Despite Not Playing as “Sexy” as Dwyane Wade, 20-Year NBA Veteran Is Lauded by Former Heat Teammate: “Stuff… No One Wants to Do”

Published 06/24/2023, 7:50 AM EDT

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On the NBA court, flashy dunks and high-scoring performances often steal the spotlight. But there’s always that one guy who silently does all the heavy lifting, not bothered about all the bright lights. The Miami Heat were lucky to have one such player on their roster for 20 years. Heat legend Dwyane Wade recently shared his heartfelt perspective about Miami’s unsung hero. Wade opened up about the invaluable contributions the 43-year-old made to the franchise, way beyond all the glitz and glamour of the game.

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Having played with the likes of Wade, LeBron James, and Shaquille O’Neal, to name a few, the Heat icon earned plaudits from everyone who shared the locker room with him.

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D-Wade was the poster boy who made headlines with his killer scoring and jaw-dropping dunks. Even after retirement, he still is killing it with TV shows and appearances. Nonetheless, the Flash has got immense respect for his former teammate, who was all about the dirty work on the court.

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In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Dwyane Wade talked about the recently retired Udonis Haslem. As Wade put it, UD did the stuff that ain’t exactly “sexy“. He was all about supporting his teammates, going above and beyond to ensure their success, even if it meant getting zero attention himself. Talk about selflessness, right?

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Wade said, “I did the sexy stuff. I scored 30. I dunked on people, I did all that. But Udonis did the stuff that’s not sexy. The stuff that no one wants to do. The extra effort.” But what exactly clicked between Wade and Haslem?

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D-Wade said that they formed a close bond during training camp, spending time together both on and off the court. From watching football games at local bars to sharing stories about their childhood and families, they realized they had a lot in common. Being there for each other every day, ensuring they were on time for practice, and leaving together, solidified their relationship from the very beginning.

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Continuing talking about UD’s game, he added, “Of course, we had Shaq, we had GP, we had Toine, but when it came down to it, the Udonis Haslems of the world are the reason we won the championship.

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This is a shoutout to Udonis Haslem and all the players like him who embody the true spirit of the game. The Miami Heat veteran’s dedication to the less glamorous aspects of the game exemplified the true essence of teamwork and selflessness.

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Yusuf Khan

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