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Heat’s Udonis Haslem not focused on retirement, still sees games to play

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PORTLAND, OREGON - FEBRUARY 09: Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat looks on prior to taking on the Portland Trail Blazers during their game at Moda Center on February 09, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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When the NBA suspended play back on March 11, veteran Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem didn’t think it would be the last time he was on an NBA court.

He still doesn’t.

Haslem, who is expected to retire after this season, told Ira Winderman of The Sun-Sentinel during a Friday conference call he understands he may not play another game. Still, he is not looking at it that way right now. He still wants to play games, including the playoffs.

“Yeah, I mean, everybody, obviously, it comes to mind. For me, I’m still maintaining hope that we can salvage some of the basketball season. So I haven’t gotten to that point yet. And in the midst of all this, there is a lot going on...

“Right now, there are bigger things going on than basketball. So it’s really kind of hard to focus on basketball.”

Haslem, 39, has been a mainstay of the Miami Heat for 17 seasons, he’s been a solid veteran presence on the court and a mentor for young players off it. Through it all Haslem picked up three championship rings and has become a fixture in the Heat organization.

Like Haslem, we all hope that we get to see him — and basketball — again soon.