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Udonis Haslem goes viral for savage response to troll

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Udonis Haslem went full George Jefferson this week.

The Miami Heat veteran Haslem had a savage response to an Instagram troll on Wednesday. At one point during the previous day’s game, the 42-year-old Haslem was tasked with defending Boston Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum, who is nearly two decades Haslem’s junior. The moment made for quite the sight, and Tatum easily blew by Haslem for the layup.

An Instagram user by the name of “yuval.griffin” reacted to the video with the comment, “why is that artifact on Tatum in the first place?” That led to a reply from Haslem himself, who hit back with two words — “yo momma!!!”

Haslem, who is in his 20th and final NBA season, has not seen much court time over the last half-decade. But he was pressed into service Wednesday with primary Heat backup center Dewayne Dedmon sidelined due to a foot injury. Fellow bigs Omer Yurtseven (still recovering from ankle surgery) and Orlando Robinson (now back in the G League) were also unavailable as was Heat star Jimmy Butler, creating an even bigger frontcourt vacuum.

The three-time champion Haslem should not feel too bad because no one on the Heat was able to stop Tatum, who finished with a season-high 49 points in a 134-121 victory for the Celtics. But at least Haslem’s trash talk game is still as sharp was it was in his prime.

Udonis Haslem takes savage shot at ex-Celtics greats

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Udonis Haslem is still not backing down at 42 years old.

Retired former Boston Celtics greats Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett made some unflattering comments this week about the Miami Heat on an episode of Garnett’s podcast. Amid a bumpy 2-4 start to the year for Miami, Garnett called out the Heat for supposedly having “no identity.” Pierce took it a step further, saying of the Heat that “their [championship] window is closing.”

You can read the full comments of the ex-Celtics duo here (via Heat Nation).

In response, Haslem rolled up his sleeves and went in on his two old rivals.

“No matter what you say, it won’t change that a– whooping y’all took back in the day!!!” Haslem wrote on Instagram over a screenshot of Garnett and Pierce’s remarks (profanity edited by LBS). “I know a lot about windows closing cause we slammed y’all s–t and locked y’all suckas out forever ever!!! #L7 #6gamesinyallalreadyhating.”

Haslem, who is in his 20th consecutive season with the Heat, battled against Garnett, Pierce, and the rest of the Celtics in the playoffs in 2010, 2011, and 2012. While Boston won the first battle, Miami got the next two, effectively crumbling that era of Celtics basketball. Boston never made it past the first round in the Garnett-Pierce era again, and both players were finally traded to Brooklyn in 2013.

As for this season, it is probably too early to be making bold proclamations about any NBA team, especially since we are still in October. But Haslem has never taken disrespect toward the Heat before, and he is not about to start now.

Udonis Haslem tries to learn ‘Griddy’ in hilarious viral video

Udonis Haslem in a Heat shirt

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If you have ever wondered what the grandfather of the NBA would look like trying to do the ‘Griddy,’ wonder no more.

A funny video made the rounds on Sunday of Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem attempting to learn the popular viral dance. In the video, which was originally posted by the official Heat Instagram page, Miami rookie Orlando Robinson, two decades Haslem’s junior, guided Haslem through the moves.

That is not a bad effort from the 42-year-old Haslem, the NBA’s oldest active player who is about to enter his 20th career season. But it does give off some “learning to dance from written instructions” type of vibes.

The “Griddy” was first brought to the mainstream by former LSU teammates Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase and has now taken the NFL, the NBA, and other leagues by storm over the last couple of years. At least Haslem did not look as awkward hitting the ‘Griddy’ as this other older sports figure did.

Udonis Haslem makes decision about NBA future

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Miami Heat mainstay Udonis Haslem has made his decision about potentially playing a 20th NBA season in 2022-23.

Haslem confirmed Sunday that he will return to the Heat, fulfilling a goal set for him by his father. The 42-year-old had been a free agent, though the choice was always between the Heat and retirement.

Haslem is little more than a bit part player at this stage of his career. The three-time NBA champion only makes a handful of appearances per season, including 13 last year. He is essentially a player-coach, and the team values his presence so highly that they sent a delegation to talk him into returning at the start of the offseason.

Haslem has had a remarkable career, particularly considering he was originally an undrafted free agent who signed with the Heat in 2003. This appears likely to be his final season, and Miami would love to send him out with a fourth title.

Miami Heat went all-out in recruitment effort of franchise legend

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When the free agency negotiation period opened on Thursday, the Miami Heat wasted no time going after a very important player.

According to veteran reporter Tim Reynolds, the Heat sent a delegation of employees to recruit Udonis Haslem. The Heat are hoping that Haslem will return to them for a 20th season.

Haslem is 42 and has played for the Heat since 2003. If he returns to the team, he would match the late Kobe Bryant for the second-longest tenure by an NBA player with the same team. Dirk Nowitzki is the record holder with 21 seasons played for the Mavericks.

After the playoffs ended, Haslem indicated he was uncertain about his playing future. Even though he is barely a contributor on the court, Haslem offers a strong locker-room presence and functions somewhat as a coach.

