words // Luis Sanchez
images // Nick DePaula
Before the big three ever formed in Miami, Udonis Haslem was busy becoming one of the franchise's most loved players. Just one of two guys remaining from the Heat's 2006 NBA title run, Haslem's journey to greatness has taken him to great lengths and many places before capturing two titles with his hometown Miami Heat.
Haslem's basketball journey began way back as a young high school star at Miami High where two state titles helped him earn a scholarship to the University of Florida to play under legendary head coach Billy Donovan. Following four NCAA tournament appearances with the Gators, Haslem's journey then took him overseas to France for a year before returning home in 2003 to play with the Heat.
Turning down considerably larger contracts from other teams to stay in Miami back in 2010, Haslem's sacrifices have certainly paid off as he and the Heat will look to capture their second NBA title in three seasons beginning tonight vs. the Championship experienced San Antonio Spurs.
Originally worn by the Heat during their '95-'96 season, the Heat celebrated the franchise's 25th anniversary this season with the return of their iconic "Deep Red" alternate uniforms. Check out Haslem's Hardwood Classics REV30 authentic by adidas below, and be sure to tune in to Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs tonight.