Udonis Haslem still showing why he’s ultimate Miami Heat ‘locker room guy’

Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat shoots over Luke Kornet #40 of the Boston Celtics(Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat shoots over Luke Kornet #40 of the Boston Celtics(Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat have an illustrious history of greatness, though that “illustrious history” isn’t that long, considering they are really among the league’s younger franchises. However, in that short amount of time, they have managed to accomplish quite the feats, such as their 3-way tie (Philadelphia, Detroit) for sixth in most titles among NBA franchises with three championships.

How about some of the players that have dawned the Miami Heat uniform, quite a few of the league’s greatest ever, such as their greatest player in franchise history in Dwyane Wade, his Big 3 Era cohorts in LeBron James, arguably the best player to ever play and definitely the second, and Chris Bosh, another Hall Of Famer.

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Then you have Shaquille O’Neal, Ray Allen, Gary Payton, and of course, Tim Hardaway, among quite a few others that you don’t even name. But among those and a guy symbolic of the very reason that this Miami Heat team has become what they are today among the rest of the league, their culture—the Miami Heat Culture, is Udonis Haslem.

Though not to the caliber, statistically only, of some of the guys mentioned above, his impact on the court, games, and the Heat winning at all levels is just as great.

All of that, his story, and how he still goes about his approach is why he is not just a great locker room guy, one of those players that may give you something on the court or not but definitely adds value with his mere presence on the team, but thee ultimate locker room guy for the Miami Heat.

And that’s why this “ode” to The Captain, The OG, The Anchor—UD was nothing less than more than appropriate by the Miami Heat.

The Miami Heat culture is a real thing. And the purveyor of that culture, Udonis Haslem, is the most tangible proof of such.

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And heck, many out there have found themselves questioning how the guy has found himself returning to the Heat roster for the last few years, making it to two decades and his last in this current season according to him, but all of the above-mentioned is why.

And if that’s not enough, it’s for all the stuff he’s done—and continues to do to show the next wave of guys or anybody else on the roster, in general, that if he can do it, then so can they. What stuff might you ask?

How about like this, a play from the Miami Heat’s most recent coliseum-worthy clash with the Boston Celtics?

It may not seem like much, but it matters for several reasons.

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It, again, sends that message of sacrificing from the top of the roster to the bottom but also delivers the Heat a possession. All in all, all of this is why Udonis Haslem is, has been, and will continue to be the ultimate Miami Heat locker room guy.