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Heat notebook: Dwyane Wade calls longtime teammate Udonis Haslem his brother

Wednesday was the six-year anniversary of the Heat's 2006 NBA title. Only Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem remain from that team.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 20, 2012
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Wednesday was the six-year anniversary of the Heat's 2006 NBA title. Only Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem remain from that team.

“That's my brother,” Wade said of Haslem. “We've been through so much, obviously on the basketball floor, but off the court. He dealt with personal issues, I dealt with personal issues … we've been there for each other.

“I would love to play with him for the rest of my career. I'm just happy that we're both able to be in this moment again six years later. It wouldn't feel right if I wasn't a part of it or he wasn't a part of it.”

HEAT? NO KIDDING

Some blamed LeBron James' cramping in Game 4 on the heat in American Airlines Arena. It didn't seem any hotter than OKC's Chesapeake Arena.

But Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his support personnel would take precautions for James in Game 5.

“I think we'll be able to better hydrate and be more proactive now that we know what the environment is like,” Spoelstra said. “Hey, we're from down here, so hopefully it'll be to our advantage.”

Spoelstra said James feels “better … hopefully by tomorrow he'll feel even better. But he was able to go through our practice, which was more of a glorified walk-through.”

LEARNING THE RULE

Some of the Thunder players said they didn't know the rule that the shot clock returns to five seconds if fewer than that remain at a jump ball. Russell Westbrook committed a crucial foul with 13 seconds left in Game 4 after a jump ball restored the shot clock to five seconds from the 0.8 that had been left.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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