Udonis Haslem plans to root against his hometown Miami Hurricanes next season — for one game

Denver Nuggets guard Mike Miller (3) and Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Denver. The Heat won 106-98. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Nuggets guard Mike Miller (3) and Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Denver. The Heat won 106-98. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

MIAMI — Udonis Haslem played on the college level for the Florida Gators, but he’s always made it clear that his loyalty belongs to his hometown Miami Hurricanes.

“In my house growing up, you were a Hurricane or you were homeless,” Haslem said on the Dan Le Batard Show on 790 The Ticket back in 2010. “I went to the University of Florida, which was a business decision. You have business decisions in life. And I love the Gators, I love coach [Billy] Donovan, I love the opportunity that they gave me. But I’m always going to be a Hurricane in my heart and I’m always going to root for the Canes.”

Not always. Haslem admitted Monday that he will root against Miami when the Hurricanes host Toledo in a college football game on Sept. 23.

But Haslem has a good reason. The Heat forward’s oldest son, Kedonis Haslem, is a high school football player at Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas and committed to Toledo late last week.

“At the end of the day, blood is always thicker than water,” Haslem said. “That will be one game that I will be rooting for the Rockets.”

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Kedonis is rated as a three-star offensive guard by 247 Sports. He will sign a letter of intent with the Rockets on Wednesday, which is National Signing Day.

“It makes you feel like you did something right,” Haslem said. “To see something that he’s been working toward since he was 8 years old, to see him reach that goal, I’m happy for him. He’s a good kid. He deserves it. I’m looking forward to the next phase of his life and his career, and being a part of it, being able to guide him, and attend games and do whatever I can do to just make that situation the best possible. College is the best four years of your life.”

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