BASKETBALL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVES
MIAMI HEAT 2018-19 I 29
Senior Vice President, Basketball
Andy Elisburg begins his sixth season as Senior Vice President,
Basketball Operations/General Manager where
he continues to assist CEO Nick Arison and President Pat
Riley in the management of all aspects of the HEAT’s
basketball organization including salary cap administration, talent acquisition,
league compliance and the day-to-day business of basketball operations.
He is a HEAT original, joining the franchise in its inaugural 1988 season.
For the past 23 years, Elisburg has been working in basketball operations,
and prior to his current post, he served fi ve years as Senior Vice President,
Basketball Operations/Assistant General Manager, playing an integral role in
salary cap planning and basketball operations management, while overseeing
the day-to-day operations at AmericanAirlines Arena.
With the challenges and the complexities in dealing with the league salary cap
and luxury tax, Elisburg’s knowledge and experience continues to be called upon
to build on the team’s unprecedented success. The results of that success include
three NBA Championships, fi ve Eastern Conference Championships, 18 postseason
berths in the last 23 years (including a franchise-tying six-straight appearances
from 2009-14), 13 Division Championships and the fi fth-most wins (1,050) in the
NBA (the most in the Eastern Conference since 1995).
During the off-season, Elisburg assists Riley in maneuvering through the
framework of the salary cap and the luxury tax to transform the roster,
ensuring the HEAT maintains its status as one of the league’s top teams. In
one of the most anticipated off-seasons in NBA history, he played an integral
role in the HEAT’s successful summer of 2010. His knowledge and expertise
of the salary cap proved invaluable as he helped the HEAT re-sign
Vice President, Sports Media Relations
Entering his 19th year as Vice President, Sports Media
Relations, Tim Donovan has seen his responsibilities
expand each year and is charged with overseeing all
aspects of the HEAT’s Sports Media Relations efforts.
He also works closely with the marketing, social media,
broadcasting, business communications and community affairs departments
to help the organization create initiatives that maximize the team’s position
as one of the most fan-friendly in the South Florida community. In addition,
Donovan will continue to travel with the HEAT as the primary media liaison
as well as coordinating all media interviews for the massive amounts of media
requests made each year.
Dwyane Wade and acquire perennial All-Stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh,
as well as round out the roster with several key veteran free agent signings
to bolster the team’s depth throughout a four-year run in which Miami went
to the Finals in each year and won two NBA Championships. In recent years he
has played a key role in the acquisitions of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow,
Josh Richardson, Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Dion Waiters to help re-shape
In addition to his role with the HEAT, Elisburg also works closely with VP,
Player Personnel/Assistant General Manager/General Manager, Sioux Falls Skyforce
Adam Simon in overseeing the Basketball Operations for the Skyforce. Since
Elisburg played a key role in Miami and Sioux Falls fostering an exclusive
partnership fi ve years ago, the Skyforce have captured the 2015-16 NBA G
League championship, earned at least a share of a division title and a playoff
berth in three out of the fi ve seasons and compiled a 154-96 regular
season record, the most wins and second-best winning percentage in the G
League over the fi ve-year span of the partnership.
Elisburg began the team’s inaugural campaign as an intern in the public
relations department before becoming a public relations assistant at the end of
the season. He has served in many different capacities, including Assistant
Director of Public Relations; Director of Team Services and Information; Director
of Team Operations; Vice President, Basketball Operations, Senior Vice President,
Basketball Operations and Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/Assistant
A native of Potomac, MD, Elisburg served an internship with the Washington
Bullets in the summer of 1988 before coming to the HEAT. He holds a degree
in sports administration from St. Thomas University where hewas inducted
into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in November of 2017. He was also
honored by his alma mater in June of 2004 with their fi rst Leader for Life
Award which goes to recognize an alumna/alumnas that has made a signifi cant
contribution to their chosen profession. Elisburg is single and lives in Miami.
Donovan originally joined the HEAT as Assistant Director of Public Relations
in 1995 after spending more than seven years with the New York Knicks.
In January of 1997 he was elevated to Director of Sports Media Relations,
a position he held for three and a half years before being promoted to
his current position.
Donovan got his start in sports media relations in 1987, as an intern
with the Knicks. He received a full-time position during New York’s 1989
postseason and was named Public Relations Assistant in October of
that year. By May of 1991, Donovan was Manager of Media Relations, serving as
the chief liaison between the team and the New York area media.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Donovan lettered for four years on the Scarlet
Knights’ lacrosse team and helped lead the team to a number six national ranking
as a senior.
Vice President, Player Programs
Alonzo Mourning enters his 10th season as Vice President,
Player Programs. In his role, Mourning is responsible to
ensure the personal and professional development of
HEAT players, while providing direct support and oneon
one mentoring. In addition, he represents the HEAT in
various community and business endeavors.
After an NBA playing career that spanned 15 seasons and saw him capture an NBA
championship with the HEAT in 2006, seven All-Star berths and twice being named
the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Mourning earned his highest professional
honor, being enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on
August 8, 2014 in his fi rst year of eligibility.
Mourning, who had his number 33 retired by the HEAT in a ceremony on March
30, 2009, is Miami’s all-time leader in blocked shots (1,625). He also ranks among
the HEAT’s all-time leaders in points scored (2nd), free throws made (2nd) and
attempted (2nd), total rebounds (2nd), offensive rebounds (2nd), defensive
rebounds (2nd), double-doubles (2nd), double-fi gure scoring efforts (2nd),
minutes played (3rd), fi eld goals made (3rd) and attempted (3rd), games played
(3rd), fi eld goal percentage (4th), starts (4th) and scoring average (10th). Mourning
is also Miami’s all-time postseason leader in blocked shots (171) and ranks among
the franchise’s postseason leaders in free throws made (3rd) and attempted (3rd),
20-point games (3rd), points scored (4th), double-fi gure scoring efforts (4th),
fi eld goals made (4th), dunks (4th), games played (5th), total rebounds (5th),
offensive rebounds (5th), defensive rebounds (5th), minutes played (6th),
starts (6th), double-doubles (6th), fi eld goal attempted (6th) and steals (9th).
Over the course of his career, Mourning, who also captured a gold medal with the
United States Senior National team at the 2000 Olympics, appeared in 838 games
with the HEAT, Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets and averaged 17.1 points,
8.5 rebounds, 2.81 blocked shots, 1.1 assists and 31.0 minutes while shooting
52.7 percent from the fl oor. He fi nished his professional career with 14,311 points,
7,137 rebounds and 2,356 blocks (11th all-time in NBA history).
A perennial All-Star on the court, Mourning also works tirelessly for the children
of South Florida through his charity, Mourning Family Foundation, to educate and
create the opportunity for youth to excel.