, and journalists in and around the Heat at the time. "Four Years of Heat" includes exclusive interviews with Miami Heat Super Fan DJ Khaled, Miami sports media legend, Dan Le Batard, three-time NBA Champion Udonis Haslem, Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen, and two-time NBA Champion Shane Battier, as well as veteran sports journalists Jim Gray, Rachel Nichols and Jackie McMullan.

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June 19, 2024 42 mins

In this week’s episode of NBA DNA, we dig into the history of women’s pro hoops: from the early days in colleges and church basements to the ill-fated leagues of the 1980s, and finally, the creation of the 1996 Women’s Dream Team. Hannah shares the lesser-known story of the barnstorming tour that led to today's WNBA and sits down with some of the women who made it possible: Rebecca Lobo and former WNBA president Val Ackerman.

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With Michael Jordan retired from the NBA, attention shifts to the other greats: Olajuwon, Ewing, Stockton, Malone, and Barkley — all hungry for a championship. Former Rockets coach Rudy T and seven-time NBA Champion Robert Horry sit down with Hannah to talk about the team’s back-to-back wins, the strangest Game Five ever played, and the surprising origins of The Heart of a Champion.

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May 22, 2024 60 mins

In this special bonus episode of NBA DNA, Hannah sits down with one of the greatest to play the game, Charles Barkley. Hannah and Sir Charles dig into his storied career (including when he almost joined the Trail Blazers!), his early years in Philly and golden years in Phoenix, and his pivot to broadcasting. Plus, how his mea culpa moment with Hannah helped him rethink his final years as a player. 

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May 15, 2024 46 mins

In this week’s episode of NBA DNA, we look at the greatest team assembled: The 1992 Men’s Olympic Basketball Team — aka, The Dream Team. Hannah is joined by Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley and Dream Team Coach PJ Carlesimo who reminisce about their unforgettable summer, complete with iconic practices, international rivalries, and late nights at the poker table. Plus, Hannah delves into her move to NBC in the early '90s just as the Dr...

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May 8, 2024 45 mins

Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas stops by to talk about the team's back-to-back NBA championships, his biggest gripe with the Chicago Bulls, and whether the team is the NBA’s forgotten dynasty. But first, we head inside the metaphorical locker room that once was CNN Sports Tonight, complete with 2:30 a.m. newscasts, Subway sandwiches, and Hannah’s future husband Dan Hicks. Hannah and Dan revisit the earliest days of their relati...

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May 1, 2024 43 mins

In this special bonus episode of NBA DNA, Hannah sits down with NBA veteran, University of Kentucky legend, podcast host, and social media influencer Rex Chapman. Rex and Hannah talk about his first year in the league, his struggles with depression and substance abuse, his journey to self-acceptance, and his second act as a social media star.

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April 24, 2024 46 mins

Hannah moves to North Carolina to cover NASCAR… and the NBA’s newest franchise The Charlotte Hornets. We dig into the team’s wild first season, complete with crashing scoreboards, tuxedo-clad crowds, and a young Dell Curry and Rex Chapman. Dell and Rex reflect on those early wins (and losses), what it takes to start a new franchise, their enduring friendship, and those infamous Alexander Julian uniforms.

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April 17, 2024 51 mins

Hannah heads deep into the heart of Texas to reminisce about her punk rock radio origins and early years covering the Houston Rockets. Former GM Steve Patterson, and Rockets legends Rudy Tomjanovich and Ralph Sampson bring us inside the ’81 and ’86 NBA Finals. Then, Hannah and good friend Judy Cohen take a trip down memory lane, complete with ’80s fringe, North Beach Leather, and a story about how they scammed their way into the Su...

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April 10, 2024 47 mins

In this week’s episode, we stay in the ABA as the upstart league lures top players like Dr. J, Moses Malone, and Spencer Haywood in an attempt to secure a national TV contract. Hannah recounts a story her father told her about the ABA’s top-secret pursuit of Lew Alcindor, dubbed ‘Operation Kingfish,’ and reflects on the lasting legacy of the ABA, including the hardship rule, three-point shot, and wide-open style of play. Plus, ever...

