Hassan Whiteside Says He’s Going to Miss His Teammates in Miami

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During Hassan Whiteside’s time as a member of the Miami Heat, he courted controversy on a number of occasions due to his comments and reactions.

Now playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, Whiteside sparked a new furor by appearing to dismiss the shooting abilities of his former Heat teammates before then clarifying his comment.

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Two of Whiteside’s newest teammates are guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who are considered to be among the best starting backcourts in the NBA. Both players can knock down shots and have delivered in clutch circumstances.

Lillard has hit 42.3 percent of his shots from the field over his NBA career, while draining 36.8 percent of his long-range attempts. Meanwhile, McCollum has done even better by connecting on 45.5 percent of his regular-season shots from field, including 40.1 percent on 3-pointers.

Whiteside himself put up good shooting numbers when he was motivated and healthy enough to play. The problem was that his motivation wasn’t always in evidence, even after the Heat awarded him a huge contract extension in 2016.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra lost faith in Whiteside in the final months of last season, starting Bam Adebayo in his spot. That led to Whiteside’s trade to Portland over the summer, with the Trail Blazers hoping that the big man will be focused on delivering a big season.

The Heat have moved on from Whiteside and are hoping that the addition of new acquisitions Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro will help get them back into the postseason.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for HeatNation.com, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.