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Yeah, that's Udonis Haslem. He traded in the Allen Iverson cornrows of the 2000's for a Kobe Bryant afro of the 1990's.
The Heat dealt with a number of critical injuries last season that happened to occur to both of their projected leaders off the bench. Whether it was losing their top perimeter threat or their best rebounder and post defender, the Heat dealt with struggles all year long and especially in the Finals when both of their services were desperately needed.
Aside from the injuries, the Heat also had a number of issues to address in terms of free agency. The team sported a number of free agents with none of them being too critical. Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem were the two most significant injuries last offseason and they easily overshadow the cast of free agents that the team had this offseason.
Who's coming back
Udonis Haslem: The Heat's iron man is back and finally healthy after dealing with a torn ligament in his foot that would keep him out from November 20th until Game 2 of the Conference Finals. It was the first significant injury of Haslem's career and it had to have been serious because it's hard to imagine that a player with as much tenacity as Udonis would reluctantly sit out nearly an entire regular season and the majority of the postseason.
Haslem deemed himself 100 percent a few months ago and is now ready to begin hitting the mid-range jumpers, grabbing rebounds and doing the dirty work that no other player on the Heat could possibly replicate. Joel Anthony attempted to fill in, but came up well short of providing the offensive influence that Haslem carried.
Mike Miller: At least somewhat. Miller's thumbs have healed up, but he is now recovering from a sports hernia surgery that is set to keep him out until at least the end of January. This is just another setback for a player that dealt with injuries all year long and caused him to shoot 36 percent from beyond the arc.
While a hernia surgery doesn't carry as much significance as thumb injuries to a shooter, it's still another setback in his development and adjustment with the team and will cause the Heat to scramble looking for answers on where to find their perimeter shooting.
Mario Chalmers: Projected to be the starting point guard for next season, Chalmers is coming off of an impressive NBA Finals where he averaged 11 points per game. Mario hit a number of key shots during the series and was hitting from beyond the arc at a solid rate as well.
This may be Chalmers' last chance to prove himself as the team has given him a number of opportunities to prove he's the starter over the past three seasons.
James Jones: The Heat's leading three-point shooter, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc, Jones will be set to, once again, momentarily replace Miller as the team's number one scoring option from the perimeter as Mike recovers from hernia surgery.
Jones hasn't had much of a chance to prove himself over his time with the Heat, but he had a breakout year last season in replacement of Miller. He doesn't have too many intangibles, but he's still a valuable threat to have from outside.
Juwan Howard: Purely here for inspiration and not much else, we shouldn't expect to see as much Juwan Howard as we did last season. The 39-year-old saw himself on the floor because of the injury to Haslem and he should be featured in garbage time appearances and not much else.
Howard's years as an NBA player are coming to a close and this just may be his last season to win an NBA title in a career that will stretch over 18 years.
Norris Cole: The Heat's draft pick out of Cleveland State University, Cole is a point guard that should help facilitation duties if Mario Chalmers starting at the point doesn't pan out.
Cole is undersized at only 6'1", but he makes up for it in quickness, agility and athleticism.
Jamaal Magloire: Signing with the Toronto Raptors, Magloire wasn't too large of a contributor in the three years he spent with the Heat. He was sluggish, could barely get off the ground, and was mainly utilized as an enforcer and not much else.
Still, the Heat are sure to miss the "big cat" and his elbows.
Mike Bibby: Good riddance, if you ask any Heat fan. Bibby gave the team the illusion of being the starting point guard they needed as he was consistent throughout the regular season, but would then lay an egg in the postseason and would only score 19 points in the Finals, with 14 of them in one game.
He signed with the New York Knicks and will get an increased role there as the team is greatly limited at the point.