Udonis Haslem Rumors

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Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem
Position: F
Born: 06/09/80
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $2,564,753
Haslem is now 40, with three sons ranging in age from 9 to 21, and they’ve had a much different life experience given the lifestyle an NBA paycheck has afforded him. But Haslem still fears for his children because they exist in a place where they often look different than the people in their circle. “It’s even more scary,” Haslem said. “When you’re growing up in the inner city and you hear about police brutality and violence and things like that, you kind of feel like – and this is a terrible way to look at it – but you kind of be like, ‘It happens all the time.’ The police always messing with somebody. Or White people are always messing with us. You just kind of feel like that’s the norm. “And as you get older, you start to realize, that’s not normal and it’s not OK. And when you start to get out of your surroundings, which you were so confined in at that young age, you start to see the world at a different angle and different eyes and you realize there’s no way you should’ve been treated like that growing up. There’s no way your friends should’ve got harassed like that. There’s no way they went into your pockets and questioned you. But at that age, you just think that’s what it is.”
Storyline: Social Justice Messages
More Than A Vote, a group established by James and others in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, on Friday said it will donate $100,000 to help pay outstanding court debts of ex-felons so they can register to vote. The money will go to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which in 2018 successfully pushed to a constitutional amendment that lifted Florida’s lifetime voting ban on people with felony convictions. After the amendment passed, the Republican-led state Legislature earlier this year raised the bar for felons to vote, passing a law that is being challenged in federal court.
“I want to be a part of the solution. We have to have a plan moving forward, it has to be together. … I say to everybody, those people were terrible people before they put that badge on. They were terrible people before they put that badge on. For you to stand there and watch that, that ain’t got nothing to do with your badge, that has nothing to do with your color, that has nothing to do with your race. That’s something inside you that’s messed up. That’s your soul that ain’t right. So if you can stand there and watch that, I can’t say we can blame the whole armed forces and everybody who wears a badge. Ain’t no way.”
Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem spoke out Sunday about the unrest in Miami in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, while also expressing ongoing disgust with about what happened to Floyd in Minneapolis. Speaking at a news conference in Miami, Haslem said he felt compelled to add his voice to those who already have spoken out. “There definitely has to be justice for George,” Haslem said. “There definitely has to be protest for what happened to George. But I’d be lying if I said it’s been gone about the right way. I’d be lying if I said I’m proud of what’s really been going on.”
“I have an obligation to this community, because this community has done so much for me. But I also have an obligation to the police department, as well, who so many of my family are members — come here every day, and they work, take care of people, they make sure people are safe. So there’s got to be a better way. I stand here right now confused, torn, frustrated. I wasn’t even supposed to be here.”
The Heat has rights to both Vincent and Alexander this summer. Miami can convert their two-way deals into regular contracts or offer them another two-way deal during the offseason or preseason. The hope is that each will join the long list of Heat development success stories, including Udonis Haslem, Ike Austin, Voshon Lenard, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn and others. Ideally, Okpala and Silva — and Vincent and Alexander if two-way players are eligible to play in Orlando — would be able to observe in postseason.
The death of George Floyd, the resulting firing of four Minneapolis policemen, the ensuing rioting and the ongoing racial tensions left Udonis Haslem compelled to turn to Instagram earlier this week to share thoughts that he understands will be viewed through numerous prisms. “I have close friends and family in law enforcement,” the 39-year-old lifelong South Florida resident posted. “This doesn’t apply to everyone. There’s a lot of [bad] people in this world, but I’m the first to tell you there’s some damn good ones wearing that badge and we appreciate y’all.”
Haslem offered perspective on the Minneapolis situation and the questioning of law enforcement. “I just think people have got to be very careful about how they move, based on what they just saw,” he said of painting all of law enforcement with the same broad brush. “You’ve got to be very careful, because if somebody breaks into your house and it’s a burglar, who you gonna call? So I think, people just got to be very cautious about what they’re saying and how they’re reacting to it.”
The 39-year-old Haslem also weighed in on the possibility of the season resuming in a “bubble” scenario in which players are away from their families and isolated in an attempt to avoid a flare up of the disease. “Being away from our families and all of those different things like that, those are things we have to work through,” said Haslem. “There is a mental health part of things. You can’t just stick guys in a cage, let them out to play and then lock them back up again. It don’t work like that either.”
“I was surprised how fast everything happened,” Haslem said Wednesday. “I literally started getting phone calls and emails and text messages about the situation that was happening with Commissioner Russell and the City of Miami and everything. I was definitely surprised with how fast it happened. … I was happy that I was able to give some insight on what was going on with the people in the inner city and the community, so the commissioners and the City of Miami can know how to move and what to do.”
Russell then partnered with the Udonis Haslem Children’s Foundation and Stock-Up Mart to offer groceries and meals to out-of-work families directly affected by COVID-19 in his district. On Wednesday, the initiative dubbed “Power Forward Through Hunger” began when Haslem, Russell and Stock-Up Mart donated a week’s worth of groceries to 100 families in need during a drive-through event at Biscayne Park in Edgewater.
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Udonis Haslem still undecided about retirement

