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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  88 responses

Reports: Udonis Haslem Out Until February, Maybe Longer

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Long before the Miami Heat lost a heart-breaker to the Memphis Grizzlies at the buzzer on Saturday night, everyone had already realized that they were in big trouble.

Udonis Haslem
injured his foot in the third quarter of that game, and according to the latest reports, Miami might not see its leading rebounder (and toughest player) in action again for a few months.

A doctor will make a recommendation about whether or not Haslem needs surgery to take care of the torn ligament in his left foot.

Yahoo! reports:

Haslem will be examined by a foot specialist Monday, and that doctor will make a recommendation on whether the Heat’s top inside presence will need surgery to repair the injury. Nevertheless, the Heat and Haslem are prepared for the fact that late February and probably March are likely his earliest possible returns to the floor. If surgery is needed, the recovery could push into the spring.

Haslem suffered the injury in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. An MRI confirming the torn ligament was performed on Sunday in Miami. Haslem has averaged 8.0 points and 8.2 rebounds in 13 games for the Heat, who will miss his toughness on the boards and defensive interior. The Heat will have to turn to Zydrunas Illgauskas to play more minutes in the frontcourt and use lineups that will include LeBron James(notes) at power forward.

For what it’s worth, Pat Riley is telling everyone to calm down, referring to Haslem as “Superman”.

The options out there aren’t exactly great — Erik Dampier ain’t busy these days — but Riley admitted that Miami will seriously consider bringing in an additional big body to fill the void (while releasing another player.) Via ESPN:

“There’s a possibility we might need more rebounding. We need more rebounding, and we need obviously somebody that is going to have a big body in the paint that can make a difference and have an impact. We will consider something like that.”

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  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    It’s time for Shaq to opt-out of his contract, if you ask me.

  • pistol

    This is why the Heat cannot win it all. They spent all their money on the Big 3 (which has really turned out to be the Big 2 + RuPaul) and had a bench as shallow as a 2-year-olds paddling pool. As soon as injuries were to strike (which is inevitable, especially on a team with ancient vets) they could say bye-bye championship. Best thing they could do now is try to trade Bosh for a couple of younger players that will develop in the coming years. Should’ve gone to Chi-Town ‘Bron!!!

  • Bimmer

    There goes my fantasy team

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Losing your best Power Forward always hurts.

  • All Day

    @ pistol: No team in the NBA wants a 110 million dollar jump shooter on their roster…execept for Orlando (Rashard Lewis)…Bosh is a jump shooting power forward and no team would be willing to trade for him and that 110 million dollar contract.

  • All Day

    Getting Erik Dampier would be like getting another Chris Bosh on the team…Dampier is just as soft as Bosh and that’s the reason why he’s sitting at home right now, waiting for a phone call.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ….with Dwyane Wade and UD out the backbone of this squad is completely gone. Well I guess that leaves Lebron, Bosh, and ……oh yeah NOBODY! Get well soon UD. Time for Bron and Bosh to pick it up

  • catchmeimballin

    since they need a big body to crash the boards why not try out pittman? good time to try him out…

  • T-Money

    UD will be missed but maybe not as much as one would think. This essentially forces Miami to play Bosh at his natural position for 40 minutes. It’s trendy to take shots at him right now but he was still 24-12 last year. Bosh is a legit 10+ rebounds guy and, judging by his last few games, he’s going back his average. Z and Dampier will split the 5-man job and Howard will back up Bosh at the 4. The guy that needs to get back ASAP is Mike Miller.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    … now even the Cavs will be over the Heat by the All Star!!! Luck has taken it’s talents out of South Beach…

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    T-money, the guy that needs to get back ASAP is Haslem. Miller’s role is being filled in nicely by jones. As much as I agree with you that bosh will eventually hit his stride, I think you’re downplaying udonis’s absence a bit. Tough, hustle-minded Glue-guys are always, ALWAYS important to any team, and with a team like mia that’s going through such a rough transition? It’s even more important.

  • vtrobot

    i think the person who the superstars describe as the real “heart” will be missed dearly. ‘specially when your heart is also the main “muscle” of your team. never good when you see a player plead for the trainers immediately. usually doesn’t mean a “day-to-day” injury. get better, UD.

  • slamfan4life

    Get well soon Haslim

  • KING

    get better ud cause bosh is boo boo

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Blame it on the witch doctor.

