- The Miami Heat honored Udonis Haslem on Saturday night
- Section 305 of the Miami-Dade Arena will honor his career
- Haslem won three NBA championships with the Miami Heat
Udonis Haslem is undoubtedly a Miami Heat legend.
He may not be a superstar like LeBron James or Dwayne Wade, but he did play an integral part in the Heat’s championship teams.
To show their appreciation for Haslem, the Heat honored the long-time veteran by dedicating section 305 of the Miami-Dade Arena to the three-time NBA champion.
The intangibles that Haslem brings
For Heat fans, Haslem’s accountability and leadership made him such a beloved figure in Miami.
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He may have never averaged more than 12 points per game in a regular season or in the playoffs, but his contributions on and off the court were still priceless.
The 42-year-old has not played more than 16 contests during an NBA regular season since the 2015-16 campaign, when the Heat forward logged minutes in 37 of 82 games, per Deadspin.
Haslem has been the one constant in the Heat locker room since 2003. Wade has come and gone, yet Haslem is still here. He was already a Miami player long before Eric Spoelstra was appointed as the team’s head coach.
Haslem's three NBA titles
Haslem’s first coach in the NBA was Stan Van Gundy, who led the Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2005. Pat Riley took over as head coach the following season and Haslem was one of his critical guys in that title-winning year.
He repaid the legendary coach’s faith in him in Game 6 of the 2006 NBA Finals, scoring 17 points and grabbing ten rebounds in the series clincher against the Dallas Mavericks.
Haslem signed a five-year deal in July 2010 to remain with the Heat, which proved to be an excellent decision for both parties. He won his second championship in 2012, with the Heat defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.
The 2012-13 season was a memorable one for Haslem. He broke Alonzo Mourning’s franchise record in rebounds in the regular season before helping Miami win its second straight title in the 2013 NBA Finals.
Heat edge past Jazz
Sports Brief recently reported on the Heat’s win over the Jazz.
Jimmy Butler dazzled on both ends to seal the vital victory.
His stats included 24 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.