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When they met 14 years ago, Faith Rein was more focused on the dog and its illegal residence in the dorm than in the starting center of the Gators. When her attention shifted to its owner, Ms. Rein, who, like Mr. Haslem, was attending college on an athletic scholarship, remembers thinking, “He was cute and super chill, but I was dating a football player and he was seeing a girl on the volleyball team.” They were playing in different leagues, all right. She was raised in a Virginia suburb by a black Baptist mother and a Jewish father and had been a 100-meter national champion at age 10. “I was a Miami ghetto kid,” said Mr. Haslem, now 33, “with a drug-addicted mother, a stepmother who never married my father, and a son from a high school fling. I fought on the streets, watched friends die from drugs and violence, and learned to shoot hoops in Liberty City. I had no idea if she even liked me.” New York Times

“She was the rock behind him at this very low point in his career,” observed Mike Miller, Mr. Haslem’s former Gator as well as Miami Heat teammate, now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. With that support, Mr. Haslem rebounded quickly, accepting a position with the Élan Chalon basketball team in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, while Ms. Rein remained in Gainesville to complete her bachelor’s degree in business administration. They communicated by Web chat twice a day for a year and visited several times. They say they never had a disconnect or considered dating anyone else. That March, when Ms. Rein called him sobbing after she tore a hamstring — forcing her to drop track — he comforted her by saying, “It’s O.K.” New York Times

In any event, he was working hard on the court. He re-signed with the Heat in August 2005 and bought a four-bedroom house with a yard and a pool in a family community in Broward County, soon discovering that coming home to an empty space felt lonely. “I was impressed with her independence those two years, but the separation made me realize how much I missed her and wanted to share my life with her,” he said. “I just didn’t know how to ask her to marry me. We had never lived together and while she comes from a home with parents who have been together forever, my family experience with marriage had been negative and painful. There was no happy ever after.” New York Times

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It will be a LeBron James doubleheader on Oct. 1, the start of Miami Heat training camp at AmericanAirlines Arena and the release of NBA 2K14, which features the Heat forward on the cover. Wednesday, 2K Sports released the trailer for the video game, with plenty of LeBron at the start and later a LeBron no-look pass for a dunk by Udonis Haslem, who, ironically, is the only other Heat player featured in the trailer. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Saturday downplayed the torn right meniscus sustained by Udonis Haslem last season, an injury that has the veteran power forward scheduled for impending surgery. "He hasn't had it yet," Spoelstra said as the Heat completed their summer camp at AmericanAirlines Arena in advance of Sunday's start of summer-league play in Orlando. "He's planning to have it in the next couple of weeks, and he should be able to recover, but we'll see." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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