HoopsHype Hassan Whiteside rumors

October 20, 2011 Updates

Looks like lockout basketball in Sacramento coming closer to becoming a reality. Kings forward Donté Greene appeared on the Carmichael Dave Show and said the Goon Squad Classic is rounding into form. Who’s playing? He’s received commitments from Washington Wizards point guard John Wall and Houston Rockets point guard Jonny Flynn along with fellow Kings teammates Jason Thompson, Hassan Whiteside, Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins. Greene also has Twitter commitments from new rookie Isaiah Thomas and J.J. Hickson. The Kings forward is working on wooing Kevin Durant , Rudy Gay and soon-to-be rookie-sensation Jimmer Fredette to play as well. Cowbellkingdom.com

October 12, 2011 Updates

Earlier today, Kings fans tweeted at the Sacramento Kings forward about putting together a charity exhibition game in the Capital region. He took their message to heart and it appears Greene has plans in the works to host a game the weekend before Thanksgiving. Among the players who’ve declared their interest? Wizards point guard John Wall along with Greene’s fellow teammates Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins. New King J.J. Hickson also says he’d like to play. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Rockets point guard Jonny Flynn, Lakers forward and Sacramento native Matt Barnes, teammates Tyreke Evans and Hassan Whiteside were also extended Twitter invites by the Kings forward. Cowbellkingdom.com

June 19, 2011 Updates

With questions about his maturity and work ethnic, the last thing Whiteside wanted to be viewed as was lazy. So pain in his knee or not, he planned to play. "I didn't want people to think I was trying to make excuses," Whiteside said. But he admits that was a mistake. "It took a lot of my explosiveness away," Whiteside said. "I mean I could still block shots because that's really just timing. But being more athletic, it took a lot of that away and that's when I knew it was time, I had to get surgery." Sacramento Bee

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Sacramento Kings’ center Hassan Whiteside underwent successful surgery this morning at the UC Davis Medical Center to repair a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Dr. Richard Marder performed the surgery. Whiteside will miss four to six months of action and should be available by the start of the Kings’ 2011-12 Training Camp. Cowbellkingdom.com

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While talking to folks for Sunday's column about rookie Hassan Whiteside, I learned that longtime NBA scout/assistant Brendan Suhr has taken over basketball operations at Central Florida University. (Whiteside's former coaches at Marshall relocated to Central Florida at the end of the 2009 -10 season). What makes this interesting is that Suhr, who spent almost a decade on Mike Fratello's staff in Atlanta before joining Chuck Daly in Detroit, was the lead assistant on the Pistons' 1989-90 Championship teams .... headed by Isiah Thomas. All of which means Suhr will be recruiting against his former superstar, currently the head coach at Florida International. Sacramento Bee

July 19, 2010 Updates

By falling into the second round of last month’s NBA Draft, many thought Gastonia’s Hassan Whiteside lost all of his leverage in negotiating a rookie contract. Instead, the Sacramento Kings have rewarded Whiteside with a contract comparable to a player who slipped in the 2009 NBA Draft – San Antonio’s DeJuan Blair. According to the Charleston, W.Va., Daily Mail, Whiteside signed a four-year contract worth $3.8 million. The first two years of the deal are guaranteed for $1.76 million. If the Kings guarantee the final two years of his contract, he’d make $986,000 in his third season and $1.054 million in his fourth year. Gaston Gazette

July 8, 2010 Updates

The Sacramento Kings today signed rookie center-forward Hassan Whiteside to a contract, it was announced by Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Whiteside was Sacramento’s second round selection (33rd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft out of Marshall University as an undergraduate. Sactown Royalty

June 28, 2010 Updates

In the second round, Hobson watched as teams like the Sacramento Kings and New Jersey Nets passed on him after showing significant interest and making it clear that he would be their guy if he somehow dropped out of the first. Instead, both teams went with the best players available in Hassan Whiteside and Tibor Pleiss. If one team was able to move up or others had kept their word, Hobson would have been a first round pick. But instead, he slipped on draft night and will now play with a chip on his shoulder as he looks to show those teams what they missed out on. HoopsWorld

June 25, 2010 Updates

Sam Amick: A scout told me Whiteside fell because of "a severe case of ADD," but Petrie said his medicals were fine and that ADD wasn't part of them. Twitter

"He's going to have to figure out how he's going to address it, whether it's medication that's prescribed that helps him be better and that he'll probably take to get better," Buck said by phone. "At Marshall ... he was on medication he didn't like and didn't think was good for him. He stopped taking it. "If he takes it and he's better, people are going to be mad they didn't take him earlier (in the draft). If he uses this as fuel, he could be really good, and teams will be sorry they didn't take him." FanHouse.com

"I heard throughout the process that teams were concerned about his readiness to play, and a little bit of the lack of experience he had, the level he played at," Buck said. "We're still surprised, but the silver lining is he had two teams he wanted to go to and Sac was one of them." FanHouse.com

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