- Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade reacts to tragic COVID-19-related death of Sekou Smith
- Report: Miami Heat could be without 8 players Wednesday vs. Denver Nuggets
- Miami Heat remember Kobe Bryant with incredible 8-minute, 24-second video tribute
- Dwyane Wade reacts to hilarious photo of him and Martha Stewart
- Video: Kyrie Irving successfully sneaks Bam Adebayo his jersey after Miami Heat-Brooklyn Nets game
- Udonis Haslem says Duncan Robinson is the best shooter he’s ever seen
- Report: Avery Bradley announces exact date he plans to return for Miami Heat
- Report: Miami Heat optimistic that Avery Bradley and Jimmy Butler will return by end of week
- Report: Major update offered on when Jimmy Butler could return for Miami Heat
- Former Miami Heat forward reveals he’s been getting recurring death threats, fears being separated from daughter
Udonis Haslem Says Miami Heat Don’t Need Super Team to Compete for Title
- Updated: June 7, 2017
In fact, the 14-year veteran believes it often comes down to simply having players who will play with effort every single night.
“You don’t have to have a super team,” Haslem said Saturday at the Mountain Dew NBA 3-on-3 fan experience. “The problem is the majority of the league doesn’t play hard. You’ve got 20 percent of the NBA that does play hard. So when you take a super talented team that actually plays hard and plays the game the right way you get a team like Golden State.”
Haslem has experienced both 15-win and championship-caliber teams during his NBA career and he told reporters that chemistry is also a key factor in producing winning basketball.
“The question is will they play hard like Golden State? Will they play together like Golden State?” Haslem said. “That’s what separates them from other talented teams. It’s the way they approach the game.”
“I think the goal is to keep this group together and to give a healthy group with a little bit of experience under its belt another opportunity,” Haslem, who is also a free agent this summer, said.
Waiters, Johnson, Haslem, and other teammates have done improptu workouts together since the regular season came to an end, showing last season’s chemistry has translated both on and off the court with this group. The Heat front office will have $37 million to spend this summer and will face tough decisions on who to bring back because many of their players will be highly sought on the free agent market.