  • Luis

    I think Pat Riley didn’t plan for error clear out your roster and give the big 3 max contracts and grab some veteran ring chasers willing to play for the minimum. And those aging veterans have an even higher risk for injury if you are playing them over 25+ mins a game, if you have to play Jerry Stackhouse, Juwan Howard, and Big Z over 30 mins it is time to hit the Panic Button. I wouldn’t be surprised if Alonzo Mourning has to suit up again.

  • vtrobot

    there’s a very homophobic PG who might be willing to suit up again too. UD doesn’t need any prescription from the doc ’cause he’s already got something for the pain.

  • All Day

    @ Luis: I wouldn’t be surprised if Alonzo came back to play…if he did he would play limited minutes, but he would provide the inside toughness that Miami desperately needs, because it’s not coming from Chris Bosh or Joel Anthony.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UD has been less than spectacular this season. Don’t fool yourselves into thinking otherwise. His grit is going to be needed in April/May. This sucks for the rotation patterns but he wasn’t changing the fact that they have been getting beat on the boards a ton. As a matter of fact, this make’s things easier for Spoelstra because he forces minutes to UD when they aren’t warranted due to his “loyalty” or ghey man-crush….not sure which one. If I look at it from a positive spin…him and Mike Miller are going to be really fresh once the playoffs roll around. Pittman should get some burn, but I know Riles….he’s got a plan for the big man spot that’s lacking right now…..he’s just biding his time.

  • riggs

    alonzo mourning aint walking through that door

  • riggs

    alonzo mourning aint walking through that door

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    People need to give Bosh some credit for going 20/10 the past few games.
    And every young player should play for Team USA. Apparently because of the talent defusion in the league these young cats need the Team USA experience to learn how to be challenged and go all out. It’s improved everybody’s game from what I can see.

  • Pharoah

    They know have another excuse when they lose in the playoffs. “We didnt have time to gel with UD and MM, we’re still the best team that lost in the playoffs though.”

  • JTaylor21

    Co-sign AllenP on the Team USA tip. Every player that has played on Team USA the past 4 years has come back the next season a way better player and leader. Even older guys like Kobe and JKidd are playing better and continue to shine at an older age, the year Kobe won his first ring after shaq was after he came back from the olympics. Guys like RWestbrook, DRose, RGay, TChandler, and KD are playing at such a high level some of which can be attributed to playing for TEAM usa. Just imagine how good BGriff will be after he suits up for the team SCARRRRY!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s amazing that nobody is talking about this because it seems like another opportunity to give Coach K some shine, and the media loves to do that.
    I don’t thinking it’s the coaching, but I think it’s the experience of hooping with other elite players and being forced to work on the little things to stay on the floor. So I guess that’s coaching in a way. Plus, once these players have success, it takes their confidence to another level because they’ve had a chance to measure themselves against some of the best in the league.
    Although there is a risk of injury, no organization should stand in the way of letting their young guns play for Team USA. It’s invaluable.

  • T-Money

    E-Boy: Haslem is a REALLY good player but I’m really not sure he’s needed on this team because, in order to play him, they have to put one of their main guys at an uncomfortable position. Is it really justified if you don’t factor for loyalty and emotional ties? I know it sucks for UD but I’m STOKED that CB will be playing exclusively at the 4. / Krishan: Mike Miller does way more than shoot 3s. He rebounds, he passes the ball, he can bring it up and he’s a very good team defender.

  • catchmeimballin

    Just found out he’s gonna need surgery..

  • Pow Pow

    The ship is sinking fast.

  • ShadiestBen

    Eboy you are the ultimate fan you find a way to put a positive spin on everything.
    Saying that having Bosh go back to the 4 for major stretches will be good for right now.
    As much as I dislike the Heat its pretty irrelevant what there record is during the season, obviously they will make the play-offs and this team will be incredibly tough to knock off in a seven game series.
    Not that the Lakers won’t do it but I can’t see any other team matching up with them for seven, excluding a healthy and motivated Celtic team.

  • Cizzo

    It’s going to be a cold winter in Miami…..

  • EJ

    I hope Cleveland will do better than Miami.

  • The Philosopher

    Wow.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    @ShadiestBen – Yes, the Heat are impossible to beat, unless you have an above average point guard and play physical down low. Of course no playoff teams have this and will not stop the first of an eight-peat.

  • All Day

    @ T-Money: Miami needs Haslem. Every team needs a guy to do the dirty work other players are not willing to do. With Haslem out, who’s going to do the grunt work for the team?

