“Another Year of a Wasted Spot”, “Warming the Bench for Another Season”: 42-Year-Old Miami Heat Veteran’s Massive Decision Leaves Fans Unimpressed

Published 08/21/2022, 11:57 PM EDT

The NBA has seen a select few players who have played for 20 years or more. And one of them is Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem, who recently announced that he will return for a 20th season. Haslem rarely plays for the Heat and is there for his support and leadership. But his decision to return has not gone down so well with the fans.

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Haslem came into the league in 2003 when he signed with the Heat. He had gone undrafted in the 2002 NBA draft and had spent a year overseas. Haslem has won three NBA titles with the Heat and he has spent his entire career in Miami. He was a starter for more than a decade but as he got older; he lost his place in the rotation.

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But he was still there for his coaching and leadership roles. Over the past few years, you can see Haslem talking and coaching players while he is on the bench.

Fans are not happy with the Miami Heat veteran returning for a 20th season

However, fans were not happy to see Haslem returning to the team. They think that he is taking a spot on the bench and maybe keeping it from someone who needs it more. Here are some of the best reactions on NBA Twitter:

The Miami Heat are ready to run it back

Last season was a heartbreak for the Miami Heat. They were one game away from reaching the NBA Finals, but, they fell agonizingly short in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

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And the Heat look set to run it back with the same squad, with the exception of P.J. Tucker, who is now headed to the Philadelphia 76ers. Tucker will arguably be a huge loss for them, but the Heat doesn’t seem to be done yet. They still have a few spots on the roster and, if rumors are to be believed, they might have something big in store.

May 29, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) dunks during the first half of game seven of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are linked with Donovan Mitchell and they could still end up trading for him. Mitchell has been in Miami for the off-season and with the Utah Jazz in full rebuild mode, they may end up trading him at the end of the day.

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The Miami Heat are a hungry squad led by Jimmy Butler who could have another superstar soon alongside him. And he will have a 20-year NBA veteran in Haslem as well.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

Edited By: Veer Badani

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