What a fate for Udonis Haslem! From a first pro season in Chalon-sur-Saône in 2002-2003 to 19 consecutive seasons in Florida, defending the colors of the Miami Heat, he won three NBA championship titles.
If its purely sporting impact has become minimal for several years, the prospect of seeing the interior hang up would necessarily represent the end of an era at the Heat. Two months before the resumption of the regular season, Udonis Haslem is still at the time of choice. Stop or again?
For the moment, position 4 has confided that it has not made its decision, still leaving itself the opportunity to play a 20th consecutive season in Miami. Two elements emerged from his reflection. The first is that he will continue to work for his heart franchise, whether on the field or outside.
” I do not know. We’re still thinking about it. But no matter what, I will always be part of the Heat family. I’m not going anywhere else whether I keep playing or not. I would always have an impact on the franchise”he confided.
Did the death of his father change the situation?
The second element to integrate is the death of his father, which may have changed his way of seeing things. On the one hand, he could be motivated by the prospect of completing a 20th year in his memory. On the other hand, he now sees things differently.
“For me, there are a lot of things that come into play. There are a lot of things that I really had to think about. Playing 20 years in the NBA is a discussion I had with my father. But things change, and he’s gone now. Goals changehe added. “It’s always something I have to fight against. Because it’s a subject we were talking about, with the will to do it in a certain way. Things have changed since he left, but we will find a solution”.
At 42, Udonis Haslem, however, has the opportunity to climb the hierarchy in the ranking of players with the greatest longevity in NBA history since he would thus join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Jamal Crawford, who count also 20 seasons on the clock. He could also match Kobe and Dirk Nowitzki in loyalty with a 20th season with the same franchise.
Definitely, it makes you think.