However, according to Walter Villa of the Miami Herald, it allegedly does not seem like Whiteside sees the comparison to Jordan the same way other people do.
“No,” Whiteside said Thursday when asked about Jordan and whether their games are similar. “He catches lobs. I shoot jumpers, catch lobs, block shots. I do a lot. He just catches lobs.”
So far during the 2016-17 campaign, Whiteside has put up better numbers than Jordan. Whiteside is averaging 17.6 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, while Jordan is averaging 11.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
“It doesn’t really matter to me who I’m playing,” Whiteside added. “I don’t pay attention to any other center. I’m still trying to beat 12 blocks. I’m just trying to compete against Whiteside every day.”
When Jordan was asked on Friday morning about the comments Whiteside made about him, the Clippers center was quick to bring up his 2015-16 regular season accolades, which include All-NBA First Team and NBA All-Defensive First Team honors.
“Hmmm,” Jordan said, when asked about Whiteside’s comments. “I do catch lobs. I made first-team All-NBA and first-team All-Defense doing that.”
Whiteside and the Heat will play the third game of their six-game homestand on Friday night as they host Jordan and the Clippers at American Airlines Arena. The contest, which will tip off shortly after 8:00 p.m. ET, will be broadcast live locally on Fox Sports Sun.