View Full Version : Heat Haslem could return before season's end

01-05-2011, 01:04 AM

MIAMI -- Udonis Haslem is taking steps in his recovery, literally.

The Heat forward had the cast removed from his left foot Monday and is now in a walking boot as he begins the long rehab process from a torn ligament suffered in November. Haslem had surgery five weeks ago and is targeting late March or early April for a return.

"I think I'm ahead of schedule but I don't have much pain but I'm not 100 percent weight-bearing so it is hard to tell," Haslem said. "I'm starting rehab process as far as moving it and getting more flexibility in it because it has been sitting for so long."

Haslem is slated to return to the doctor in two weeks and hopes to travel with the Heat when they leave Miami to embark on a five-game, 10-day road trip. Haslem could start rehabbing later this month once the remaining surgical scars heal.