Udonis Haslem had a little fun on Thanksgiving at the expense of his teammates. The catered feast at LeBron James’ house left everyone on the team sleepy and Haslem made it his job to document the post-Thanksgiving naps.
And, of course, this being the social-media age, Haslem had to put the pictures on Instagram.
A sleeping Dwyane Wade was the first to go up on Haslem’s account, but Michael Beasley, Mario Chalmers, assistant coach Bob McAdoo and Ray Allen all made appearances. The team played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday and stayed in Northeast Ohio on Thursday for Thanksgiving at James’ residence in Bath, Ohio.
“It just started with one and then everybody just started dropping like flies and I was just getting them,” Haslem said. “I was just having fun with it. It was a good day. We were all together and just having fun.”
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But McAdoo apparently didn’t enjoy his picture being shared by thousands on Instagram and Twitter.
“Everybody took it in good fun except for McAdoo,” Haslem said. “He got kind of pissed at me. I don’t know why he got so upset. He threatened me and everything.”
Macaroni and cheese was the big hit at the Heat’s Thanksgiving lunch but Ray Allen apparently didn’t load up on the carbs. He was the last player to fall asleep and didn’t do so until the team was on the bus to the airport.
“I had to wait on Ray a long time,” Haslem said. “Ray is a machine. Ray would not fall asleep.”
Haslem didn’t play on Friday for the fourth game in a row and Shane Battier returned to the starting lineup after missing the game in Cleveland with the flu. Considering how well the Heat currently is playing, Haslem doesn’t expect to be inserted into the lineup anytime soon.
Haslem began the season with back spasms, missed four consecutive games and then played limited minutes in two games after recovering. The Heat’s winning streak started while Haslem was out.
“Obviously, when you have a team like this, guys step in and perform and there are only so many guys who can play,” Haslem said. “I went down. I wasn’t healthy early and I went down and we lost that Boston game we kind of turned the corner a little bit and the rotation is going well and I understand.
“I’ve been on the other end of it where I’ve been the guy other guys had to cheer for. Now I’m going to be the guy cheering right now, but I know my number will be called. I’ll just be ready when it happens.”
Beasley’s offense on the team’s second unit has made it tough for Haslem to break back into the rotation.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has preached the idea of offensive sacrifice for the past three seasons and statistical proof of the team’s commitment to that idea is show in the decrease in field goal attemtps by James, and Chris Bosh.
The field-goal attempts for each player have decreased dramatically since the Heat lost to the Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. Bosh averaged 14.2 attempts per game in 2011-12, 12.3 attempts in 2012-13 and is now averaging 9.9 attempts per game, which is his lowest average since his rookie season (9.5 percent).
Wade averaged 18.2 attempts per game in 2010-11. He is now averaging 13.8, which is also his lowest average since his rookie season (13.1). Wade averaged 17.1 attempts per game in 2011-12, 15.8 attempts per game in 2012-13 and 13.8 attempts per game in 2013-14.
James is averaging 15.6 attempts per game, which is the easily the lowest in his career. He set a career low in field-goal attempts last season (17.8). James averaged 18.9 attempts in 2011-12 and 17.8 in 2012-13.
“Those guys were always willing not only to sacrifice, but change their games, to facilitate to allow other guys to be involved but it’s a process and it takes time and we had to go through those growing steps the first year,” Spoelstra said. “The second year was a little bit better and each year our assisted baskets have been going up, the ball is moving more freely and there is an understanding that they can trust other guys to make the play while they can still be aggressive.
“But if your best players don’t set the tone for that, you don’t have any chance of that, so they understand the big picture and what works for us in the playoffs and what doesn’t.”
The Heat was averaging 25 assists per game before Friday. The team averaged 23 assists per game in 2012-13 and 20 assists per game in 2011-2012.