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Haslem: Important that ‘culture is carried on’

The Heat legend said that an executive position, not a coaching role, would interest him after he retires.

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Udonis Haslem, who will turn 38 years old next month, isn’t sure that he’ll play another season with the Miami Heat. But he knows that whatever happens, he wants to remain with the organization.

In a recent interview, the three-time NBA champion said that he wouldn’t want to join the team as an assistant coach — something I talked about last month. But he talked about the possibility of ensuring the Heat culture continues in another role with the team. The following quote is from a story by Anthony Chiang.

“For me it’s more so important that the culture is carried on and is taken care of by the right guys. So, for me, the culture was given down to Dwyane [Wade] and myself from the Zos [Alonzo Mourning] and those guys and Eddie Joneses, and they transferred the culture down to us. So it’s my job to transfer it.”

If Haslem’s Instagram uploads are any indication, he seems to be continuing his rigorous workout routine and spending time with his wife. We’ll see how he decides whether to join the Heat as a player or an executive next year.