At the end of September, it all came true, and he was involved in every finals trip in the history of the heat. After Carter finished the season early, Haslem, 40, became the oldest player in the league.
In the fifth game against Celtic, the heat were almost beaten by the Celtics. The main players sat on the bench a little slack when they were suspended. Haslem stood in the middle of the bench and gave them a lot of encouragement.
They defeated the green shirt army and won the silver cup of the eastern championship. No one felt that the veteran was shouting empty words. All the imaginations he roared out became reality.
Because of these, he has all experienced, in the past 17 years, ups and downs, suffering in the mill.
Haslem was born in Miami to a Puerto Rican mother. He grew up in the most dangerous, bloodiest six square miles of downtown Miami, also known as liberty city. This is the name of Miamis sin city. Hunger, poverty, crime, guns and drugs, this is a paradise for the outlaws. And Haslem knew the meaning of playing basketball, to make a living, to live.
He finished high school in Miami, then went to the University of Florida, where Donovan taught him. Four years later, he became the best player in the history of the school team, but he failed in the 2002 draft.
Very simple, he is too old, and his body is not suitable for playing in the NBA: Haslems net height in shoes is only 1.98 meters, but he has a weight of 140 kilograms. Because he is not good, he can only defend the forbidden area by gaining weight, but such a figure certainly can not have a place in the NBA.
After losing, he played briefly in the summer league, then was sacked and went to France to play with a team called Sharon on the river Thorne. Because he couldnt adapt to French food, he only ate McDonalds once a day and lost 45 Jin in eight months. When he returned to the United States, his former teammates thought he had a terminal illness.
Haslem, who was so skinny that heat assistant Spoelstra didnt recognize Haslem, recalled, I saw someone I didnt know coming up and I asked him, wheres Haslem? Who are you?
Haslem certainly knows how hard it is to invite this training camp. He was born only 10 kilometers away from the American Airlines Center Stadium. He has been in Florida since he was a child. As a result, he went to France, where he was not familiar with his hometown, and spent such a miserable year. If he cant stay this time, he will go to Europe again. Its a nightmare.
In order to stay, Haslem found agent Thorpe and started a hell of special training. Thorpe still remembers telling Haslem on the first day of training: your rebounds will get you into the NBA, but shooting will make you money.
I know, but I want to learn to rebound first..
Haslems job is to catch the ball before it hits the ground.
This kind of devil training makes Haslem suffer a lot. If he is careless, he will be broken his finger. This training makes him feel how to win the ball. He needs to prove that he can receive every ball even if it is less than two meters.
He thought he could, but the reality poured cold water on him: that summer, he trained with him and there was a college student named Josh Powell who was three years younger than him. In one round, Haslem thought he had grabbed the rebound, but Powell pulled the ball out of his hand and pushed it into the basket over his head.
Haslem stepped off the court and looked at Thorpe. Coach, do you think this should happen? Like an 11 year old, he decided, we havent practiced enough.
A few weeks later, Thorpe came to heats training camp with Haslem after special training. He played in the summer league and got the pre-season opportunity. Spoelstra is the teaching assistant in charge of training. On the training ground, he stopped the group confrontation and replaced Haslem.
I dont think he can take part in confrontation training, Spoelstra said. Hes easy to hurt his teammates.
After becoming an NBA player, Thorpe will still take Haslem special training, his benchmark and example is 2.01 Ben Wallace, which is the second consecutive scoring season of Big Ben. Thorpe pasted the poster of Big Ben on the wall, with the words, go all out, speed, chase, be tough, be like Ben Wallace.
Thorpe told Haslem that you should train that 50-50 ball to 80-20, and then try to become 100-0, just like Wallace did.
One summer evening, five years after the poster was posted, Thorpe received a call from Haslem.
Coach, guess who invited me to train this summer?
He took hardness as his pronoun. Spoelstra said he was often asked what the heats team label was, and he never spoke, just pointed to Haslems label.
Describe him in three words. The first one, if its not tough, means you havent seen his game, Spoelstra said. His willpower, competitiveness, and coldness are all derived from the environment in which he grew up. Just imagine how a 2-meter inside line from free city killed him?
In their second season at Haslem, the heat bought sharks. Anyone familiar with sharks knows his dirty tricks. In the first group fight, the shark suddenly came out from the side and knocked Haslem four or five meters away.
Haslem stood up and stared at the shark with a fire in his eyes.
The shark was stunned for a moment. I like this boy. He has seed.
In the new season, the 2.18-meter shark and the 1.98-meter-old Haslem are standing next to him.
After winning the title, Wade was injured and Shaq was traded. But until 2009, Haslem had been the teams absolute starter. In 2009, Spoelstra referred Beasley to power forward and told Haslem, youre going to play on the bench. He nodded. Okay, coach.
Haslem has been captain of the team since 2007, and he has been captain for longer than Spoelstra has been in charge. Harbin team is not just a honorific title, he habitually takes all the players to train and give everyone encouragement. Just another coach in the dressing room. His team has never been bad for 17 years, and he doesnt allow the team not to work hard.
However, Haslem preferred to be called 305. He wrote the Miami area code on his body. Whenever he scored a goal or covered his hat, he incited fans to shout 305.
He will see the waste of food in the restaurant and stand up to stop it. He will also appeal to people on vacation to stop wandering around in the new era. Im not a medical expert, but Im an experienced og. You have to listen to me.
In the team, he said the same thing. In the playoffs, he told his teammates, Im 40 years old, and my body fat rate is 6%. How do you think I was 22 years old? Why cant you young people? There is no I cant in this team
This is Haslems last season in the true sense, 17 years, and loyalty is in his bones. Its the same with Miami and the heat. His wife is sports broadcaster FIS Rhine Haslem, his 1999 University alumnus, and they married in 2013 after 14 years of love.
Haslem holds a record: the teams highest rebounds, 5754. He is the first player in history to drop out of the draft and become the NBAs first rebounder. And he is less than 2 meters, once nobody.
Its up to us to fight for the champion.
This article source: Netease sports monograph Author: Li duo, editor in charge: Li Xueer_ NB13040