The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside became a household name — at least to us NBA fans — under the guidance of coach Erik Spoelstra, but it seems the relationship between player and coach has taken a turn for the worst after the Heat’s recent loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Whiteside is one of the NBA’s elite paint protectors, and after being given a chance by the Heat after spending time in the D-League of all places before being called up, Hassan showed his worth in an effort to quote, “get his 2K rating up.”
But the center has become disgruntled with head coach Erik Spoelstra regarding his playing time, and tensions boiled over after the Heat’s 110-109 loss to the Nets, who are one of the worst teams in the league.
Hassan Whiteside called his limited minutes, "Bulls—" and said his minutes have been an issue all season.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) April 1, 2018
In the loss, Whiteside scored 14 points, but was only given 20 minutes of court time, less than his 26 minutes per game average this season. There is really no ‘nice’ explanation for Whiteside’s lack of minutes as of late, with coach Spo pretty much opting to play the likes of Jordan Mickey and rookie Bam Adebayo in place of Whiteside, especially when the opposition goes extra small like the Nets did, something which doesn’t please Hassan one bit.
BREAKING: Whiteside says it's "bull shit" that Heat doesn't use him late when other teams go small. Unsure of future here. Whoa.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 1, 2018
“Unsure of future here.” That is a major statement. At least 75% of the league wouldn’t mind signing Whiteside this offseason if he elects to leave sunny Miami, and many could use a center with the skillset of Hassan’s.