Miami Heat Legend Delivers Pep Talk to Chicago Bears

Udonis Haslem

Getty Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat wears a Black Lives Matter shirt before the start of a game against the Denver Nuggets on August 1, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Miami Heat don’t begin training camp for another three weeks but one of their veteran leaders is already giving pep talks. But there’s a catch – he delivered it to a football franchise, one not located in South Florida.

Udonis Haslem was a guest speaker at Chicago Bears training camp where he dropped some knowledge about what goes into being a captain. Maybe the Miami Dolphins will get a personal visit from the Heat legend at a later date.

Bears head coach revealed the Haslem nugget on a recent episode of the Bears Coaches Show. “He hit it from a perspective of what it takes to be leaders in the locker room,” Nagy said, “and it was fascinating.”

Make no mistake, Haslem is a certified Dolphins fan. He was born in Miami and helped lead Miami Senior High to back-to-back state titles in 1997 and 1998 before taking his talents to the University of Florida. He lives and breathes South Florida.

His former Heat teammate, Dwyane Wade, even joked about in a 2018 interview with the Chicago Tribune. Wade is a diehard Bears fan and described the scene:

Wade regularly posts his support of the Bears on his social media accounts and attended the Bears’ overtime loss to the Dolphins on Oct. 14 in Miami. But when the Bears came up on the short end, Wade had to endure merciless teasing from teammate Udonis Haslem, a lifelong Dolphins fan.

“It was on a different level bad,” Wade said, laughing. “But all in fun. Me and UD had a lot riding on it. But it was a good game. It sucks we came up on the other end of it.”

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