Miami Heat icon Udonis Haslem is hoping the 2019-20 NBA season can be salvaged at some point.
The Heat legend says he’s not thinking about retirement because he wants the season to resume once the coronavirus dies down:
“Yeah, I mean, everybody, obviously, it comes to mind,” Udonis Haslem said during a conference call on Friday, per Ira Winderman of The Sun-Sentinel. “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.”
Haslem is mostly wanted back on the Heat after this season for his veteran leadership. Having the young guys on the team watch Haslem work and train will be beneficial to the Heat in the long run.
In 857 games with the Heat, Haslem has career averages of 7.6 points and 6.7 rebounds. He’s a three-time NBA champion and the Heat’s all time leader in offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and total rebounds.
Miami was in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings prior to play being suspended due to COVID-19. The Heat, led by All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, had an impressive record of 41-24.
NBA owners are hoping play can be resumed in the summer or fall. Heat fans would like to see Haslem play in the postseason again, as the team missed the playoffs last season in Dwyane Wade’s final year.