(Country) – Miami Heat President Pat Riley has made statements on the issue of retaining the elderly striker Udonis Haslem.
On August 16, US time, veteran striker Udonis Haslem was extended his contract by Miami Heat for another year with a salary of $2.8 million. This information makes many neutral fans as well as new NBA followers feel confused. However, it didn’t take long for president Pat Riley to tell everyone why.
Sharing with reporter Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the “godfather” of the beach team said: “Mr. Miami has returned to the team. Right! Udonis Haslem has agreed to sign a new contract to play the sport at the team he loves so dearly. However, there are things we find Udonis to love more than that. It is being on the field to teach young people to cope with the most difficult challenges in the world!”
Ending the answer, Pat Riley did not forget to affirm once again the importance of the old general born in 1980: “Udonis Haslem is a player with the strongest blood in this family. One player, one city, one team. Thank you to him.”
With the agreement to renew with the FTX Arena team, Udonis Haslem has had the 19th consecutive year playing for the Miami Heat. He joined the club of stars with only one color throughout his career such as Kobe Bryant (20 years) or Dirk Nowitzki (20 years). Although not a player of the same caliber as the two stars above or exactly like his Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade, “UD” seems to have become an indispensable part of the Southern team.
The day the veteran striker renewed with the Miami Heat, there were many question marks from neutral fans as well as newcomers to the NBA. The vast majority of people think why a big team with championship ambitions like the Miami Heat is willing to spend $2.8 million to treat a player who only played one game last season. While talent like Isaiah Thomas is “rejected” no one cares.
If only looking at paper, the number of 15 appearances in the last three seasons from the player born in 1980 really could not make anyone able to keep him at the Miami Heat. Even at the peak of his career, Udonis Haslem was never a star. How could he stay so long at a club of the size of the Heat?
The answer lies in the person Udonis Haslem. The Southern team is known for its strong, thorny and fearless opponent and he is the man who carries the Miami Heat spirit in the most intense way.
$2.8 million is not a small number even for a team like Heat because it is still an investment. But that much is a demonstration of the team’s respect for loyalty and the self-sacrificing virtue of the Miami son who has devoted so many years to his hometown team.
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