Udonis Haslem
American basketball player
Udonis Haslem
Udonis Johneal Haslem is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Haslem played college basketball for the University of Florida, where he was a key member of four Florida Gators NCAA tournament teams. He played professional basketball in France for a year, and then signed with the Miami Heat as an undrafted free agent in 2003.
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Athletes respond to Donald Trump's 'locker room talk' defense of taped comments
ABC News - 4 months
MIAMI --? Udonis Haslem was leading some banter with Heat?teammates after practice Monday, the jokes and laughter helping everyone wind down after practice. That's how he defines locker room talk. Donald Trump's characterization of his caught-on-tape crude and predatory comments about women as "locker room talk" has raised the ire of plenty of athletes, the overwhelming majority saying that what goes on even in private doesn't match up to what the Republican presidential nominee said on the now-infamous leaked tape. "I don't know what locker room he's been in," Haslem said. "No, I didn't appreciate it, to be completely honest. That's not our locker room talk. I don't know Trump very well at all, but I don't know who he's played for the last couple years to even say he's been in anybody's locker room and had those kind of conversations." On the tape, recorded in 2005, Trump bragged about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women other than... ...
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Heat Rally From 21 Down, Rout Rockets 109-89
NYTimes - over 1 year
Udonis Haslem didn't play a single second for the Miami Heat on Sunday night.
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NBA Stars Send Thoughts And Prayers To Lamar Odom
Huffington Post - over 1 year
NBA players everywhere are reacting to news that former NBA star Lamar Odom is "fighting for his life" after being hospitalized. Odom was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel on Tuesday afternoon and remains in a coma, according to multiple reports. Former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant reportedly left Tuesday night's Lakers preseason game early to visit Odom, who's currently being cared for at a Las Vegas hospital. While Bryant headed out to check on Odom, other NBA stars tweeted well-wishes for Odom and his family: PRAYERS all the way UP for my brother Lamar Odom!!! — DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 14, 2015 I can't help but to be up right now... THINKING about my ex teammate/ friend LO.. On my knees praying...please God let him pull thru.. — DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 14, 2015 Prayers go out to Lamar Odom and his family please God anything u can do to help him thru this — Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) October 14, 2015 Praying fo ...
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Veteran forward Haslem re-signs with Heat
Yahoo News - over 2 years
The Miami Heat have re-signed veteran forward Udonis Haslem, who is the club's all-time leader in rebounds. Haslem is the third of four team members who opted out of their contracts at the end of the National Basketball Association season and then chose to re-sign with the Heat. The only one who didn't re-sign was superstar LeBron James who decided to bolt for his hometown team the Cleveland Cavaliers. The deal means the 34-year-old Haslem will be back for his 12th season with Miami.
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Heat find team spirit by checking egos at the door
Yahoo News - over 2 years
By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - When the Miami Heat assembled their 'Big Three' four years ago skeptics wondered if head coach Erik Spoelstra would be able to mould all that talent into an effective team or if they would end up a squabbling set of egos. With the two-time defending champion Heat set to compete in a fourth consecutive NBA Finals starting on Thursday, Spoelstra has silenced the cynics in the clearest way possible. No one would now suggest that All-Stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh cannot play as a team nor is their a serious argument that the Heat's supporting cast isn't up to scratch. The likes of Chris Andersen, Norris Cole and Ray Allen have all made vital while men with lesser minutes, such as Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis, have also stepped up when needed.
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Heat Rings Ceremony: Miami Celebrated 2012-2013 NBA Title On Opening Night (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
MIAMI -- MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade couldn't wait to be awarded his third NBA championship ring. So he decided to sneak a pregame peek at his newest piece of jewelry. And yes, he approved. "I think they get better every year," Wade said. By now, he would be an expert in that field. he Heat got their rings Tuesday night, shortly before beginning their quest for a third consecutive championship by opening the season against the Eastern Conference rival Chicago Bulls. Packaged in sharp white boxes, the rings weighed nearly 5 ounces each and included 242 round-cut diamonds, 1½ carats of custom baguette-cut diamonds, and three black onyx stones totaling 10.3 carats. The way Wade sees it, the rings are enormous out of necessity. "It's always good to add another trophy to the rings," Wade said. "For our franchise, this is our third one, so to add another trophy onto those rings they had to be a little bigger." STORY CONTINUES BELOW For Heat President Pat Riley, it was his nin ...