  • http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/author/hollymackenzie/ Ghost

    Oh man! You guys feel that? I think it might have been an earthquake! Wait, What? It wasn’t? … Never mind it was just everyone jumping off the Miami bandwagon altogether.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m still on the bandwagon. Miami has one more loss than Boston. Yeah, they’ve lost to some good teams, but their record is 8-5.

  • JTaylor21

    The heat have lost to good, playoff caliber squads while the celts lost to the beasts of the east; cleveland and toronto and also lost to a KD-less OKC squad at home. People need to stop acting like the heat are playing .500 ball and realize that games this early are not an indication of how a team performs in the post-season. Remember the cavs won all those RS games and got their a** handed to them twice in the playoffs. It’s a very long season folks just sit back and enjoy the ride.

  • fruizm

    whatever….i see the heat as real madrid….last year real madrid got all these good players and also the same amount of haters….they didnt win…..it takes time to run a powerful monster….real madrid will win this year and the heat will start dominating next year…i dont see it this year though.

  • http://Slamonline.com Ghost

    JTaylor, I guess that makes it slighly more embarassing for the Heat then? Considering the Celtics beat then twice thus far.

  • http://sdfjlkf.com Jukai

    While I think they have been horribly blind to the shortcomings of the Heat recently, I’m going to have to agree with Eboy and T-Money: Haslem hasn’t been playing in any way that would make me say “wow that’s realllllly gonna hurt.’ Increase Bosh’s minutes and suit up Howard.
    Hell, if Haslem is out for the season and they can sign Dampier with the 3.5 million, that actually may IMPROVE the Heat.
    No disrespect to Haslem, but like, he’s just identical to Bosh and not really needed.

  • vtrobot

    yeah, thank JESUS this didn’t happen to juwan howard.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Joel Anthony is the worst thing about the Heat. Haslem getting hurt will just magnify that even more. That guy wouldn’t play on a D-League team.

  • LakeShow

    lol @ Anton….. wow bruddah

  • Hammer

    Man. This sucks. Haslem is their jerome “junkyard dog” williams,their kurt rambis,their corliss “big nasty” williamson. 4 any1 2 say that haslem won’t b missed @ all or that much,is either n str8 denial or delusional. Udonis is ur hustler,ur heart,the 1 who will do WHATEVER it takes 2 win a dam ball game. Heat r sorely gonna miss him. And every1 stop sucking dampiers duck! His unproductive @ss is where it belongs,off the court. Get well soon haslem

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I hope you guys realize that Dampier is actually a very effective player. His individual stats aren’t anything to look at, but team defensive numbers and points in the paint are a good barometer about how important he is when he’s on the court.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Pat riley has to do something

  • Michael

    There is only so much a GM can do for f@ck sake he already got LBJ flash and bosh onto the same team, how much more can you expect?? I think come playoff time these heat b*tches are going to get eaten alive by someone. Bad coach, terrible PG and no low post threat is not good. IF Miami and Orlando were in a series right now with the heat squad fully healthy im still backing Orlando in 6.

  • ShadiestBen

    Anton – also I never said impossible, but I do get that you were going for humour as you do often. Still aside from boston and maybe nawlins the teams that have beat miami (memphis,utah) would not be able to compete with them over 7 games.

  • T-Money

    For the record, I am absolutely still on the band wagon. Jumping ship after 13 games? Crazy talk.

  • The Philosopher

    So, brethren, I have a question for the masses;
    Whose team is it??

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Shut up phil. We all know its brons team. Ur shtt is old, try some new stuff. Ur getting more annoying the more u say the same ol stuff, variety ‘brother’.

  • The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!

  • The Philosopher

    By the way, Tarzan, maybe I should take note from you, for you are surely AND exactly the epitome of new AND original material.
    Oh, wait…

  • Jackie Moon

    I thought it was Eddie House’s team.

  • http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/author/hollymackenzie/ Ghost

    I thought it was Carlos Arroyo’s team.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I thought it was Joel Anthony’s team.

  • feez22

    … its obviously big Z’s team

  • feez22

    i blame bosh for this injury… i mean we have been blaming him for everything up to this point right?

  • Jackie Moon

    By the way, 13 games is 15% of the regular season … FYI

  • flipnoyce

    Its gonna be a long season, and the ship just keeps falling apart. Patch it up before the post season comes up MIAMI. It could be one of the superstar who’ll go down next or should I say 2n/men. Lebron was already complaining about how much minutes he was getting and now I wonder what excuse he’ll be saying next. Do they really think that it was gonna be a walk in the park when they all got together???

