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Pat Riley indicated the Heat shouldn’t go more than three or four possessions without getting the ball to Hassan Whiteside and Whiteside should have the mentality of Alonzo Mourning. “If Alonzo didn’t get a touch three or four times down the court, he would put his big hands around my neck verbally or physically,” Riley cracked. Miami Herald

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In today’s NBA, there aren’t many true centers remaining. Beasley estimated there are seven at most, and no one is younger or more athletic than Whiteside, whose two-year, $1.75 million contract is guaranteed only through this season. Now, if he can just get it all together. “He’s a force,” Beasley said. “There are a lot of things that he does that you can’t teach. That’s scary because once you start polishing those things up and teach him what he needs to know, I’m sorry for everybody else.” Charlotte Observer

In just 43 games this season, Whiteside has secured most of the franchise’s single-season rebounds records. Whiteside recorded a triple-double in points, rebounds and blocks in less than 25 minutes against the Bulls in January. He blocks more shots per game than everyone in the NBA except New Orleans’ Anthony Davis. Last week after missing three games, he returned from a freak injury that left him with 10 stitches in his shooting hand. “I’m used to my life being up and down,” Whiteside said, looking down at his mangled right hand, an injury suffered attempting to block a shot the week before. “I knew I was having too many ups, so I had to get a couple downs.” Charlotte Observer

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Cousy lives in Worcester during the summer, but he winters in Florida so he watches his share of Heat games on television and he was impressed when Whiteside came off the bench to record a triple-double on Jan. 25 against the Bulls with 14 points, 13 rebounds and a franchise-record 12 blocks. "I have never said this in the 40 years since I retired," Cousy said in a recent telephone interview, "but he is the first big guy, not (Patrick) Ewing, (Hakeem) Olajuwon, Shaq (O'Neal), who reminds me defensively and on the boards of Russell. He runs the floor well, he has excellent timing, he blocks shots and keeps them in play the way Russell did." Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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