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A 'Vows' Column Acknowledges Abortion
Forward - over 3 years
There was something a little bit different about a “Vows” column that showed up in last weekend’s New York Times. One chapter in a long, hurdle-filled, but ultimately fruitful story of love between athletes Faith Rein and Udonis Haslem was the termination of a pregnancy — an abortion that led to the blossoming of a deeper love. Their first challenge took place the following spring when she became pregnant. It was her junior and his senior year, and he had begun training for the N.B.A. draft. Despite the pregnancy, she was busy with track meets and helping him complete homework. The timing was bad. “I am not a huge fan of abortion, but we both had sports careers, plus we could not financially handle a baby,” said Mr. Haslem, noting how he struggled with supporting Kedonis, the son he had in high school, who is now 14 and who lives with his mother. “Udonis appreciated that I was willing to have an abortion,” Ms. Rein said. “I found ...
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Faith Rein and Udonis Haslem: Taking Their Very Sweet Time
NYTimes - over 3 years
Faith Rein and Udonis Haslem, a player for the Miami Heat, were married after many years together.     
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Update!
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
MIAMI -- The Miami Heat's protracted courtship of Greg Oden included face time in front of the free-agent center Tuesday by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Heat Vice President of Player Personnel Chet Kammerer. The Heat have expressed interest in Oden over the past two seasons, including several exchanges between Heat President Pat Riley and agent Mike Conley Sr. Tuesday's workout in Indianapolis was limited, with Oden, 25, still working his way back from a series of injuries that have had him out of the league since a Dec. 5, 2009 game with the Portland Trail Blazers. According to a source familiar with the situation, the 7-foot center's decision ultimately could come down to the team that steps up with the most significant offer. A decision is expected within a week. While the Heat remain in possession of their $3.2 million taxpayer mid-level exception, the belief is their preference is to offer Oden the $1 million veteran's minimum. It remains unclear whether the Heat ...
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Heat Amnesty Miller
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
MIAMI -- Mike Miller was a luxury that the Miami Heat decided they could no longer afford. Miller was designated Tuesday as the team's amnesty player, a move that may save the Heat more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years and comes only a few days after team president Pat Riley said the two-time defending NBA champions were hoping to keep the core of the roster largely intact for next season. But with the team's tax bill set to be bigger than ever – depending on what the final payroll numbers are, the Heat could pay as much as $2.50 per $1 they are over the salary-cap threshold for this coming season under the league's new and more punitive rules – the team ultimately made the call to part with Miller, a move that he suspected was coming. "I understand the business side of basketball," Miller told The Associated Press. "It's a combination of being very, very thankful for the opportunity that I've had, but it hurts that we had a chanc ...
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Heat F Udonis Haslem played through knee injury, needs surgery to fix meniscus tear
Fox News - over 3 years
Heat forward Udonis Haslem played through much of the second half of Miami's season with a torn right meniscus, and told The Associated Press that surgery will be required to repair the previously undisclosed injury.
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Heat Contract Math Explained
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
MIAMI -- The Miami Heat schooled the NBA during the regular season and playoffs. Now comes the hard part, the math. Here's an update to help make sense of the numbers. LeBron James 2013-14 contract status: James is under contract for $19 million next season, with two additional seasons on his contract. He holds a player opt-out for both the 2014 and 2015 offseasons, when he can become a free agent. How the math works: No sooner did the championship horn sound on the 2013 title then the clock began running toward James' June 30, 2014 opt-out deadline. It will be a season-long reality. Dwyane Wade 2013-14 contract status: Wade is under contract for $18.7 million next season, with two additional seasons on his contract. He holds a player opt-out for both the 2014 and 2015 offseasons, when he can become a free agent. How the math works: Wade's knee issues make it possible he bypasses both his 2014 and 2015 opt-outs, unless he can get more years in return for less mon ...
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Jordan Schultz: LeBron James Leads Heat To NBA Finals Title With Legendary Performance
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Game 6 of the NBA Finals was such a seesaw battle of emotions and just sheer basketball that nobody, perhaps not even the San Antonio or Miami players, knew what Game 7 would bring. And, after a two-point Heat lead at halftime, where a series of jabs and hooks were thrown, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade offered a solution: Play like the superstars they are in a 95-88 victory. LeBron James knocked down five huge 3-pointers in Game 7 on the heels of shooting just 29 percent from distance throughout the first six games of The Finals. (Getty Images) While the scoreless Chris Bosh offered a surprisingly good effort defensively on Tim Duncan, it was Miami's "Big 2" of Wade and James who combined for a hearty 59 points. James -- who had been mired in an atrocious 29 percent slump from 3 in the Finals -- knocked down five 3s en route to 37 points and Wade, on the heels of a brutal Game 6, found his mid-range game early and often. Both were highly active and aggressive, but as ...
