The moment finally came for Heat forward Udonis Haslem.

During a timeout in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls, he removed his warmup shirt and pointed a finger toward the crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena. With 1:52 remaining, he made his way to scorer's table with former college teammate Mike Miller at his side.

The wait was over.

"It was very emotional," Haslem said. "I did want it to affect the way I started the game, but it did because it's been a long time coming. I just was waiting for this moment for so long. Once I got it over with it and kind of settled in a little bit in the second half, and I was just able to get back to playing basketball."

Haslem was performing for the home crowd for the first time since suffering an early season foot injury that kept him out most of the year. The last time Haslem played here was Nov. 19 against the Charlotte Bobcats. A day later, he tore ligaments in his left foot against the Memphis Grizzlies that required surgery and caused him to miss the remainder of the season.

When he entered, Haslem was introduced by announcer Michael Baiamonte. The crowd then gave him a standing ovation. The moment was reminiscent of when Alonzo Mourning returned as a member of the Heat in 2005. While not as moving as the Mourning tribute, an animated likeness of Haslem appeared on the JumboTron and fans chanted "U" before play resumed.

"I tried to downplay," Haslem said. "I knew it was going to be a big-time moment for me. It's something that I'll probably never forget."

Performance enhancers a hot topic

In reaction to Derrick Rose allegedly saying performance-enhancing drugs were a problem in the league, guard Dwyane Wade said it's been a non-issue.

Wade said at the morning shootaround he was unaware of any drug use in locker rooms.