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Great game in Miami so far :)

  • BostonBaller

    It’s Riley’s team

  • flipnoyce

    its the guy’s team that signs all their big FAT check.

  • The Philosopher

    ^^Yeah, The King.

  • http://sdfjlkf.com Jukai

    If Lebron plays one more not caring game, “The King” will lose me as a fan

  • JTaylor21

    Juks, sure it’s Bron’s fault when the guy everyone claims it’s “his” team goes 1-13 and stinks up the joint defensively. To be honest, wade has been garbage so far and has come up shorter than a midget in big games but yeah lets go ahead and blame bron.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    co-sign JT, Wade has been acting like a depressed diva on the floor for a couple of games now. When brandon rush (BRANDON RUSH!) massively outplays you’re best player in a rout against indy (INDY!) there is something wrong. I sincerely believe he’s in sulking mode right now.

  • Jackie Moon
  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Heat are a funny bunch.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Some of you guys need to calm down, it’s not like Miami’s getting blown out by the Pacers at home or anything.

  • AI TO MIAMI!!!

    MIAMI IS STILL GOOD WITHOUT HASLEM. THERE R OTHA GUYZ WHO CAN STEP IT UP

  • LD

    How many minutes did LeBron play tonight?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Calm down Heat fans’, you shouldn’t start to panic, unless the Heat get beat by double digits at home vs. the Pacers tonight.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Jim O’Brien is a shoe in for the hall of fame after that game

  • LD

    Alright Pacers, none of you better tweet anything about bringing your talents to South Beach or Haslem will get pissed cuz you a nobody. And Eddie House got 2 fingaz for all da haters.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Get well soon Haslem! Signed, Studio Gangsta

  • http://yahoo.com Eboy

    Mark Cuban must be happy BOTTLES UP WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://sdfjlkf.com Jukai

    JTaylor: I was never a fan of Wade. I’m not blaming Lebron solely. The only guy playing to his role is Big Z, and the others aren’t either given a chance or playing to their role.
    But I am a fan of Lebron. A HUGE fan.
    And I’m annoyed he’s proving the haters right.
    He’s not running back on defense. He’s not moving without the ball, prefering to stand at the three. He’s not going for rebounds, he’s not switching properly, it’s terrible.
    It doesn’t look like he cares. He’s not playing games with urgency.
    So is Wade. So is Bosh. But I don’t care about them. I care about Lebron. And he’s letting me down.

  • Pharoah

    Haha Miami is a joke cmon blown out at home to the Pacers. Wow

  • zarky

    lolz..heat lost to the damn pacers, at home! lololol

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Again. For loss number 6. The Heat is OUTSCORED in the paint, and OUTREBOUNDED by the opposing team. What they’ve shown tonight is NOT RUNNING. I’m so pissed off by not addressing the weaknesses and not implementing what they said they would be. I’m VERY DISAPPOINTED with LeBron’s game language tonight. WHY IS HE TAKING TOO MANY 3-PT. ATTEMPTS?!?!! WTF?!?!?!

  • Tommy

    they signed ericka xD
    second round of the playoffs for the heat would b a surprise for me.
    magic,bulls,celtics are way better than them

  • biged

    At this point I don’t think the Heat are making the playoffs…any other team playing this bad would not be getting this attention. Its only cause they’re high profile that they’re still even a discussion. I guess thats what happen when you add two losers to a team full of scrubs and one proven player….smh

  • rikson

    And whats up with wade and bron..? They both play like different people right now! Bosh… well, thats just bosh. Hell manage to get 16 and 8 through the season, and nobody expected him to do much more. never thought this could happen, but wade finally started to piss me off… Actually both are acting like divas!

  • Mike from Spain

    Heat lost by 16 to the Pacers, at home… ugly stuff.

  • http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/ Anthony

    Some of the comments here made me laughing out loud at work, great.

  • The Philosopher

    I was going to get in Wade’s ass before, but I’ll do it now, since the can has been opened.
    Wade is the perfect example as to why you NEVER, EVER pass the mic on your own set. On your own stage. He is being upstaged by The King, and he is acting pissy.
    He is acting like R. Kelly when Jay Z came into his house (Chicago) and ate his food on his own stage. We all saw how that turned out.
    I called it in the beginning about Wade inviting The King over for dinner. You just don’t do that.
    They will get it together when Pat comes downstairs, though.

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