Udonis Haslem used Draymond Green’s comment as motivation to single-handedly save the Heat season
The Miami Heat avoided elimination Friday night with a 111-103 win over the Boston Celtics. The Game 6 win sends the series back to Miami for a winner to win all of Game 7 with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line. A Heat victory would be the attestation of Heat Culture and more importantly, the proof that the secret code of the NBA is infallible.
Before those 2022 playoffs, it seemed like the unwritten rules were more baseball, but now we’ve had two code-breaking cases this spring. First when Steve Kerr said that Dillon Brooks “broke the codeon the play that injured Gary Payton II.
Hey, that makes perfect sense. You shouldn’t do anything that puts someone in a position where they could really get hurt and that’s exactly what Brooks did. It’s something you expect from the pros right down to the kids running around the playground during recess. So what else has reached the severity and seriousness of a code-breaking accusation?
Say who you think will win a streak.
Immediately after last night’s game, Udonis Haslem, fresh off a zero point, zero rebound, zero minute performance, ran to the ESPN broadcast team to have them say to Draymond Green, “thank you for the inspiration”.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo! was able to catch up with Haslem backstage and get some other equally stupid quotes. Through Yahoo! :
“Draymond broke the code,” Haslem told Yahoo Sports after the Heat’s 111-103 win. “You’re not supposed to talk bullshit like that. It’s disrespectful. He knows better than that.
This disrespectful shit? When repeatedly asked who the Wariors want to play in the next round, Draymond Green told the guys from TNT that the Warriors are going to face the Celtics in the final.
“He let Shaq pressure him to say some bullshit that he doesn’t have to say,” Haslem told Yahoo Sports. “I didn’t get much sleep after he said that. They were *** bulls.
There’s so much to unpack there. First of all, the Heat haven’t even won the series yet. No wait. First of all it’s that Udonis Haslem couldn’t sleep because of it. Like Draymond predicting the outcome of a series, Haslem was faced with a deep philosophical dilemma that he spent the night wrestling with.
Haslem wasn’t the only one surprised by Green’s comments…sorry, Green’s comment. Singular. (If you can call it a comment.) Another Heat member was ready to speak publicly about the broken code. Through Yahoo!.
“I don’t know what part of the game it is,” Heat forward PJ Tucker told Yahoo Sports in Green’s commentary. “A player chooses a team before it is eliminated. It’s crazy, bro.
This and the baseball players who fight for fantasy football have made one thing very clear: no amount of money, no stature, or no success can hide the fact that some people are huge jerks.
The things that athletes have to pass off as motivation are so fascinating. Fascinating in that it’s interesting how lame most of them are. Did the Heat really not want to win this series until Draymond Green, a player not involved in this series, said he was going to lose?
Has anyone asked Jimmy Butler about this? Do you think he would honor her with an answer? Is he worried the last man on the bench didn’t get a good night’s sleep because of the offensive thing Draymond Green said? Is anyone bothered about this? This is the most important question.
Is anyone embarrassed that the guy who played fewer minutes on this show than Luke Kornet is upset about what Draymond said? This man has played 83 total minutes this season and hasn’t appeared in a game since April 10 in the Heat’s regular season finale. Does another team’s 15th man give quotes on something so deep in the playoffs? When was the last time we heard from Golden State’s Chris Chiozza? Is there anything sadder or funnier than running around saying I told you Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy after you landed your 17th straight DNP-CD?
And the Heat haven’t even won the series yet! They really better win Game 7 after Haslem made a fuss about The Code. You can’t talk like that unless someone else’s game can support it.