Shaq Refutes Ranking as 3rd Best Player in Heat History, Says Udonis Haslem Should Replace Him

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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has a ton of love for Miami Heat icon Udonis Haslem.

As a matter of fact, the four-time champion recently refuted a graphic that listed him as the third best player in Heat history and declared that Haslem should have taken his place.

Haslem, 39, is the heart and soul of the Heat franchise.

While he doesn’t have exuberant accolades like franchise greats Dwyane Wade or LeBron James, the veteran has provided some of the most vital intangibles for team success.

Known as an enforcer, the bellicose big man has always stood up for teammates and defended the organization like his own child. After all, he has played the most seasons in franchise history.

Furthermore, when Haslem had the opportunity to go to other teams for more money, he opted to stick with the Heat for the long haul. Undoubtedly, the 6-foot-8 stalwart is the most loyal player in Heat history.

While the three-time champion rarely plays now, he has shifted his role to grooming and encouraging the squad’s next line of stars.

The team’s all-time leading rebounder may be out of his prime; however, he’s serving assists that will manifest in tremendous ways years from now.

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.