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5 Things To Watch For In NBA Finals Game 6
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
MIAMI (AP) — Five things to watch for in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, as the San Antonio Spurs try to clinch their fifth title and end the Miami Heat's reign on Tuesday night: ___ HOW THE HEAT START: Even at home, Miami has started games in slow motion during these playoffs. Combined score of first quarters in Miami so far in the postseason: Heat 249, Opponents 247. That's stunning for a team with as much talent as Miami, and probably won't fly for the Heat in a win-or-else Game 6 against the Spurs. Look for the Heat to come out with a sense of urgency from the very beginning of Game 6, as they try to establish a tone for the night, which would presumably keep the Spurs from finding their own rhythm. And then, sustaining whatever early push comes will be key. Two years ago, in the game where Dallas won the title in Miami, it was the Mavericks who fell behind 20-11 early then scored 29 of the game's next 37 points on their way to a victory. ...
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Finals Notebook: Heat Aiming To Halt 4th-Quarter Funks
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
MIAMI (AP) — Finishing games is becoming a concern for the Miami Heat. They led the NBA this season in fourth-quarter field-goal percentage, and probably could have posted even bigger numbers if so many of their games hadn't already been decided before the final 12 minutes of play. But in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Heat managed only 16 points against the San Antonio Spurs, and lost by four. It was the seventh straight game where the Heat failed to score 25 in the fourth quarter, after doing so in eight of their first 10 playoff games. And while some of the credit goes to the level of defense Indiana and San Antonio played in those seven games, but it's still a point of Miami emphasis heading into Game 2 of the finals on Sunday night. "The competition is better," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday. "If you're playing against the best defenses, every single night, that's what's going to happen. But we need to do a better jo ...
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Jordan Schultz: LeBron James' Brilliance Has Heat 1 Game Away From NBA Finals
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
It's impossible to judge how good a NBA head coach is until one sees how he handles the playoffs. Time management or the overarching philosophy for the 82-game slugfest that is the regular season is one thing, but it's not until the postseason that a coach can really make his mark. By that point, players recognize general tendencies, favorite types of pick-and-roll and special situation sets. How a coach responds to that familiarity can often determine his team's fate. But then there is Miami's otherworldly LeBron James, who, in Game 5 Thursday night, showed Frank Vogel and the Pacers why people like to say players, not coaches, win championships. LeBron James accounted for 25 of Miami's 30 third-quarter points in the Heat's Game 5 win. (Getty Images) On the heels of a Game 4 loss in which he committed a ridiculous flop and also "fouled out" (thanks to a call that was questionable at best), James' singular mission in Game 5 seemed to be to take out all of his frus ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Udonis Haslem
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On July 10, 2016, Haslem re-signed with the Heat.
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  • 2015
    On February 20, 2015, Haslem made his first career three-pointer in a 111-87 win over the New York Knicks.
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  • 2014
    On July 18, 2014, Haslem signed a two-year, $5.59 million deal with the Heat.
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    On June 28, 2014, Haslem decided to opt out of his contract to become a free agent.
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    Haslem and the Heat defeated the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to their fourth straight Finals in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The Heat lost in the Finals to the San Antonio Spurs in five games.
  • 2013
    On August 24, 2013, Haslem married Faith Rein, a sports broadcaster in New York City, whom he dated for 14 years.
    More Details Hide Details He met Rein in 1999 while attending the University of Florida, where she was a member of the Florida Gators track and field team, and a couple of months later, invited her to Popeye's restaurant for a fried chicken dinner. In 2007, they had their first child, a son named Josiah, and they later had a second son, Elijah. On August 29, 2012, he proposed to her. A year later, they hosted a wedding which LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other Miami Heat teammates and coaches attended. He also appeared in the music video for the song "GDFR" by Flo Rida. As well as in the music video for Bet That by Trick Daddy featuring Chamillionaire and Gold Ru$h. Udonis Haslem's mother, Debra, was Puerto Rican.
    In the 2013–14 season, Haslem played in a reduced role.
    More Details Hide Details The Heat finished with 54 wins and the 2nd seed in the East behind the Indiana Pacers, who won 56 games.
    He won his third championship on June 20, 2013, when the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in an intense seven game series.
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    In the 2013 playoffs, Haslem shot 8 of 9 from the field in both Game 3 and Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers.
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  • 2012
    During the 2012–13 regular season, Haslem averaged a career-low 18.9 minutes per game, but his shooting percentage from the field rose to 51% after dropping to 42% the previous season.
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    On November 21, 2012 in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Haslem passed Alonzo Mourning to become the franchise leader in total rebounds with 4,808, breaking Mourning's previous record of 4,807.
    More Details Hide Details Mourning was in attendance for the game and applauded Haslem for his milestone. Haslem also became the first undrafted player to lead a franchise in rebounding.
    In the 2012–13 season, Haslem continued to come off the bench for the Heat.
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    Haslem averaged 4.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in the 2012 playoffs.
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  • 2011
    In the 2011–12 season Haslem averaged 6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 64 games backing up Chris Bosh.
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  • 2010
    Following the Heat's acquisition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, and the re-signing of Dwyane Wade, there was speculation as to whether Haslem would remain with the team or sign elsewhere. On July 12, 2010, Haslem re-signed with the Heat, even though he would have received nearly $10 million more if he had signed with the Dallas Mavericks or Denver Nuggets.
    More Details Hide Details Thirteen games into the season, Haslem was sidelined by a torn ligament in his foot. He would return during the playoffs against the Boston Celtics and had a breakout performance in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls, scoring 13 points in 23 minutes. The Heat would advance to the Finals but would lose in 6 games to the Dallas Mavericks.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In the 2008–09 season, Haslem started at power forward as the Heat reached the playoffs before falling in 7 games to the Atlanta Hawks.
    More Details Hide Details The following season, Haslem came off the bench with Quentin Richardson filling in the small forward position and Michael Beasley being named the starting power forward.
  • 2007
    In the 2007–08 season with Shaquille O'Neal having been traded and Alonzo Mourning going down with an injury, Haslem played the center position and averaged 12 points and 9 rebounds.
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  • 2006
    After defeating Indiana and then defeating the Boston Celtics in 7 games, the franchise would win its second championship against the Oklahoma City Thunder with Haslem and Wade being the only remaining players from the 2006 championship team.
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    He would continue to start at power forward in the 2006–07 regular season.
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    On November 10, 2006, Haslem scored a career-high 28 points on 10-for-14 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in a 113–106 win over the Nets.
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    The NBA reviewed the incident, and they suspended Haslem for game 2 of the series against the Bulls on April 24, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Haslem started every playoff game as the Heat defeated the Bulls, Nets and Pistons before reaching the Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 17 points in the title-clinching game 6.
    On April 22, 2006, in a first-round playoff game against the Chicago Bulls, Haslem was ejected for throwing his mouthpiece at referee Joe Crawford.
    More Details Hide Details Haslem had been upset that a foul was not called on a play on the Bulls' end of the court. After the game, he claimed that he had not deliberately aimed at Crawford, and that the mouthpiece's trajectory was an accident. He apologized to fans and to his teammates, and stated that he would also apologize to Crawford when the opportunity arose.
  • 2005
    In 2005–06, he again was the starting power forward.
    More Details Hide Details Despite increased pressure from O'Neal battling injuries and the acquisition of three-time All-Star Antoine Walker, Haslem retained the starting spot.
  • 2004
    He assumed the starting power forward position in 2004 after teammate Lamar Odom was traded as part of a package that brought in superstar center Shaquille O'Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers.
    More Details Hide Details He was helpful yet again, being a tough rebounder and developing an effective 15-foot jump-shot. He had been called a perfect complement to O'Neal's style of play, and was critical in the Heat's playoff run to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons. Following the season his two-year contract was renewed after upping his rookie averages of 7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds to 10.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in his second season.
  • 2003
    He was signed by the Miami Heat as an undrafted rookie in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details As a rookie, he backed up Brian Grant and provided rebounding and defense. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, and played in the rookie challenge during All-Star weekend.
  • 2002
    After leaving Florida in 2002, his weight ballooned in excess of 300 pounds.
    More Details Hide Details Haslem then signed with Chalon-Sur-Saône, a professional team in France. While averaging 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, Haslem also managed to lose 70 pounds over the course of that year, which resulted in him earning a spot in the NBA summer league.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    As the Gators' starting center for four years, he was part of Donovan's 1998 recruiting class that raised the national prominence of the Florida Gators basketball program, and included future Miami Heat teammate Mike Miller.
    More Details Hide Details Fans would yell the letter "U" in unison after his big plays. His sophomore season saw the team advance to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game, before falling to the Michigan State Spartans 89–76. The Gators received NCAA tournament invitations four consecutive years during his college career–the first time in the program's history. During his tenure with Florida, Haslem averaged 13.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. Haslem also ranks third in team history in points scored (1,782) and tenth in rebounds (831). He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2012.
    Haslem accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators basketball team from 1998 to 2002, while majoring in leisure service management.
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  • 1997
    Haslem was born in Miami. He attended Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida, then Miami Senior High School in Miami. He helped lead Miami High to state titles in 1997 and 1998 (the last two of three in a row), playing alongside another future NBA player, Steve Blake.
    More Details Hide Details The team was coached by current South Carolina head coach Frank Martin. However, an investigation by the Miami New Times revealed that Haslem, Blake and several other players circumvented residency requirements. The New Times reported that while he claimed to live in Miami, he actually lived in Miramar, in Broward County. His official school address was an efficiency apartment owned by a longtime Miami High booster, which was also a violation of Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) rules. As a result, Miami High was stripped of its 1998 title and ordered to forfeit its entire schedule.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born on June 9, 1980.
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