Who do you think Blake Griffin said is the “most respected” player in the NBA? LeBron James, maybe Kevin Durant? The answer might surprise you.
Recently, Griffin made an appearance on Barstool’s “Pardon My Take” to unbox some trading cards. As each card was unveiled, Griffin and his co-hosts would stop and talk about the specific player.
When Udonis Haslem popped up, Griffin raised some eyebrows when he said the longtime Miami Heat big man is so widely approved, he’s probably the most respected player in the league.
The 41-year-old Haslem, who entered the league in 2003 and has spent his entire career with the Heat, said he will be returning for a 19th season next year. At this point in his career, Haslem is more player than coach, having appeared in only five games over the last two seasons and 29 in the last four.
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Even with his lack of game action, Haslem still clearly commands plenty of respect. If he didn’t, not only would Griffin not have shouted him out in the manner he did, but the Heat likely would have cut ties with the former Florida star years ago.
It just goes to show that you don’t have to be an All-Star to earn the admiration of your peers.