Haslem Out for the Season?

23 Nov

The look of disappointment


Heat forward Udonis Haslem may miss the remainder of the regular season after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left foot, and free agent Erick Dampier has been signed to help fill the void that creates.

Haslem had surgery Tuesday, the same day Dampier took a physical with the Heat — the last hurdle before a contract could be signed. Dampier practiced with the Heat that afternoon.

Haslem ruptured the Lisfranc ligament in his foot, which connects arch bones to the ones leading to his toes. His recovery could take more than four months. The Heat may consider applying for an injury exception if the determination is that Haslem’s season is over.

Dampier worked out in September for Miami, which decided at that time not to offer him a contract.

To make room for Dampier, the Heat waived guard Jerry Stackhouse, whose contract was not guaranteed.

At 8-6, the Heat entered Tuesday tied for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and the 10th-best mark in the NBA — not exactly what a team filled with superstars wanted.

And the words Heat president Pat Riley once famously said — “No rebounds, no rings” — are resonating again, especially after an embarrassing home loss to Indiana on Monday night.
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