Heat legend uncertain about his playing future

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The Miami Heat’s most-tenured player is unsure about his future.

The Heat were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday. The loss denied Miami the chance to reach the Finals for the second time in three years.

Udonis Haslem has played for the Heat since 2003-2004 and seen it all. He turns 42 in just over a week and says he plans to take his time before making a decision on a possible return to the team.

Haslem is more of a coach than a player, though he did see action in 12 games during the regular season. Him not returning to the team would be a significant change given his steady presence with the franchise over the last two decades.

If Haslem does not return as a player, one would figure that he might remain with the team in some other capacity. If he does return to the team, he would tie the late Kobe Bryant for the second-longest tenure with the same team (20 seasons). Dirk Nowitzki holds the record at 21 seasons. Haslem would need to reach a Julio Franco age before matching Dirk’s mark.

Heat players respond to Draymond Green prediction

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat avoided elimination with their 111-103 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics on Friday. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may have provided some extra motivation for the Heat to do so.

After the Warriors clinched a spot in the NBA Finals Thursday, Green predicted they would face the Boston Celtics.

The Heat apparently took notice.

Durning a postgame interview on ESPN’s “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt,” Heat forward P.J. Tucker had a simple message for Green.

“Tell Draymond I said I appreciate it,” Tucker said.

Fellow Heat forward Udonis Haslem echoed similar sentiments. ESPN game analyst Mark Jackson revealed what Haslem had to say about Green postgame.

“[Haslem] wants a message to be relayed,” Jackson said. “He said, ‘Tell Draymond Green thank you.'”

The Heat looked dead in the water during Games 4 and 5, but played with a sense of urgency in Game 6. Much of that could be credited to Jimmy Butler, who scored 47 points. But Green’s slight probably added fuel to the fire. If the Heat advance, it would set up an intriguing matchup from that standpoint.

Game 7 between the Heat and Celtics is scheduled for Sunday, with the winner playing on Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Video shows what Udonis Haslem said to Jimmy Butler during heated exchange

Erik Spoelstra talks with Jimmy Butler

Things got heated on the Miami Heat bench Wednesday night during the team’s 118-104 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The game was tied at the half, but then the Warriors went on a 19-0 run to start the third quarter. Miami had to take a timeout during the run, and that’s when things got heated on the bench. Jimmy Butler seemed to get upset with coach Erik Spoelstra. Udonis Haslem then stepped in to challenge Butler.

A different angle reveals what was said during the exchange.

“What, do you think I’m going to f—ing fight you?” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said to Butler.

Haslem then told Butler he would beat the star’s rear.

That was intense.

Butler has always been known as a strong personality who is demanding. But what we now know too is that Spoelstra doesn’t take a lot of nonsense. We already knew that Haslem didn’t.

The Heat all downplayed the incident after the game, saying this isn’t much different from how they behave during practice.

Udonis Haslem has warning for Nikola Jokic’s brothers

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Udonis Haslem is ready for the smoke ahead of the much-awaited rematch between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets.

The Heat veteran offered a warning this weekend for Nikola Jokic’s brothers in anticipation of Monday’s game against the Nuggets in Miami.

“I keep hearing about the Jokic brothers buying tickets to come to the game. They better stay in line and don’t come down there and start trouble,” said Haslem, per the Miami Herald. “Miami is my city. It’s my city.”

Haslem also said that last month’s incident between Jokic and Heat forward Markieff Morris (video here) is in the past.

“I have nothing to do with that, man,” he said. “We’re going to play a basketball game. That’s over with. I don’t have nothing to do with that.”

Jokic’s brothers, Nemanja and Strahinja, might not be so willing to let the incident go though. They created a Twitter account just to threaten Morris’ twin brother Marcus, who had expressed displeasure with what Nikola did. There have also some rampant rumors that the Jokic brothers will be in attendance for Monday’s game.

For Haslem though, he is a Miami native who has spent his entire 19-season career with the Heat. He’ll be ready to defend his turf if need be on Monday.

Photo: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Udonis Haslem slams ESPN analyst for ‘bulls–t’ take on Jokic-Morris incident

Udonis Haslem

The OG of the Miami Heat is speaking out on the incident between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris from Monday’s game.

ESPN analyst Richard Jefferson had an Instagram post on Tuesday where he essentially said that Jokic, though wrong for retaliating, would not have done so if Morris had not fouled him first.

“Naw RJ. I disagree,” Haslem commented on the post. “Jokic takes fouls on people like that all the time to stop the break. So idk what the big deal was. Secondly I’ve been in my share of brawls. Dishing and taking. You don’t hit nobody in the back who is walking away after taking one. That’s bulls–t and you better than that bra!!!”

Haslem’s Heat teammates certainly agreed that Jokic was out of pocket for his reaction. The viral photo of them waiting out in the hallway for the Nuggets afterwards shows just as much.

As for Haslem himself, he has definitely seen it all in his 19 seasons in the NBA. Even in his 40s, Haslem is not afraid to go after opponents head-on.

Photo: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports