MIAMI – Udonis Haslem has no interest in playing in a 3-on-3 league when he retires but certainly would tune in, as would Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who has one concern.
“I just hope nobody gets hurt,” he said. “But I’m going to watch for sure.”
Former NBA stars, led by Allen Iverson, who will coach and play, and Chauncey Billups, will help get the ‘Big3’ off the ground, a 3-on-3 league that will start in June and include eight five-man teams in which the first team to 60 points wins. The games will played on a half court and include the 3-point line and three circles that will count for four points. The teams will travel as a group with all eight teams playing four mini-games on the same day. The venues have yet to be secured.
Haslem, the oldest member of the Heat at 36, has no plans to play in a 3-on-3 league or any other league once he decides he’s done.
“I got a lot of respect for those guys,” he said following practice Sunday when told others like Kenyon Martin and two Heat former players Rashard Lewis and Jermaine O’Neal are among those who have agreed to play.
“It’s just not for me. Once I’m done the tank is going to be empty, I’m not saving nothing. I’m leaving it all out here on this floor. When it’s empty, it’s empty.”
Spoelstra has visions of the NBA All-Star Legends Game that was a part of All-Star weekend from 1984 to 1993 and featured retired players. The game was cancelled due to the amount of injuries.
“They played full court and guys were getting hurt left and right, Achilles, blown knees virtually every time down the floor,” Spoelstra said. “But yeah, I’d definitely watch.”
I asked Spoelstra to name his Dream 3-on-3 Team from retired Heat players.
He did not hesitate with his first two picks of Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning before saying his third player would be Dan Majerle.
“A glue guy,” he said.
Spoelstra was told Majerle would be a solid pick because of the four-point shot.
“Dan only shot four pointers,” he said.