Haslem, 39, reiterated that he’s still undecided on whether to retire or continue his playing career at the end of this season. And yes, the fact that this season has been suspended and is in limbo could factor into his decision. “It’s hard to really say now because all the things that I really wanted at the end have been taken away from me,” said Haslem, who is in his 17th NBA season. “You want to walk away on your own terms, that has been taken away. You want an opportunity for the people that have loved and supported you and sacrificed so much for you to be here in this time of your career, that has been taken away. And you want to have something connected with the organization when you walk away.”
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Udonis Haslem: “Me and the Miami Heat will always be connected, that hasn’t been taken away. But I wanted to have the opportunity to sit down and plan something with them. I’ll never have something close to like what Dwyane had. But the organization and myself deserve to have one particular night when we have a situation collectively to represent one another and do it the right away.”
Haslem delivered meals Wednesday from his 800 Degrees restaurant, which he co-owns in Aventura with retired Heat guard Dwyane Wade, to personnel at the Central and North Miami Police stations and Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. It’s a continuation of Haslem’s recent food distribution effort amid the pandemic, as he also delivered meals from 800 Degrees to Memorial Hospital West staff in Pembroke Pines last week.

Storyline: Coronavirus
Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem delivered food Wednesday to two area hospitals and a fire station that hold a personal connection to him, including one that helped save his life. Haslem said he wanted to give back to the first responders in the coronavirus pandemic at the hospital in which the Miami native was born, the hospital that helped save his life when he had blood clots in 2010, and the fire station next to the community college where his father played semi pro basketball.
3 months ago via ESPN
Storyline: Coronavirus
“Everybody knows that I had a run in with blood clots years ago, could have lost my life,” the power forward said, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, during a visit to Memorial Hospital West. “Blood clot was on the way to my heart, and once it gets to your heart, if anybody knows about the medical side of things, that’s it. So I was close to losing my life, came here, they got me back. And they pretty much saved my life. “Without you guys, a lot of people say they wouldn’t be here. But without you guys, I literally wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have the opportunity to do what I’m doing right now.”
3 months ago via ESPN
Billy Donovan sympathized with bigs who are forced to play inside in college and will never do it in the pros. Udonis Haslem, who Donovan coached, had that experience before joining the Heat and rarely posting-up. His former staff agreed the G-League rules are better suited to develop players for the NBA. “It’s not like any college coach is a bad developer of talent,” he said. “The game is just different.”
Many have pointed to Adebayo as the next Heat icon — a lineage that includes Alonzo Mourning, Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade. And, as expected, Adebayo isn’t afraid of those expectations either. “You don’t want to be that one guy that can’t carry the load or isn’t ready to carry the load because it’s going to be a point in your career where it’s going to be your show,” Adebayo said. “So you have to put your big boy pants on and you got to go out there and produce, and I feel like I’ve done that so far this season. I feel like I really shouldered a lot of weight off of Jimmy [Butler], so Jimmy is not such the focal point. Just getting him easy buckets or just let him take a play off.
This is supposedly his farewell before retiring after 17 seasons in the NBA. The circumstances haven’t allowed it to enter his mind, especially the past two weeks. The league has been suspended since March 11 because the coronavirus outbreak, so Haslem’s finale has been put on hold. “Yeah, I mean, everybody, obviously, it comes to mind,” Haslem said on a conference call Friday. “For me, I’m still maintaining hope that we can salvage some of the basketball season. So I haven’t gotten to that point yet. And in the midst of all this, there is a lot going on. So I’m focused on a lot of different things right now that are keeping me occupied, as far as not really thinking about what’s going to happen as far as my last basketball game.”
Storyline: Udonis Haslem Retirement?
Udonis Haslem: And I’ll tell you one more thing — this idea about those people, that because of this coronavirus they’re going to go hungry? They were already hungry. Way before all this. They were already worrying about where their next meal was gonna come from, or where they’re gonna sleep tonight, or how they’re going to get their next dollar. And that’s what I need to get off my chest right here. Because it’s been eating me up — to see all this coverage of our city, from all these people who don’t even know what they’re talking about, that’s just focused on a bunch of kids acting stupid. This ain’t your f***ing beach, bruh. This is not your spring break. This s— is real life — and come to think of it, it’s more than even that. This s— is life and death.
Udonis Haslem: It’s funny — these kids fly down to places like South Beach for a couple days to party, and they think that’s Miami. But they’ve never seen the real Miami. They’ve never been to Liberty City. They’ve never seen the side of this city that’s living check to check. The side of this city that’s surviving meal to meal. And let me just tell you something, man — there’s a Liberty City in every city. It’s regular people, with regular struggles. And I don’t know how I can get everyone to listen, but I say this from the bottom of my heart: The people growing up in the real Miami? They’re as vulnerable during this crisis as anybody. And I’ll tell you one more thing — this idea about those people, that because of this coronavirus they’re going to go hungry? They were already hungry. Way before all this. They were already worrying about where their next meal was gonna come from, or where they’re gonna sleep tonight, or how they’re going to get their next dollar.