HoopsHype Udonis Haslem rumors

April 13, 2014 Updates

And do what you will with this: The Heat was offered Evan Turner before Indiana. All they had to give up was Haslem, who wasn’t even playing. Haslem, like Danny Granger, has spent his basketball life with only one team, and he talks a lot about the Heat way and family. The Heat didn’t make the trade at least in part because it didn’t like how the message contradicted what it was selling James when it met him, or what it might do to the locker room. And Haslem, the old pro who has twice given up in excess of $10 million to stay in Miami, never once said a negative syllable from the bench, telling anyone who would listen that a time would come when he would be needed. And, as the Pacers continue an uncommon short-circuiting since the Granger-for-Turner trade, that was the undersized Haslem pushing around Roy Hibbert, the giant who called his teammates selfish, in the most recent game to help decide the Eastern Conference’s best team. Miami Herald

When Chris Bosh's wife is pregnant, the wives of Riley and Arison are at the baby shower. When Wade is getting engaged, he's making the announcement at Riley's South Beach apartment, at the team holiday party. When Wade is celebrating a birthday, Riley and Arison are having drinks on his boat. When James is vacationing in Europe, he's meeting up with Arison. And when he's getting married, you'll find Riley and Arison on that dance floor. And it isn't just for the super-famous guys, either. Heat lifer Udonis Haslem has rarely been as moved as he was at his mother's wake, when Riley came to his rough neighborhood trailed by members of the Heat front office. ESPN.com

April 5, 2014 Updates

But there is some uncertainty about a timetable. Udonis Haslem said Friday “it’s hard to tell” when Wade will play in a game again. “He’s out there a few minutes at practice, not too heavy,” Haslem said. “He’s moving pretty well. He’s getting better. Hopefully, he’ll be back a couple of games before the playoffs. I’m sure that’s what he’s hoping for. It’s nothing we want to push. We need him for the playoffs.” Miami Herald

April 4, 2014 Updates

Heat players have referred to the risks you run when reshuffling a contender so late in the season. As one Heat official recently put it, "Now you see why we didn't trade U.D." Dealing Udonis Haslem, the 11-season standby, the three-time champion and all-time franchise rebounding leader, whose jersey will rise to the rafters shortly after his retirement, and whose Dade County credentials are so secure that they even survived his stealth move to Broward? The guy who has taken less money than was available on the open market twice, and who has embodied the Heat's self-professed, prized "culture" more than any player other than his on-court "father figure" (and recently-minted Basketball Hall of Famer) Alonzo Mourning, never backing down from a challenge, a foe or a fight? Bleacher Report

April 2, 2014 Updates

Only Spoelstra’s system and culture and the best player in basketball afford the absences of Wade and Haslem for most of the season, and still compete for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. “Oh, no, I didn’t know I was going to be sitting all those games this year,” Haslem told RealGM. “Had no idea. It was difficult going through the situation, but I kept myself ready. I worked out every day with [James Jones], Rashard [Lewis], [Michael] Beasley, Toney Douglas and Justin Hamilton, playing three-on-three and keeping each other encouraged.” RealGM

March 5, 2014 Updates

So, Beverley was jawing with the Heat's players pretty much every second he was on the court, which was exactly 1,972 seconds. At one point, it appeared like Heat coach Erik Spoelstra subbed Cole out of the game so Cole wouldn't completely lose his mind and do something stupid. Cole might be the most level-headed player in the NBA, by the way. After the halftime buzzer, Udonis Haslem walked over to Beverley for a brief conversation. I asked Haslem about that conversation... "I was just giving him a hard time," Haslem said. "It was nothing serious. I just told him to stop talking crap and looking over at our bench. I know Pat. I think he the spent the summer with us. He's a hard-nosed kid, a real competitor, and I respect the road that he took and the success that he had, but he was just doing a lot of yapping and I told him to stop looking at our bench and talking crap. Miami Herald

"It wasn't nothing personal. I got a lot of love for Pat Beverley, but he was just looking over at our bench and talking and he's always got something to say. We're cool off the court, but in between the lines, I don't like it. "You play against a team that you worked out for, or you felt like you should have been there, or they made a mistake by letting you go, you try to prove something. And I guess he came out tonight with a chip on his shoulder." Miami Herald

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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