Miami Heat: Key To Heat’s Title Hopes Rests With Udonis Haslem

August 3rd, 2010 by Hardcourt Mayhem Leave a reply »


Distinction is a synonym for an “asset” and Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem certainly epitomizes an underrated or undervalued asset or distinction for Miami. He is, in my view, one of the main reasons the Heat are likely to win a title this coming year, and not just another player riding the coattails of the “Three Kings” to a ring.

When many look at Miami Heat power forward,Haslem, they probably only see the cornrows, the tattoo-covered body and the “scowl.”

That scowl has both instilled fear in Miami Heat opponents who have had to shoulder the burden of trying to score on Haslem (and trying to stop his very efficient and consistent offensive onslaught), and has made many wrongly look upon him as nothing more than another thuggish basketball player.

While “UD,” as he’s known to Heat fans, had a troubled childhood (his mother battled drug abuse while he was growing up), he also was surrounded by people who loved him and instilled him with a sense of purpose and discipline.

That purpose and sense of discipline has served him well throughout his a ...

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