Does Udonis Haslem Beat LeBron James as the Most-Respected NBA Icon?

Published 09/06/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts against the Phoenix Suns in the second half during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


As a professional league continues to return every year, players start leaving behind a legacy. Without a doubt, a few players stand out thanks to their performance, personality and achievements. In the NBA, icons like Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James are three names of the many personalities the league has produced.

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Currently, with four NBA titles in his bag, many fans are have named LeBron James the greatest of all time, or at least the best player in the league for now. While that enough sparks debates, he is also a respected figure in the community — both on and off the court.

The LA Lakers star has also found countless friends over the years and is usually considered a favorite. Blake Griffin, though, has an answer very few might expect.

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Recently, Griffin made an appearance on Barstool Sports’ podcast Pardon My Take. Among other things, the Brooklyn Nets icon was asked about the most respected player today. His answer was Udonis Haslem — James’ former Miami Heat teammate.

Griffin admitted that Haslem is well-loved, and has always received positive ratings throughout the league. Interestingly, James’ friend Dwyane Wade is also known for his strong bond with Haslem. The former has also picked him as his favorite teammate. The two remained loyal to the Miami Heat for the majority of their careers and played together for 14 and a half years.

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While Wade has retired, Haslem is still with the Heat. No longer at his peak, the veteran still remains an invaluable part of the ever-evolving team.

Griffin, at his end, is ready to tackle another season with the Nets alongside Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving. The organization has been fine-tuning all this while, hoping to win the 2021-22 title.

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The Heat failed to gain momentum last season, and need to buck up as teams are readying for the season. The Lakers too, are working out their own strategy, signing veterans, and building a team to support their big three — James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.

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