Udonis Haslem introduces new Heat teammates to the ‘other Miami’

Udonis Haslem (Getty Images)

Udonis Haslem (Getty Images)

MIAMI — Along with bringing the Heat’s new players along on the court, he’s also trying to get them accustomed to Miami off the court.

The Miami native and team captain said he introduced most of the Heat’s new faces to the “other Miami” this summer. Haslem took them to “grab a bite to eat and hang out in the barbershop with me and just do things that local people do” in Liberty City, the neighborhood he grew up in about five miles north of AmericanAirlines Arena.

“I wanted to let them know just because people can’t make it to the game or can’t afford to or they have to work or whatever their situation may be, there’s a lot of people in this city that love you guys and just want to feel a part of the process,” Haslem said.

What feedback did Haslem get from his teammates? “When we going back,” Haslem said his teammates asked him.

“I took them to get local food,” Haslem said. “You don’t always have to eat on South Beach all the time and spend $2,000 for a meal. You can probably spend like $12 and get a great meal and a nap. I took them to the other Miami.”

When asked if he took them to Wynwood, Haslem smiled and shook his head.

“That’s not real Miami anymore,” Haslem said of Wynwood. “Five years ago, maybe. Not now.”

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