When Udonis Haslem moves past Alonzo Mourning in career rebounds, Haslem will become the first undrafted player in NBA history to hold a team's rebounding record.
Haslem had six rebounds Saturday night against the Suns to give him 4,806. Mourning holds the team record with 4,807 rebounds.
"If you want to talk about whatever the core values of the Miami Heat are, we could list them for you or we could just show you a picture of Udonis Haslem," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game. "He embodies all the characteristics we want of a Miami Heat player, the leadership, the toughness, the durability, the consistency, the purity."
After going undrafted in 2002, Haslem played one season at Chalon-sur-Saone in France. He then earned a spot on the Heat's roster after being invited to training camp in 2003.
"To see a player like that, who some called undersized and that might have been the reason why he wasn't drafted, to be able to have the success he's had in the paint, that speaks to his heart and whatever he has inside," Spoelstra said.
Udonis Haslem shows again he is the heart of the Miami Heat
Miami Herald | Nov 18