ASK IRA: Is there a backup point guard in the house for the Heat?

Q: There is only one logical explanation to the ongoing, ridiculous Udonis Haslem situation — taking up a roster spot with no discernable benefit other than that he somehow motivates seasoned professional athletes who somehow cannot muster up the strength to try really hard if he is not cheering them on. That explanation is an under-the-table agreement when he joined the Big Three for less money than he could have gotten elsewhere, a decade ago, that the Heat would keep him on as a player for as long as he wanted. If course, the Heat can never admit that as it is against the rules, and maybe even Erik Spoelstra doesn’t know about the agreement. Any comments? — Andrew, Coral Gables.

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