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Udonis Haslem: Super happy optimistic guy…?

Sep 11, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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Udonis Haslem is not a pleasant dude to talk to. I’m sure to friends and family he’s a right cuddly teddy bear. But to media, his reaction to most everything falls between dull boredom and outright disgust. It’s like if Oscar the Grouch could kill you. Pretty much that. But apparently he’s got a pretty optimistic look at the lockout. Versus LaMarcus Aldridge, who is pretty much the most dour sourpuss in the landscape, Haslem thinks the lockout will get solved and has faith in the system. From NBC Miami:

Speaking of basketball, what about the NBA lockout? Is there any hope?

I think so. I am confident that both sides are working to reach an agreement. Players are going to stick together. I am sure the way the season ended last year on such a high note with revenue going up and TV ratings through the roof, the story is already written for next season — for the Heat, especially. All those guys have to do is sit back and let the season take care of itself. Hopefully everything works out.

via Udonis Haslem Opens Up About the NBA Lockout | NBC Miami.

That’s right. Mr. Scowl is all “Don’t worry, be happy.” He’s rocking the Matthew McConaughey “everything’s going to be fine, brother.” He’s a chill bro, essentially. Haslem goes on to talk about how Heat fans should expect a fun season and how much he thinks the team is on the right track. The guy is a ray of sunshine. I half expected him to hug the interviewer when he finished.

One other interesting side note:

Was it hard to hear so much criticism against the Heat last season, even though you made it to the finals?

At first it was, but it was only because growing up, you are taught teamwork, hard work, sacrifices and those are things as a team we implemented into our season for one common goal: to win a championship. We got close, but still for some reason, we were outcasts.

via Udonis Haslem Opens Up About the NBA Lockout | NBC Miami.

That shows a lot about what the outlook is like inside the Heat. They don’t see themselves as lazy spoiled stars who expect everything to be handed to them. You know, the way everyone else looks at them. They’re just basketball players who put in a lot of work trying to win a championship, in Haslem’s case, working to recover from injury. They didn’t share the same experience the rest of the world did. It must have been pretty weird to wake up, work hard, get home, and realize everyone hates them everywhere. Odd.

  1. passerby23 - Sep 11, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    I don’t think anyone accused anyone on the Heat of not working hard who expected everything handed to them. The beef people have with the Heat is “The Decision,” the egotistical pep rally, the whining, and us-against-the-world mentality. It was phony, over-the-top, and annoying since day one.

    There is always an admiration for a Jordan, a Barkley, a Magic, a Bird – guys willing to put a team on their back instead of colluding with other stars to win. Where have you ever heard criticism that Lebron or Wade don’t put their work in in the off-season?

  2. jayrandle - Sep 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    What an ignorant comment:

    Too quote you below:

    “That shows a lot about what the outlook is like inside the Heat. They don’t see themselves as lazy spoiled stars who expect everything to be handed to them. You know, the way everyone else looks at them.
    They didn’t share the same experience the rest of the world did. It must have been pretty weird to wake up, work hard, get home, and realize everyone hates them everywhere. Odd.”

    You can dislike the Miami Heat for whatever reason…but none of the Miami Heat players have ever been accused of being lazy. And if taking a pay cut to come together with the goal of wining a championship is acting spoil to you…than thank goodness they don’t answer to you.

    Must ‘experts’ did not pick the Heat to even make it to the Finals…so they exceeded expectations. And in regards to multiple championships…we will see how the next several seasons play out.

    For the record Udonis Haslem…have a very outgoing personality…I know I lived and grow up in Miami.

    The Media dislike the Heat…The state of Ohio…minus the Akron area…dislike the Heat. But they have a huge fan base. And because they dont do want they want you ‘think’ they should do…and so the Media answer is to hate…that is pity.

    And for the decision…move on. The majority of the world has…he apologized and for the Media to forgive an accuse raptist and other athletes…but not forgive a man who has never been arrested…but to hate a bad decision tv show that raise money for charitity….i think its time to move on.

    For a more informative article…I would recommend leaving personal jabs that have no logical reason to the main point out of the article.

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