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March 3, 2015 Updates

Whiteside got tossed with 4:26 left in the third quarter of the Heat’s 115-98 victory after charging at Len and tackling him under the basket. Len provoked that by grabbing the back of Whiteside’s jersey and shoving him. They had been going at it most of the night, and that was the breaking point. “It was about the fourth or fifth time I dunked on him and I feel like he was really frustrated,” Whiteside said. “I shouldn’t have came back an retaliated the way I did because it really hurt my team… but every day is a learning day for me. But that’s what it was– it was just because I just kept dunking on him.” Palm Beach Post

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Marc J. Spears: Everyone other than Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh & Hassan Whiteside available from the Heat, a source said. The times have changed for Whiteside. Hassan Whiteside can't be traded since he's within three months of signing his contract, but the Heat wouldn't move diamond in rough anyway. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

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You see any similarities between you and Hassan Whiteside? Chris Andersen: “Absolutely not. He does everything 10 times better than I do it. With his length and his wingspan and jumping ability – s***, he’s doing everything with ease. It looks like a video game deal where you create your own guy and he gets in there and just does what he does. It’s fun to watch. You can imagine what his career’s gonna be like. I try to pass my experience on to him and give him a little insight of what I’ve learned over the years. In a way, he does what I do. But he’s got a soft hook. I ain’t got that. He has a nice jumper. I got that. His length with his arms is amazing.” Palm Beach Post

February 7, 2015 Updates

Everybody in the NBA wants top get their hands on the next Hassan Whiteside — a late bloomer who been a force in the middle for the Miami Heat. The guy who may fit that profile is Eli Holman, formerly of the University of Detroit and now playing in China where he finished one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 1 of his team’s first-round playoff series. There are some remarkable similarities between their stories. But whether Holman jumps to the NBA after the Chinese playoffs or remains overseas remains an open question. For now, I have heard that there are three NBA teams interested, but that number should grow after Holman’s near triple-double of 15 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists in Game 1 of the Guangsha-Liaonang series. Holman is 25, like Whiteside, and other similarities are remarkably coincidental, to say the least. SheridanHoops

February 6, 2015 Updates

"It's amazing," Whiteside told USA TODAY Sports. "It still feels kind of surreal to me, you know? I don't know when it's going to really feel normal. But on the court, it feels normal. All the other stuff doesn't — coming in with the nice hotels and stuff. It's just great, man. It's great." USA Today Sports

But concerns about his acumen and arrogance scared executives who feared wasting a first-round pick on such an unpredictable player. And despite some early projections that he would be a lottery pick, he was eventually taken in the second round (33rd overall) by the Sacramento Kings. His former agent, Andre Buck, said on that draft night in 2010 that Whiteside's refusal to take his medication for attention deficit disorder was to blame for the slide. At that time, Whiteside denied he even had ADD. Either way, Buck said something then that stands true to this day. USA Today Sports

"He did have spurts where he would really turn it on, and his numbers for shot blocking were incredible," Musselman recalls. "But it was just a matter of him not embracing being a part of the team, which is hard to do for NBA guys — especially when they know that it's (temporary). "The D-League is temporary for everybody involved, but you add in the fact that you're getting paid by your NBA team, you have your NBA per diem, and you kind of have one foot in and one foot out anyhow. ... Hassan just had two feet out instead of one in and one out." USA Today Sports

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