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Spoelstra: Heat 'moving on' from Whiteside rant

Postby thanloeuth » 04 Apr 2018, 08:45

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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team is "moving on" from Hassan Whiteside's rant about his playing time, which the center said he regrets.
Whiteside played just 20 minutes against the Brooklyn Nets in a 110-109 loss Saturday and was not on the court at all during the fourth quarter or overtime. He had 14 points and six rebounds in the contest, then voiced his displeasure toward the team's late-game strategy with an expletive-filled rant to reporters afterward, in which he said, "We've got one of the best centers in the league. Why are we matching up?"sbobet 789
I was just frustrated, man," Whiteside said of his rant Monday. "I was frustrated that we lost. I really wanted to get that game ... I could have handled it different. But I got so caught up in wanting to get that win. I get real competitive. I really want to be out there. But I just trust coach's decision." Whiteside was fined by the Heat for "comments detrimental to the team" on Sunday. He and Spoelstra had a one-on-one meeting to clear the air.
I talked to him,sbobet 789" Spoelstra told reporters Monday. "We're moving on. It's behind us. You can tell right now by the mood of the gym that's long gone. The only reason we're addressing (it is) out of obligation to all of you because it really is a team matter, a family matter. We're focused on getting the next one and securing our spot in this dance." Saturday marked Whiteside's second game back from a left hip injury that kept him out of the lineup for nine games. He has missed 28 games overall this season because of injuries. Whiteside is averaging 14.1 points to go with team-leading marks in rebounds (11.6 per game) and blocks (1.7). The 28-year-old is the highest-paid player on the Heat at roughly $24 million this season and has approximately $52 million remaining on his four-year, $98 million contract, which includes a player option for $27.1 million in 2019-20. Whiteside is averaging 25.6 minutes this season compared to 32.6 last season. Asked Saturday if the situation has caused him to question his future with Miami, Whiteside replied, "I don't know. Maybe." However, he said Monday that he hopes to remain with the Heat. Nobody ever knows their future," Whiteside said. "There's nothing guaranteed except death. I don't know. You never know. It's a business at the end of the day. Right now, I definitely would like to be here. But the Heat make all the decisions."sbobet 789
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