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Udonis Haslem played through torn meniscus, will require offseason surgery

Jun 29, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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Udonis Haslem has always been a key role player for the Miami Heat, and helped his team when called upon at various times during their run to a second straight NBA title.

Haslem’s biggest contribution of the postseason came in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers, when he finished 8-of-9 from the field with 16 points in a win that put Miami up three games to two in that series.

There wasn’t as much of a need for Haslem against the Spurs in the Finals, especially over the last two games of the series. He managed to play just two minutes in Game 7, and didn’t play at all in Game 6.

Part of that was due to Erik Spoelstra and the way he freely mixes up his lineups, but it also may have been due to an injury Haslem suffered that will require offseason surgery.

From Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press:

Heat forward Udonis Haslem played through much of the second half of Miami’s season with a torn right meniscus, and told The Associated Press that surgery will be required to repair the previously undisclosed injury.

“It forces me to be smart and take my time with recovery this summer,” said Haslem, who just completed his 10th NBA season, all with Miami. “Obviously, I don’t heal like I used to so I’ve got to be a lot smarter and this forces me to be smart. My body’s a little weary right now, a lot more weary than it was after last year.”

Haslem averaged 3.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game for the Heat during the regular season, and is the only Miami player along with Dwyane Wade to have experienced all three of the team’s championships.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    UD is the Motherbleepin’ Man.

    #40 gets retired. Mark it down

  2. jzone954 - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    The mayor of Miami. Someone else you can call 3!

  3. soflasfinest - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    UD is and always has been a ride or die dude. He’s loved here and for good reason. The mayor of Miami baby!

  4. rickyspanish - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    U.D. is a beast. He deserves respect for his many sacrifices. Miami born and bred, could’ve made millions more elsewhere but stated in his hometown. The pride is strong within that man.

  5. pantsfreezone - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Udonis Haslem, making the University of Florida look respectable despite recent events.

  6. badintent - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Send him to Kobe ‘s German doctor for the stem cell treatments , Gasol heading there after his knee surgery.Hope Haslem makes a full recovery.After he retires, would like to see him work with Mourning in the PR department.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Love Haslem but I don’t see how he could work in PR. He’s been busted for serious amounts of weed.

      • badintent - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:15 AM

        95 % of Miami smokes weed. Why would a weed bust be a pr problem ?LOL

  7. allcelebritiesworld - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Reblogged this on allcelebritiesworld's Blog.

  8. cristren - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    The Heat players, never disclose their injuries, win or lose, they never use their injuries as an excuse. Get better soon UD.

  9. logisticalvoices - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    I didn’t reblog it. Thanks.

  10. miamatt - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM


  11. rgledz - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Every NHL player just rolled their eyes. This is news???

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      I’d REALLY love to know how well you would function in a regular day with a torn meniscus vs playing in a game where you are constantly running an jumping. go try and play not just basketball, but the highest level of basketball with a torn meniscus..

      some people man i swear lol

    • kingkongdong94 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Yeah probably because they’re so braindead they don’t realize how bad a torn meniscus actually hurts you moron. I’m in the middle of recovering from a torn acl/meniscus. and before the surgery the pain my leg was so bad that I could barely bend my leg back at 90 degrees. Stop being a hater , its not like they said they were giving him The Medal of Honor for this.

    • odbj - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Hockey players don’t jump.

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