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April 3, 2024 47 mins

How did Hannah Storm break into the sports business when it wasn’t an option for women? She always felt like she belonged. That comes from growing up in basketball. Hannah’s basketball story—her NBA DNA—begins with the American Basketball Association and her dad, former commissioner Mike Storen.

In our first episode, we relive the basketball of Hannah’s childhood, learn how playground moves made it to the pro courts, and dive into...

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Israel sits down with former Heat player and current Assistant Coach Chris Quinn LIVE during NBA Con at Las Vegas Summer League. They talk about Chris' time playing with the Heat, and his transition into coaching the team. Chris gets into his relationships with Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Udonis Haslem, Erik Spoelstra, living the "Heat Culture," Jimmy's 56 point game against the Bucks and winning Game 7 in Boston.

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June 26, 2023 48 mins

In Episode 8 of Four Years of Heat Israel Gutierrez talks to Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem about the Heat's sobering loss to the Spurs in the 2014 Finals. Dan Le Batard, Brian Windhorst and Rachel Nichols weigh in on the legacy of the Heat's incredible four year run and Mario Chalmers gives his view on the Big Three Heat's place among the best teams in NBA history. 

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June 20, 2023 47 mins

On Episode 7 of Four Years of Heat, Israel Gutierrez chronicles the fallout from the Ray Allen Game 6 shot, the Heat's Game 7 win and lead up to the rematch with the Spurs in the 2014 Finals. Matt Bonner and Mario Chalmers talk about the struggle to get ready for a Game 7 after the epic drama of the Game 6 Heat comeback. Shane Battier discusses his unbelievable performance in Game 7 and the satisfaction of role-players stepping up ...

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June 15, 2023 53 mins

In Episode 6 of "Four Years of Heat" Israel Gutierrez dissects the Heat's 2013 NBA Finals series vs the Spurs. Ray Allen talks about why he was completely prepared for hitting his epic game-tying 3-pointer in Game 6, and why a previously unnoticed violation during the final seconds of regulation could have changed everything and thrown the entire series into a tailspin. 

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June 12, 2023 52 mins

In Episode 5 of "Four Years of Heat" Israel Gutierrez goes behind the scenes of the Heat's 2012 Finals win over the Thunder, and how three weeks changed the entire public perception of LeBron James. The team hits its stride during the 2012-13 season and wins 27 in a row, with insights from Ray Allen, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem. Plus another dramatic playoff run to the Finals in 2013.

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June 8, 2023 47 mins

In Episode 4 of "Four Years of Heat" Israel Gutierrez explores how LeBron James and the Heat battled back from the Finals loss and then the entire Big 3 experiment hinged on one game in Boston. Rachel Nichols and Brian Windhorst give incredible insights into the depths LeBron sunk to after the loss to the Mavs, and Mario Chalmers talks about the journey the Heat took through the 2011-12 season. Everything comes to a head with the H...

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June 5, 2023 46 mins

In Episode 3 of "Four Years of Heat" Israel Gutierrez dives deep into the Heat's 2011 run to the Finals and the crippling failure vs. the Mavs. Joakim Noah talks about the intense competition between the Heat and the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Brendan Haywood gives incredible insight into the Dallas game plan and motivations that stifled LeBron, Wade and Bosh and shocked the world in the NBA Finals.

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May 29, 2023 37 mins

In Episode 2 of "Four Years of Heat" Israel Gutierrez examines the fallout from "The Decision," how LeBron, Wade and Bosh had to deal with becoming the most hated team in America, the difficult start to the season that had everything being questioned, including the Head Coach, and the return to Cleveland with an atmosphere like no other game in NBA history.

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May 23, 2023 43 mins

Welcome to Four Years of Heat, the limited podcast series that goes inside the four years LeBron James spent with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh playing for the Miami Heat from 2010-14.

In Episode 1, host Israel Gutierrez, who grew up in South Florida and covered the Heat during the time for the Miami Herald and ESPN, traces the elements that brought LeBron from Cleveland to "South Beach." From the state of the Heat franchise with per...

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May 16, 2023 2 mins

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