Justise Winslow Rumors

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Justise Winslow
Justise Winslow
Position: F
Born: 03/26/96
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:222 lbs. / 100.7 kg.
Salary: $3,448,926
“It’s tough when you’re not playing because the coach believes that somebody else is flat-out better than you,” Winslow said. “It sucks, but it’s also motivating. It inspires you to get in the gym a lot more. The emotional aspect of it is the hardest part. It’s easy to continue to work. The hardest part is the mental part, just believing in yourself and knowing that you belong in the league even when you’re not playing.”
In moving back to .500 at 18-18, Miami has now beaten the lottery-bound Cavs (8-30) twice in the past week, after wins against Phoenix and Orlando in recent weeks. Beating lottery teams could never be assumed with this Heat team, but Miami is making progress there. Josh Richardson scored 24 points and Miami got helpful contributions from Derrick Jones Jr. (13 points, seven rebounds), Tyler Johnson (16 points), James Johnson (11 points), Kelly Olynyk (10 points) and Rodney McGruder (10 points). Hassan Whiteside added eight points and 12 rebounds, and Justise Winslow chipped in 10 points and seven assists.
It’s been about 15 days since you became the team’s starting point guard. Has this been the best 15 days of your career? Justise Winslow: “Yes and no. Just from an individual growth standpoint it’s been the most on-court growth in these 15 days. But there’s been other days where I’m having a bad game but it’s still growth. This is good growth. This is blooming and blossoming before people’s eyes. Definitely my best 15 days from an individual stretch, but we’re also winning. I’m pretty good with that.”
Not to dampen the mood by reminding you of times that weren’t so good, but calling back to your injury-riddled second season, are you basically in the complete opposite headspace now? Justise Winslow: “That year was tough. Started with wrist injuries. I was actually shooting the ball pretty well and had that so I had to kind of change things. Then I got hurt (shoulder). Definitely a complete 180 since then. I’m just proud of myself. What I went through wasn’t easy, just being hurt that early in your career. It’s part of my journey. I don’t run from it. I don’t hide from it. It is what it is. I wasn’t playing great. I was down on myself. I wouldn’t say I stopped believing but there were times when I was questioning my place in this league. Head down, keep grinding. That’s been my motto and I’m sticking to it.