Udonis Haslem jaws with Dwight Howard, gets ejected from first game of season
Udonis Haslem didn’t waste any time making an impact in his first game on the court this season.
The former Florida star received a resounding ovation from the pandemic-limited crowd when he entered, and then another when he scored his first points of the season, on a putback layup with 2.3 seconds left in the opening period, which also helped increase his franchise career rebounding record, the South Florida Sun Sentinal reported.
The Miami Heat captain then got into a jawing match with Dwight Howard of the Philadelphia 76ers, and after a profanity-laced confrontation, another technical foul and ejection followed for Haslem, after his only 2:40 of action this season.
The 40-year-old Udonis Haslem is the oldest NBA player over the last 20 seasons to get ejected from a game, per SportsCenter.
Haslem has been on the roster since opening night, but his season debut didn’t come until the Heat’s 70th game of the season, when he entered with 59.3 seconds left in the opening period against the 76ers at AmericanAirlines Arena. At 40 he became the oldest player to appear in a Heat uniform (Juwan Howard held the previous record from his final game with the Heat).
UD got ejected after getting into it with Dwight 👀 pic.twitter.com/DwLaSi1Dk6
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