Maimi Heat’s Udonis Haslem is one of the few ballers who is known to have been playing for a particular team for more than a decade now. However, prior to that, he had played college basketball at the University of Florida for the Florida Gators from 1998 to 2002 on an athletic scholarship. He is said to have been instrumental in his team’s appearance in the NCAA tournaments four times. Udonis Haslem played such excellent games in college that he amassed tons of fans who would always shout U after he any impressive move he made. He is said to have scored an average of 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in a game. Udonis Haslem also made history by ranking third on the college teams record for most scored points when he ended his college career in 2002 with 1,782 points and he was at the tenth place for making 831 rebounds. As a way to honour him for raising the name of the University to prominence in terms of basketball, he was made a “Gator Great” member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
After his tremendous college career, Udonis played for the French team Chalon-Sur-Saône for only a year as he was not drafted in the NBA upon graduation. By 2003, he signed officially with the Miami Heats where he has been playing for since he joined the franchise. The team has emerged the winner in 3 NBA championships which are for 2006, 2012 and 2013 before these, he has also landed the title of NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2004.
Family: Wife, Son
The Maimi Heat’s Center tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Faith Rein on August 24th, 2013 in Florida. Udonis and Faith are said to have met back in their college days at the University of Florida in 1999 and started dating shortly after Faith broke up with her footballer boyfriend. After a year of steady dating, the pair found out that Faith was expecting a child and they revealed they had to take the tough decision at that time to have an abortion as they could not cater for the child in addition to the fact that Udonis was about to enter the NBA draft. This revelation did not, however, seem like a moral decision to a lot of people who backlashed the couple for it but the couple seems happy with their decision.
After a couple of years went by, Udonis got drafted and the couple welcomed two sons named Josiah and Elijah while still dating but finally, on August 29, 2012, the player popped the long-awaited question and Faith became his bride, barely a year later. Their wedding was in all ramification, a typical celebrity wedding that had quite a number of NBA players present and the after party is stilled talked about as a fun-filled one held at Palm Beach, Florida.
As a top NBA player, Udonis Haslem is said to be earning a very comfortable sum of about $3.8 Million as his salary and it is estimated that he has a net worth which is ranked at $20 million.
Height, Weight & Other Facts About Udonis Haslem
Some other facts worth knowing about Udonis Haslem are stated below:
- The NBA player lost his mum to cancer back in 2010 at age 53.
- Trick Daddy had featured him in his music video titled “Bet That” and he is said to have made an appearance in Flo Rida’s song “GDFR” in addition to the video of the song “Born-N-Raised” by DJ Khaled, Pitbull, Trick Daddy, and Rick Ross.
- His dog named Juice swallowed a rope which eventually led to him being castrated in the process of removing it without the consent of Udonis and he is suing the hospital for it on the grounds that he had made a huge loss as he had intentions of selling the dog’s semen.
- Udonis Haslem is a gallantly built sportsman who stands at a height of 6 ft 7 inches approximately 2.03 m and it is complimented with his weight of 235 lb which is 107 kg.