Heat’s Udonis Haslem made his historic season debut in a 76-match streak with Dwight Howard
Udonis Haslem had yet to play in the 18th season of the NBA before Thursday night, when the big Heat man was finally able to get on the ground in front of the 76ers.
It was a historic moment for Haslement, who became the oldest player to play in the Heat.
The 40-year-old didn’t last long, however. Dwight Howard played just three minutes before being sent off as a result of a clash with the 76-year-old center.
For ESPNHaslem became the oldest NBA player to be eliminated in the last 20 seasons.
Howard threw Haslem to the ground in a fight against a rebound, the two words being exchanged at the next stop. They got into each other’s faces and assessed a double technical foul before Haslem hit Howard in the face with a wide hand. That was enough to get Haslemen a second coach and leave him out of the game.
Here’s a look at the event, via the Bleacher Report.
Haslem finished the game with four points, a rebound and two techniques in his three minutes. You probably don’t want to end the first action of the season like that, but on the plus side, the numbers for at least 36 minutes of the season are pretty good. The Miami captain is averaging 48 points and 12 rebounds in a perfect 36-yard shot.
And, technically speaking, 24 technical fouls also 36 minutes.