MIAMI – As far as Udonis Haslem is concerned, the more the merrier.
That is the attitude the Heat forward is taking about sharing his captaincy. Coach Erik Spoelstra and his staff decided it was time to add more captains this season and a team vote resulted in Goran Dragic and James Johnson being named tri-captains along with Haslem.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Haslem said Monday before the Heat hosted the Atlanta Hawks. “I’m on board with whatever it takes for us to be successful and put us in the best position to have an opportunity to hold that trophy up at the end.
“I definitely feel like there needs to be other leaders. You know, my voice only goes so far. You’ve got to have leaders on the floor as well.”
Haslem, 37, is in his 15th season with the franchise. He already is the longest tenured captain in Heat history, a title that goes back to 2007-08. He has won three titles and been to five Finals.
Last season he was the lone captain.
Haslem believes Johnson and Dragic are natural leaders.
Dragic, 31, is in his 10th season in the NBA. He was the captain and undeniable leader of Slovenia’s march to the EuroBasket championship this summer.
“It’s just amazing to see what Goran was able to do leading those guys,” Haslem said. “(To) see the crowd chanting his name. We definitely know he has that quality about him.”
Johnson, 31, was voted a team leader despite spending one season in the organization, a testament to the respect he has gained.
“JJ is one of those leaders that guys gravitate to,” Haslem said. “When you talk the talk and walk the walk it demands a certain amount of respect. That’s what I see in JJ that reminds me of me. I was able to talk to the talk and walk the walk and it’s even more valuable when guys see you do it that way.”