Udonis Haslem Rumors

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Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem
Position: F
Born: 06/09/80
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:227 lbs. / 103.4 kg.
Salary: $4,000,000
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James’ comments didn’t surprise Heat forward Udonis Haslem. The thing that surprised Haslem is that it took so long for James to respond to Barkley. “He should have went at him sooner,” said Haslem, who was James’ teammate in Miami during the Big Three era. “Chuck be tripping, man. I’ve been saying that for a long time. Ever since we put together the Big Three, it seems like he never had nothing positive to say about LeBron or D-Wade. They’re better than me. I would have been went at him. “At the end of the day, we understand that you get paid to do your job. But don’t see somebody and smile to their face, and then when you get on TV all you’re doing is stabbing people. That’s what we call throwing rocks and hiding your hands, Chuck.”
Not always. Haslem admitted Monday that he will root against Miami when the Hurricanes host Toledo in a college football game on Sept. 23. But Haslem has a good reason. The Heat forward’s oldest son, Kedonis Haslem, is a high school football player at Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas and committed to Toledo late last week. “At the end of the day, blood is always thicker than water,” Haslem said. “That will be one game that I will be rooting for the Rockets.”
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Haslem, 36, is in the final year of his contract with the Heat paying $4 million. He hopes to finish his career with Miami and join the likes of recent NBA retirees Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan as well as Dirk Nowitzki, who have had long careers with one NBA franchise. “My body still feels good,” Haslem said. “I plan on being around at least another year after this year.”
Storyline: Udonis Haslem Free Agency
“There is a lot to talk about that. Right now, I am still enjoying the opportunity to play the game,” he said. “Trust me, when I can’t compete at a high level and I can’t keep up, I’ll be the first to step away. I got too much pride. I got too much. I got too much love and joy for the organization. “I will never put them in a bad position as far as having me out there if I can’t perform. When that day comes, I will step away. I would gladly like to see my jersey go up if that’s the opportunity they give me.”
“I have an opportunity to provide some new jobs to people in my city of Miami,” Haslem recently told The Undefeated. “It’s crazy. I just hired one lady that went to school with my dad. That felt good. I hired my best friend’s sister and he is also my driver now. “So I’m employing and empowering people around me. I’m putting them in situations where they can grow. It’s different than giving somebody a handout. When I first got in the league, I was like, ‘You need some help? Take a dollar.’ But when you do that you put a cap on people. They aren’t able to grow and there is a ceiling. With this opportunity, if they are willing to work hard as my business grows, they can grow.”