Udonis Haslem was never a star in the NBA. Still, he remains one of the most important players in Miami Heat lore. The reason behind it is no secret - Haslem always has his teammate's back. Just ask Dwyane Wade.
"D-Wade takes one," Haslem said. "He's cut. He takes a hard one. Now I see the two guys give each other five. It was Hansbrough and [Lou] Amundson, giving each other five, 'Oh, good job.' Kind of like congratulating. Now the decision is made. I'm f**king somebody up."
"UD have my back"
The power forward's retaliation came right at the next play when he gave Hansbrough a taste of his own medicine. More importantly, the Heat had the last laugh as they defeated Indiana in six games in that series (the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals.)
Haslem's Instagram post not just included a snippet of him talking about his vengeance but also a clip of Wade raving about his longtime teammate always standing up for him.
"Whenever I was in the club, whenever I was out anywhere in Miami, whenever I was on the court, UD have my back," Wade said.
D-Wade also once mentioned that Haslem is his favorite teammate ever.
Heat fans are certainly thankful for the Florida native. He may not have posted outrageous numbers in the NBA - his career averages are at 7.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest - but without Haslem, Miami might not have three championship banners in the rafters.
The bruiser already stated his intention to retire following this season. He will surely be missed among the Heat faithful, although some fans are probably thankful that the 20-year pro will not have to take up a roster spot next season, which the team can use on a more "useful" player.