Michael Doleac helped the Miami Heat win their first NBA title in franchise history.
June 21, 2006
DALLAS - A dream was fulfilled for former Utah All-America center Michael Doleac on Tuesday night as the Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks 95-92 to capture the 2006 NBA title. After losing the first two games of the series, the Heat won four straight to finish off Dallas.
Doleac, an eight-year NBA veteran, has been with Miami the past two seasons. He played in 31 games with three starts in 2005-06, averaging 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Doleac was drafted in the first round (12th overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He played three years in Orlando and started 50 games during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons. He has also played with the Cavaliers, Knicks and Nuggets.
A captain on Utah's 1998 Final Four team, Doleac was named a third team All-American and a first team Academic All-American that season. He and All-America point guard Andre Miller led the Utes past North Carolina in the national semifinals before falling to Kentucky in the title game. Doleac finished his career ranked 13th in scoring (1,519 points) and eighth in rebounds (886) at Utah.
Doleac resides in Salt Lake City during the off-season with his wife Shannon (Bowles), a former Ute All-American gymnast. He came back to take course work at the University of Utah following his college career and earned a biology degree in the summer of 2002.