You have to respect your OGs
Udonis Haslem had the most effective Stone Cold Steve Austin as a starter in an NBA game this season with his ejection last night. To formalize his 18th NBA season, the longtime Miami Heat forward had to play in a game, which he did last night against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Haslem had a confrontation with Dwight Howard, lips appearing to read, “I’m going to punch you in your fucking mouth,” before the two were separated, and the 40-year-old heart and soul of the heat was blown out. . And, accordingly, its last line was:
Three minutes played, really a shadow under, four points, a rebound, two technical fouls, an ejection, two standing ovations – and many happy teammates.
Haslem, wearing a hat that said “ZEROFRIENDS”, joked about it after the game.
“If it’s the last one, I finished it like only Udonis Haslem could, with an ejection,” he said with a smile.
He added: “Obviously he [Howard] very physical. Dwight plays the way Dwight plays, and it was just a conversation between him and me where I just wanted to make it clear that throwing and swinging elbows and things like that, I just felt like we should sort of leaving that out of the game for tonight. And I think he disagreed. When he disagreed, I disagreed, and it was a whole lot of disagreement.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra was unable to suppress a smile below his mask when asked about it.
“It was my favorite moment of the season so far,” he said. “Just excessive passion, competitiveness and anger. I love that. And that’s why we ride with UD. Everyone in this locker room just has great respect and love for him.
I mean, just look at Bam Adebayo; he couldn’t help it.
“I was just like, yo, that motherfucker is crazy!” Adebayo reacted. “I was like, UD, you can’t get thrown in the first four minutes, bro. How long did he stay in the game? Four minutes !? ”
And when we told him there were three, Adebayo replied: “Three! Three minutes and you get started! I said, OG, you taught me a lot, but you never have [taught] me to be thrown in three minutes like this. It was like a big brother moment, but I became a big brother then.
And Jimmy Butler, who ended the coast-to-coast 106-94 win with 21 points on 6 of 10 shots (and an astonishing 4 out of 4 out of three display), also loved it.
“It’s at the top,” he said when asked where Haslem’s ejection was on his favorite Heat moments. “I love the confrontation, the altercations, all that good stuff. I feed on it; we feed on it. I encourage him. “
With the win, the Heat are tied for the Knicks for fifth in the Eastern Conference, but have a tiebreaker in their favor. At 39-31, they would play the Atlanta Hawks in Round 1 if the playoffs started today, and having won 11 of 14, they are one of the hottest teams in the league heading into the next positionseason. It’s even somewhat reminiscent of how they ended the last regular season before their candidacy for the NBA Championship.
Last night also marked the end of the era of vice. No more Miami Vice jerseys, then RIP at one of the great eras in NBA uniform history, as polarizing as the current edition is.
As for the Olympics, there are no regrets.
“I am who I am; I can’t change now,” Haslem said. “My mother-in-law takes me right after the game and says I did the right thing so I have no doubts in my mind that I did the right thing. ”