Thursday , Nov , 20 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Udonis Haslem: Don Nelson-Type Trick Defenses Are ‘Cowardly’

For most, being left open on an NBA floor is the result of an offensive play properly run.

Udonis Haslem sees it a bit differently. To him, being left unaccounted for is dismissive. He used to consider that so insulting that he once berated Don Nelson and the Warriors’ bench for ignoring him time and again — even though Haslem was benefiting from it with a huge game.

”It gets old after a while,” Haslem said. ”Basketball is supposed to be 5-on-5. People mix all those junk defenses. To me, I feel like that’s kind of cowardly. Just play ball.”