MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have promoted Andy Elisburg to Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations/General Manager.
“Andy is so deserving of this promotion,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “Working together for 28 years has brought so many great transactions that have improved the franchise multiple times over the years, both on and off the court. More importantly, Andy’s knowledge and work ethic are second to none, he’s been involved with everything we do at the HEAT and we look forward to continued success.”
Elisburg, a HEAT original employee of 35 years, will continue to assist CEO Nick Arison and President Pat Riley in the management of all aspects of Miami’s basketball organization, including salary cap administration, talent acquisition, league compliance and the day-to-day business of basketball operations. He originally joined the franchise in its inaugural 1988 season and recently served as Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/General Manager for the last 10 years.
During his time in the front office, Elisburg has been a part of three NBA Championships, seven Eastern Conference Championships, 24 postseason berths and 16 division titles. The HEAT has made seven NBA Finals appearances in team history, accounting for 20 percent of all NBA Finals since entering the league in 1988-89, and the most in the NBA since making their first in 2006. Miami’s 10 Conference Finals appearances are the third-most among the four major sports leagues since their first appearance in 1997, only the New England Patriots (13) and New York Yankees (12) have more.
The HEAT captured their 16th divisional title last season, and since their first in 1997, no team in the NBA has more over that span. Additionally, Miami has not missed the postseason in consecutive seasons over the last two decades, the longest active streak in the NBA.