The last time Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem made a trip to Memphis, Tenn. his regular season ended.
Just 13 games into the 2010-2011 NBA season Haslem tore a ligament in his foot and the injury sidelined him until game two of the Eastern Conference Finals.
He is a key player on Miami and plays a major role. Haslem is the Heat’s “tough guy”, hard worker, their best rebounder, and is co-captain of the team with star Dwyane Wade. Haslem is also the only other player besides Wade that played on the 2006 championship team.
In a recent interview Haslem spoke on his return, ” You can’t not think about it,” Haslem said. “I was very fortunate. When you sustain an injury like that, the first thing you think is if you’re ever going to get back to playing at the level you were at. And even if you do get back are you going to be as effective or as good of a player as you were. ”
Haslem gave credit to the Heat training staff for his return. “So, it’s a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication. The training staff has done a great job in getting me back and getting me back right.”
Haslem through his career has been both a starter and has come off the bench. He averages just under 10 points per game, eight rebounds per game, and has shot 49.4 percent from the field throughout his 10 year career. He will without question be a needed body against the Memphis Grizzlies and league leading rebounder Zach Randolph tonight.