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Udonis Haslem the latest Heat player to speak out

You can add Udonis Haslem to the list of optimistic Miami Heat players that think the NBA lockout will end in time to play the season.  He also is hoping that he will be healthy enough to play, should there be a training camp sometime in the next month or so.  Haslem is still recovering from the foot injury he sustained last November that kept him out of the majority of the season. 

He was able to return during the playoffs and help Miami reach the NBA Finals, but coming back early meant that it would ultimately take longer for the injury to fully heal.  You think Udonis cared...?

"That's the price you pay.  I don't regret it at all.  If I had another chance to do it, I'd do it again.  I understood it was going to set me back.  That was understood.  That was strictly my choice."

That isn't surprising at all, as Haslem is one of the toughest competitors you'll ever come across.  Of course, anytime an NBA player speaks to the media they're going to be asked about the lockout.  Right now things are probably as bright as they have been in since the work stoppage began, as the league and players union met twice last week and will meet again on Tuesday.

"It could be a big week.  Compared to how much progress we've made in the past to now, this is great progress.  We haven't really been able to have a conversation.  There's been a lot of yelling, stuff going on.  The fact that we've made some progress right now is a positive."

"If you hear that one side doesn't want it and the other side is kind of iffy, I'd be like, 'Oh, what's going on?'  But the fact that both sides want to get a deal done, the way the season ended last year with the ratings being so high in the playoffs and the way our story ended, the story line is already written for next season if we have one. It'd be a shame if we didn't."

As for the obligatory positive statement that the deal would get done...

"Both sides want to get a deal done.  So that's a good thing.  At least both sides want to get a deal done.  And I feel comfortable, confident that we will."