After being forced to watch his teammates clinch the Eastern Conference semifinal series over the Pacers Thursday night from his hotel room in Indianapolis, forward Udonis Haslem now understands why his father and second-guessing Heat fans all believe they could coach in the NBA. Haslem was back at Heat practice Saturday afternoon after serving a one-game suspension for his flagrant-2 foul on Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5. He has no regrets for the hard foul and still doesn't believe it merited a suspension. "I never denied it was a hard foul but I didn't think I should get suspended over it. That's over and we move on. It was a physical series,'' Haslem said through a bloodshot right eye that was caused by the elbow of Pacers center Lou Amundson in Game 4. "My focus was, 'Did I hurt the team by not being able to go out there?' At the end of the day those guys got it done without me. "It was very weird. My son had minor surgery this year and I had to stay home and watch a game, but you could never get used to it. You see why guys come out of retirement. Watching guys you go to war with and spend more time with than your family out there without you. It's just hard.
Heat forward Udonis Haslem returns from suspension
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | May 27