Heat’s Miller had surgery, Haslem says

Miami Heat forwards James Jones, left, and Udonis Haslem, center, and center Joel Anthony share a laugh during a voluntary workout Thursday in Miami. Thursday was the first day players could return to team facilities since the NBA lockout began July 1. (The Associated Press)

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 2:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 2:56 p.m.

MIAMI — Heat forward Udonis Haslem said Thursday that teammate and close friend Mike Miller is expected to miss about eight weeks while recovering from surgery.

Miller had an array of injuries last season. Haslem said Miller recently had surgery for what he believes is a hernia. Because the lockout is ongoing, the Heat cannot make any comments about players, and Miller did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

“I know Mike. He’s a strong guy, he’s going to stay positive and he’s going to get back as soon as he can,” Haslem said. “The key with Mike is, we’ve got to fight him not to get back too fast. He’s going to want to be out there. He’s going to want to play. He’s got to just pace himself and get healthy.”

Miller and Haslem were teammates at the University of Florida.

Haslem, Chris Bosh and Joel Anthony were among a handful of Heat players working out at the team’s arena Thursday for the first time since June. It was the first day players could return to team facilities since the NBA lockout began July 1. Free agents Juwan Howard and James Jones also arrived; both were with the Heat last season.

More players are likely over the next few days. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are expected next week.

The lockout is not over, but the NBA is allowing teams to open their doors again in anticipation of training camps starting Dec. 9. The regular season is expected to begin Dec. 25.

The NBA and its players struck a tentative deal on the framework of a new CBA last weekend.

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