Where is the love for Udonis Haslem?
Much has been made of Dwyane Wade's newest final season for the Miami Heat, but everyone is sleeping on UD. While Haslem's role for Miami has diminished over the last three seasons, he is still fucking awesome.
UD's voice has been vital to the locker room and the Heat's success. The 38-year-old Miami native is one of the team’s captains, and it’s not uncommon for him to mentor teammates on the bench during games or raise his voice at halftime — even before coaches enter the room — when things are not going to his liking.
“UD is always the guy who sets the standard for teammates,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic said.
Haslem, a Miami High grad and an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida, has spent his entire NBA career with the Heat. He has been part of all three NBA championship teams in franchise history. Wade can't say that. Shaq can't say that. LeBron can't say that.
Haslem is the Heat’s all-time leader in rebounds (5,711). He is the first undrafted player in NBA history to be a team’s all-time leading rebounder.
Let's honor a legend and put a statute honoring what UD does best: Taking a charge.
PS. UD also has the best song written about a basketball player: