MIAMI – Few would compare the careers of Dirk Nowitzki and Udonis Haslem. One is just 275 points shy of 30,000 career with 13 All-Star game selections and more than $220 million in career earnings on the court. The other has scored of 6,474 points, never made an All-Star team and earned about $52.5 million.
But for Dallas coach Rick Carlisle to compare the two this week says a lot about the respect Haslem has around the league.
Carlisle grouped Haslem, 36 and his 14th season with the Heat, with Nowitzki, 38 playing in his 19th season in Dallas, as “culture” guys, saying Haslem remains a part of the Miami Heat for much the same reasons Nowitzki continues to play for the Mavericks.
“Miami has kept Udonis Haslem around for a lot of the same reasons we have kept Nowitzki around,” Carlisle said. “Obviously, Haslem hasn’t had the same kind of career in terms of scoring points or being a star of anything like that, however, he’s a guy who’s a phenomenal example of culture and what these guys are all about.”