HoopsHype Udonis Haslem rumors

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Haslem will run into the Pacers again in the East finals, which start Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. There has been plenty of talk about how this will be a physical series, much like the one last year. Then again, every series is like that as far as Haslem is concerned. “That’s the way I play the game,’’ said Haslem, 32, a former University of Florida star. “I compete. I get hit and I take hits. So to me, it’s just another series.’’ FOXSports Florida

May 15, 2013 Updates

Authorities in South Florida are investigating whether there are connections between recent burglaries at the homes of Miami Heat players Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. Miami Beach police spokeswoman Vivian Hernandez said Wednesday there are similarities in the two thefts aside from both being Heat players. Authorities are not releasing the exact nature of those similarities. USA Today Sports

May 10, 2013 Updates

Veteran NBA referee Joey Crawford will be the lead official for Friday night's Game 3 between the Heat and Bulls. Known for his no-nonsense style, Crawford arrives in Chicago two days after Game 2 of the series featured nine technical fouls. In his last game, Crawford issued seven technical fouls in Game 6 of the first-round series between the Clippers and Grizzlies. Chris Paul and Zach Randolph were ejected from the game. Udonis Haslem's reaction to learning Crawford was calling Friday's game was telling. "Oh, really," Haslem said. "Wow." Miami Herald

May 9, 2013 Updates

Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who played four years at Florida before Joakim Noah, helped advise Noah to return for his junior year back in 2006-07. "Udonis is like the big brother of Florida basketball," Noah said. "He's a warrior. You play in a series like this and you don't want to show too much love right now. But he's someone who took care of us and always gave us really good advice. He always told me that playing at the University of Florida was special." Chicago Tribune

May 6, 2013 Updates

Haslem and Noah share a strong friendship but that relationship is on ice for the time being. The two high-energy players from the University of Florida will go head-to-head in the series. “When we see each other it’s always much love and much respect,” Haslem said. “It’s always going to be a special bond between us because we’re both Gators, but when the ball goes up, we both understand that we got a job to do and we’re going to repeat at a high level. And at that point we’re not Gators. I play for the Heat and he’s a Bull and that’s what it comes down to.” Miami Herald

May 5, 2013 Updates

When Udonis Haslem tore a ligament in his left foot in late November of 2011, it wasn’t clear that he would play again that season. It was never a question, of course, of whether he wanted to. So he seemed an appropriate person to query, about Derrick Rose’s decision to stay off the court, more than one year after knee surgery, and more than two months after receiving medical clearance. "It’s going to be totally up to him,” Haslem said. “Nobody on the outside can tell him when he’s ready, or how he feels, physically or more important, mentally. That’s the thing that you’ve got to get past, is the mental part of it. When the doctor says you’re ready to go, physically, yeah, you’re ready to go. But you’re not at the point you were before you got hurt. You’re probably 70 percent. And then the mental part is the most challenging part of it, that you’re confident the injury is not going to happen again and you can compete with the best athletes in the world.” Palm Beach Post

May 2, 2013 Updates

While Udonis Haslem was out on April 13, an off night between Heat home games, his Broward County house was targeted by burglars. Officers responded to an alarm, went to the house and reached Haslem. They found signs of forced entry at the side door of the garage, through the prying of the lock. Drawers were pulled out, and the closet of Haslem’s fiancee was ransacked. Clothes and purses were in garbage bags. Electronics were undisturbed. The police report draws the conclusion that there was a lookout who alerted the other suspect to the alarm and the arrival of police, and they left through the back door. Palm Beach Post

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“He’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game and I hope he can make a recovery and finish his career on a positive note and pick his time to go and not let an injury be the deciding factor,” Haslem said. “[Rehabilitation] just takes a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication, a lot of prayer and as an athlete you always go through that thought process of are you ever going to be the same and when you do get back and you do get somewhat healthy, you got to get yourself back in the rhythm of playing the game of basketball.” Miami Herald

April 12, 2013 Updates

Dwyane Wade LeBron James and Chris Bosh will be in the Miami Heat lineup against the Boston Celtics on Friday, the team announced. The Heat said that forwards Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier will not play. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says Battier has an array of minor aches, and Haslem has a sprained ankle. Even with the Heat's Big Three returning, Friday's game in Miami will be lacking at least some star power. The Celtics plan to play without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, both of whom are dealing with left ankle soreness. Pierce and Garnett are expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday night in Orlando. "We have back-to-backs and we're trying to avoid back-to-backs, to be honest," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who -- not surprisingly -- hints that the duo likely will sit again with a back-to-back to close the regular season next week. "I just thought this would be a way to do it. A lot of talk didn't go into it." ESPN.com

April 3, 2013 Updates

Ray Allen not only watched it prior to entering the Heat’s locker room Tuesday night, but he called over Heat teammates — such as Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade — to watch. “I mean, it was just despicable,” Allen said. “Not only as a parent, but I think about where I went, the places I’ve gone in my career, my parents kind of lent me to all these other people. I’ve been raised not only by Mom and Dad, but by several coaches, AAU coaches, high school coaches and then my college coach, and all of them had a hand in getting me to who I am today. And not to mention the teachers that I grew up under, learning, so we trust in the people we lend our kids off to, to help them grow. And I only hope when I let my kids go, there’s somebody watching them and growing and making sure they do that.” Palm Beach Post

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An ESPN beat writer, Michael Wallace, who covers the Heat and the NBA for ESPN.com put the story out via Twitter on January 2. “From now on, Haslem says no longer wants to be called Udonis or ‘UD’. He said address him in 2013 as Django, FWIW.” EURweb.com

December 10, 2012 Updates
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Haslem believes his team is “hungry.” “I think we just don’t understand that this is hard,” Haslem said. “It’s hard to defend a title. This is my second time trying to do it, and it’s hard. Everybody gets up for you, everybody plays their hearts out against you, it’s everybody’s big game and teams are going to make shots. At one point, we felt like it was us against the world, and we felt like everybody hated us, and I guess we kind of lost that feeling. But I’ll figure out a scenario to make it seem like everybody still hates us. When we feel like it’s us against the world, and we feel like everybody hates us, that’s when we feel like we got something to prove, that’s when we play our best.” Palm Beach Post

November 25, 2012 Updates

He is the only undrafted player to lead a franchise in career rebounds and is fourth in rebounding among all undrafted players, behind Moses Malone, Ben Wallace and Brad Miller. "There's no hiding it. Everybody knows he's my favorite player and his story is one of the most special stories," Spoelstra said. "It's somebody who came from our own backyard in the toughest of communities in Miami. To not only make it out but then to be an absolute example for young kids to aspire to and to be the core value face of our franchise, it's pretty amazing." USA Today

November 21, 2012 Updates

Haslem remembers that conversation so well that he's about to become the most prolific rebounder in Heat history. Odds are, he'll have that title sometime Wednesday night, when the reigning NBA champion Heat start a homestand against the Milwaukee Bucks. Haslem will come into that game needing only two rebounds to pass Alonzo Mourning for Miami's all-time lead in that department — Mourning grabbed 4,807 rebounds in 593 regular-season Heat games, while Haslem is at 4,806 rebounds after 605 games. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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