LeBron James earns huge salute from Udonis Haslem for crushing Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem offered strong support for former teammate LeBron James after he was condemned for his focus on important social issues.

Udonis Haslem, LeBron James and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Earlier this week, international soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic praised James’ basketball talent, but also criticized the superstar for offering comments on a number of different political and societal concerns.

In response, James delivered a strong rebuke of Ibrahimovic, referring to him in part as a hypocrite for having previously leveled charges of racism while playing in Sweden.

Over the past decade, James has developed into one of the key voices in not only the NBA, but also the entire sports world when it comes to offering politically oriented remarks.

A large number of those remarks have dealt with the continuing racial concerns within the United States.

Heat fans got a taste of James’ burgeoning feelings on racial concerns during his four seasons with the team, most notably in connection to the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

While it’s been nearly seven years since Haslem and James last played together, they continue to have a strong bond with each other.

This show of support offers the latest indication of that connection.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for HeatNation.com, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.