HoopsHype Hassan Whiteside rumors
Jason Lieser: Whiteside: "A couple months ago I couldn't get anyone to look at me. Now I've got 20 media people here." http://t.co/igxrMCSUTm Twitter @PBPjasonlieser
It requires a high level of harshness to call someone that in public, though that very well might have been what people around the league were saying about Whiteside at the time. Elhassan has insight into that dynamic as the former assistant director of basketball operations for Phoenix. “If you’re a jackass, rubbing away that reputation is very hard,” Elhassan said. “It’s very easy to ruin your reputation and very hard to rebuild it. Hassan Whiteside, for lack of a better word, was a jackass when he came out of college. He was delusional and would say things that were not commensurate with how great he was as a player. Palm Beach Post
“It’s different because I got a coach who will play me, so I get to play,” Whiteside said. “You can’t get on the court without a contract. I called the Clippers for a workout, they said no. I called every team for a workout, they said no, except the Heat. The Heat gave me a chance and, I mean, it’s only right for me to give 110 percent effort every time.” Miami Herald
Barry Jackson: Whiteside 58 points, 40 rebounds over last 4 games for Heat, which wisely signed him to 2-yr deal when Miami added him Nov. 24. Twitter @flasportsbuzz
While Saturday is the day when all NBA contracts become guaranteed for the season, players without fully guaranteed contracts must be waived by 5 p.m. Wednesday to not have their salaries still be on the books after the 48-hour waiver period on Saturday. For the Heat, the only players whose salaries are impacted by the guarantee deadline are Justin Hamilton, Hassan Whiteside and Andre Dawkins. (Rookie James Ennis had his contract guaranteed at the start of the season.) The decisions figure to come down to more than dollars and cents, with Hamilton already guaranteed 75 percent of his $816,000 2014-15 salary and Whiteside $100,000 of his $770,000 salary. Also, unlike during recent seasons, the Heat no longer are operating above the NBA's luxury-tax line, so there is no tax multiplier in effect when it comes to team payroll. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
But the past three have been particularly encouraging, with Whiteside corralling 21 rebounds (seven in each of the games), scoring 16 points and blocking five shots in 56 minutes against Memphis, Orlando and Indiana. “Very pleased and encouraged by how much he has grown in the last five weeks since he’s been with us,” Erik Spoelstra said Friday. “It has been a specific, detailed plan. He’s embraced the work.” Miami Herald
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