MIAMI A decade ago, a pair of buddies at the University of Florida had NBA dreams
The NBA, though, wasnt dreaming much about them.
Forward Udonis Haslem wasnt even taken in the 2002 draft. He had to play in France in 2002-03.
Forward Matt Bonner, a year behind Haslem at Florida, was selected in the 2003 draft but was with just the 45th overall pick in the second round. Bonner went to play in Italy for a year.
But here they are now facing off in the NBA Finals, Haslem for Miami and Bonner for San Antonio. Both are going for another championship ring, Haslem already having won titles with the Heat in 2006 and 2012 and Bonner having been fitted for a ring with the Spurs in 2007.
Obviously, we had to work, said Haslem, whose Heat lost to the Spurs 92-88 in Thursdays Game 1. Nothing was given to us. We were probably those guys that could have gone either way. It could have a lot different, but we both had to find our niche and we both had to work to stay here.
Haslem, who broke into the...