Udonis Haslem on Miami Heat’s Goal: ‘We Want to Win Now’

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The Miami Heat have high expectations every year and it would seem this year is no different.

While the Heat have the opportunity to clinch the third seed and home-court advantage during the first round of the playoffs, not many people expect this team to advance to the NBA Finals out of the Eastern Conference.

Although Miami may not be the favorites in the East, the expectation in the front office is championship or bust, according to Udonis Haslem.

Via Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald:

“It starts up top. The guys up top, since I’ve been here, Coach Riley, Mr. Arison and the whole organization make it clear we want to win now. We’re not about three years, four years.”

That type of expectation has led to three championships over the past 10 seasons. No other NBA team has more league titles than the Heat over the past decade.

The Heat may have lost to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, but they clinched their 17th playoff berth in Pat Riley’s 21 seasons with the franchise.

As Haslem states, it starts up top. The organization combined with Riley’s vision has led Miami into becoming the class of the Eastern Conference.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.