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Heat give Haslem backup role

Updated: October 28, 2009, 11:58 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Without much thought, Udonis Haslem started reciting a long list of players who are good enough to be NBA starters yet come off the bench.

He's now one of them.

Haslem is out of Miami's starting lineup for the first time in six years, paving the way for Michael Beasley to open at power forward. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra announced the starters Wednesday: NBA scoring champion Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers at guard, Jermaine O'Neal at center, Quentin Richardson at small forward ...

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