In this exclusive interview with Dolphins.com, Haslem shares the story of his favorite Dolphins memory, which Dolphin player could best make it in the NBA and which position he feels he would be best at if he were to try his skills in the NFL
How long have you been a fan of the Miami Dolphins, and how did you become one?
Udonis Haslem: “My whole life. Growing up in Miami you really didn’t have much of a choice. You rooted for the Hurricanes and the Dolphins and I really didn’t have a choice but to root for the home team like my whole family.”
What is your favorite Dolphins memory, and why?
Haslem: “My favorite memory is from 1993, the Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys. The Dolphins were losing and were kicking about a 41-yard field goal to win the game and the field goal was blocked and everybody just watched the ball and Leon Lett tried to recover it and the Dolphins recovered it on the 1-yard line and ended up kicking the field goal to win the game. He didn’t even have to touch the ball. He should have just left it alone.We were watching it as a family on television and it was funny. We laughed and celebrated.”
How often do you try to make it to Dolphins games, and is there anyone on the team you are very friendly with?
Haslem: “I try to get to Dolphins games when I can but it’s difficult during basketball season. I had a suite a few years ago, but we were just so busy with basketball, so my parents and friends of the family ended up using it a lot more than I did. I usually make it to about 3-5 games a year. It’s just so difficult with basketball. I know
What position would you play for the Dolphins if you were on the team?
Haslem: “I’d probably be a defensive end because I’m a defensive type of guy. I’d probably be a pass rusher but I like to get in on kicks a little bit, too. I played tight end in high school and the reason why I said I’d rather play defensive end is because I’d rather hit somebody than be the guy who’s getting hit all the time.”
Which Dolphins player do you think would make the best basketball player?
Haslem: “I’d probably say