Udonis Haslem to Undergo Right Knee Surgery

by June 29, 2013

Miami Heat bruiser Udonis Haslem gutted out a torn right meniscus through much of the second half of the season. Haslem will have to undergo knee surgery. Per the AP: “Haslem made the revelation Saturday after a promotional appearance where hundreds of Heat fans began lining up to see the Miami native five hours before he arrived. Surgery will occur soon, he said, and Haslem expects to be ready for training camp this fall. ‘It forces me to be smart and take my time with recovery this summer,’ said Haslem, who just completed his 10th NBA season, all with Miami. ‘Obviously, I don’t heal like I used to so I’ve got to be a lot smarter and this forces me to be smart. My body’s a little weary right now, a lot more weary than it was after last year.’ Haslem averaged 3.9 points in 75 regular-season games this past season for the Heat, who captured their second straight NBA title. Haslem and Dwyane Wade are the only players who have been part of all three of Miami’s NBA championship clubs. He only missed three games before the final week of the regular season, sitting out Dec. 10 against Atlanta with flu-like symptoms, Dec. 29 against Milwaukee with a neck contusion and Feb. 14 against Oklahoma City with what the team called a bruised right leg. Haslem got hurt the night before that Oklahoma City game in Portland, leaving after playing only nine minutes. Haslem played 50 games after that injury, including Miami’s playoff run.”