Hassan Whiteside Returns to Practice, Expected to Play in Tonight’s Scrimmage

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The status of injured Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside saw a positive development after the team’s head coach Erik Spoelstra said that the 26-year-old Whiteside took part in Thursday morning’s practice.

That news came from Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel, who tweeted:

Meanwhile, the Miami Herald’s Ethan Skolnick also indicated via a tweet that because of this development, Whiteside is expected to take part in a team scrimmage this evening:

Whether or not Whiteside is able to see action in the Heat’s next game Saturday night in Houston is likely dependent on his health after the scrimmage.

Whiteside has been out since the start of training camp due to a calf strain, and Miami has taken a cautious approach to returning him to full health, given the insignificance of the preseason.

This is Whiteside’s first training camp with the team, which he joined last November 24, four days after having been released by the Memphis Grizzlies. He went on to average a double-double with 11.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game after spending three weeks with the Heat’s D-League team in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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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.