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“He done lost his damn mind” — Udonis Haslem gets real on post-NBA Dwyane Wade

Udonis Haslem shared some bits on what Dwyane Wade was like during his playing days.
Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem talks with former Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade

Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade

Udonis Haslem isn’t known as just one of those guys the Miami Heat Big 3 carried to two titles in the 2010s. He’s known as the OG, the epitome of the Miami Heat culture. Even to this day, he keeps in touch with Dwyane Wade, and Haslem has some interesting opinions on the Flash’s post-NBA career.

Actin’ a fool

Haslem shared that he still keeps in touch with former Heat players like Dion Waiters, James Johnson, and Tyler Johnson. Like a doting father, UD calls them whenever they aren’t behaving as they’re supposed to — at least to his standards.

Among his former teammates, it’s Wade who has embarked on a TV career. Haslem shares what Wade was like during his Heat stint. He’s surprised to see the star guard with tattoos and dyed hair.

Haslem: “I still pull they card when I see them on TV actin’ a fool and they ain’t handlin’ they business right! I still do that! Because it matters. It matters.

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GQ: “Are you talking about Dwyane Wade?

Haslem: “He done lost his damn mind. He’s inked up like a subway in Harlem now. He done got all these damn tats. I couldn’t pay that man to get a damn tattoo when he was playin’ here. Couldn’t pay ’em to get one! Now he ’bout to catch up with me. But as the season starts, I’m sure I’ll have to get on somebody ass. I’m sorry, am I allowed to say that? Yeah, I’m a get on somebody ass! It’s just how it is, it’s a standard.

Not for everybody

Haslem hasn’t confirmed if he’ll sign with the Heat once again. But NBA fans are well-aware of Haslem’s role with the Heat. He’s the veteran voice in the locker room. Haslem is the one who turns potential into championship pedigree. More than that, he represents something bigger than basketball. Perhaps this is why Pat Riley has kept him on the roster for so long.

Some may view Haslem as a nagging parent who keeps tabs on his children’s lives. The two-time champion is far from that. While he claims that Heat culture has been proven successful, he knows it’s not for everybody.

Now, Heat Culture aint’ for everybody. It ain’t for everyone, I understand that. There’s guys that have been here that have hated this shit. They’ve hated being held to a standard, to work hard every single day, they’ve hated what it takes. I’m okay with that. I’m not for everybody,” Haslem said.

Haslem definitely knows his boundaries. His thoughts on Wade are entertaining, to say the least. From basketball’s hottest star, Wade seems bent on conquering Hollywood. Whatever the case may be, Haslem is confident that Wade knows what he’s doing. And he’s happy to see his brother doing well after basketball. Wade is, after all, the most famous representative of Heat Culture. 

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