Udonis Haslem, Miami-born and in the 10th year of his career with the Miami Heat, will likely set the franchise career rebound record on Wednesday night.
Udonis Haslem will likely break the Miami Heat career rebounding record, reports the Sun Sentinel. Haslem and the rest of the Heat will face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, and if Haslem can grab two boards he'll surpass Alonzo Mourning's mark of 4.807. Averaging 4.8 rebounds per game this season, he should have no trouble grabbing the record.
Born in Miami and a graduate of Miami High School, Haslem's removal from Miami's Nov. 17 win over the Phoenix Suns means he'll have a chance to break the record in front of hometown fans. The significance of that didn't escape the 10-year man:
"To do it in front of my family, in front of my friends, so many people that I love and care about, in front of my home fans that have supported me for so long, it's going to be a great accomplishment."
Haslem has spent his entire career with Miami. He signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2003 after a year spent playing abroad after his college career with the Florida Gators. He didn't excel in rebounding in college, but worked on the skill after Heat coaches told him that was needed.
Haslem is currently the franchise leader in games played, and is second to Dwyane Wade in minutes played. Mourning set the record over two stints with Miami, one from 1995 to 2002, and one from 2004 to 2008.