Senior Vice President, Basketball
Andy Elisburg begins his seventh 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
He is a HEAT original, joining the franchise in its inaugural 1988 season.
For the past 24 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 24 years (including a
franchise-tying six-straight appearances from 2009-14), 13 Division
Championships and the sixth-most wins (1,089) 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
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
Vice President, Sports Media Relations
Entering his 20th 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 social responsibility
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.
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 Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro,
Justise Winslow, Goran Dragic,´
James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Dion Waiters
to help re-shape the HEAT. At the February trade deadline in 2018, Elisburg
executed a trade to bring back franchise icon Dwyane Wade, a move which
helped propel the HEAT into the playoffs.
In addition to his role with the HEAT, Elisburg also works closely with VP,
Basketball Operations/Assistant General Manager Adam Simon and Director
of Player Personnel/Skyforce GM Eric Amsler in overseeing the Basketball
Operations for the Skyforce. Since Elisburg played a key role in Miami and
Sioux Falls fostering an exclusive partnership six 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 of the six seasons and compiled a
178-122 regular season record. Over the six-year span of the partnership, the
178 wins recorded by the Skyforce are the second-most in the G League while
their .593 winning percentage ranks fourth.
Elisburg began the HEAT’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 General Manager.
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 he was 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
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 11th 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 one-onone
mentoring. In addition, he represents the HEAT in various community and
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), double-doubles (2nd), double-fi gure scoring
efforts (2nd), minutes played (3rd), fi eld goals made (3rd) and attempted
(3rd), defensive rebounds (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.