HoopsHype Udonis Haslem rumors


February 10, 2014 Updates

Haslem stressed that he loves the game and the franchise as much as he ever has, even 11 years in. So he wanted to make one last thing clear, with a player option (for $4.8 million) coming after this season. "I want to retire with this organization," Haslem said firmly. "Just because it's tough doesn't mean I'm gonna bail." Bleacher Report

December 9, 2013 Updates

Miami HEAT player and South Florida native Udonis Haslem announced today that he will open his first SUBWAY® restaurant in the city of Hollywood on December 12th. For years, Haslem has been a huge supporter of SUBWAY® restaurants because they provide healthy options at affordable prices. The Grand Opening, scheduled to take place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12th, will be a festive affair complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a DJ, prizes, giveaways, an appearance by the Sub Man and more. The restaurant is located at Oakwood Plaza, 3050 Oakwood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33020. NBA.com

November 23, 2013 Updates

Haslem is much slimmer now, so slim that he sometimes struggles to keep enough pounds on. But he still frequents the franchise, for double turkey meat, light lettuce, pickles, olives, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper and mayonnaise. And now, he's decided to become one of the many NBA players—current and former—to take a shot at franchise ownership. Saturday, Haslem's first Subway franchise will open at the Oakwood Plaza in Hollywood, Fla., with a grand opening scheduled for Dec. 12. "It's been probably on my mind the last three or four years, just trying to build something else outside of basketball," said Haslem, who has a player option after this season. Bleacher Report

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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

August 28, 2013 Updates

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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