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would have been nice to get some Billy D quotes in there, believe they still have a good relationship but may be incorrect in that as do not recall seeing UD in gville much lately
"MIAMI -- On Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, Udonis Haslem will likely surpass Heat legend Alonzo Mourning as the franchise’s all-time leading rebounder.
All Haslem needs is two rebounds. Haslem has pulled down 4,806 rebounds in a Heat uniform while Mourning hauled in 4,807 during his tenure for the team.
How does a guy who’s generously listed at 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds become the rebounding champion of an NBA franchise that has existed for decades?
That’s the question I posed to three men whom collectively have coached Haslem since he was a teenager.
Frank Martin -- Haslem’s former high school coach at Miami Senior High School and current head coach of the University of South Carolina. Martin won the Big 12 Coach of the Year award in 2010 while at Kansas State. Haslem won two Florida state championships under Martin.
David Thorpe -- ESPN.com Insider, NBA scout and executive director of the Pro Training Center, a workout haven for NBA players and aspiring NBA players alike. Thorpe is often credited as the coach who turned Haslem’s potential as an NBA player into a reality by teaching him his patented jump shot and the value of rebounding.
Erik Spoelstra -- current Heat head coach and the longest-tenured coach of Haslem’s NBA career.
Here are the stories they told to help us understand how a player of Haslem’s size can stand so tall in NBA history. "
AP/Getty ImagesOnce a 300-pound, undrafted player who couldn't rebound, Udonis Haslem is about to make history. MIAMI -- On Wednesday night against t
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