When Miami Heat legend Udonis Haslem announced earlier this summer that he would be returning for his 20th season in the NBA, the veteran received a lot of criticism from sports pundits and fans across the country.
The truth is, there seems to be a pretty widespread feeling that, at this point, Haslem is basically extending his NBA career for no reason. Many people seem to believe that he offers little benefit to the Heat and occupies a crucial place in the roster.
That’s the case despite the fact that the Heat clearly value his presence on the roster as they continue to sign him to one-year contracts. The general belief is that Haslem offers a unique perspective as a veteran and three-time champion.
Additionally, Haslem recently claimed that NBA superstars come to him for advice because his opinion is highly valued in the league.
“I have all kinds of guys from other teams, including some superstars from other teams, coming up and asking for advice because they value my advice and they value my opinion, and I trust that,” he told the paper. Miami Herald earlier this summer. “There is often a breach of trust when it comes to ownership and players. There will never be that in this situation or in any situation that involves me.”
It’s amazing to know how much Haslem’s opinion is valued across the league. While he doesn’t do much on the court at this point in his career, he has immense value in the locker room when it comes to helping guide players no matter what stage they are at in their careers.
This season, Haslem will once again try to be a great leadership voice within the Heat organization. Although the Heat were just one win away from advancing to the 2022 NBA Finals last season, they didn’t get the job done.
The University of Florida product has made it clear that he wants to win another title with the Heat for several reasons.
Certainly one of them is the hope that he can walk into the sunset as a champion. If the Heat want to give Haslem the opportunity to do just that, they will be serious about winning another title very soon.