Miami Heat big man Udonis Haslem is a Heat lifer. He has spent the last 20 years playing for the Heat organization and has won three championships in Miami, one in 2006, one in 2012, and the other in 2013. At his advanced age, Haslem isn't the player he once was for the Heat, but his leadership off the court has been invaluable to the team's NBA Finals run this postseason, as Haslem knows what it takes to win in the playoffs.
Haslem dropped a four-word truth bomb on Heat Culture and gushed about the Miami Heat organization, per a recent article from The Athletic's William Guillory:
“It’s not for everybody.”
“Things change and evolve around the league, but we’re always about stability, loyalty and commitment. … When you talk about culture, it’s not just the basketball. When we talk about it, it’s family. We talk about a brotherhood. All these guys that you see here (on the coaching staff): Caron Butler, Malik Allen, Chris Quinn. I played with these guys. (Anthony) Carter, I just missed, but I grew up watching AC when he played here. All this is like family.”
Udonis Haslem, 42, averaged 3.9 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.3 blocks, 0.1 turnovers, and 1.6 personal fouls per game across seven appearances this season (one start).
Haslem and the Heat should view Thursday night's Game 1 as a must-win game. After all, if Butler, Adebayo, and the Heat beat Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and the Denver Nuggets on their home floor, the Heat will have home-court advantage in this NBA Finals series.