Miami Heat surprise story Hassan Whiteside has been suspended for Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets for his elbow to the back of Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk.
You can find the hit here, but it’s an act that’s turning Whiteside’s story sour. Whiteside’s surprise success topped even the flash-in-a-pan success that Jeremy Lin saw in New York. But Whiteside was ejected after an altercation with Phoenix Suns center Alex Len, and now there’s this.
Dwyane Wade called out Whiteside after last night’s antics.
Via Triangle Offense:
“He’s had enough veteran advice. There comes a time where you have to do it yourself” Wade said. “There’s only so many words people can continue to say to you. You gotta do it. Not for you, you got to do it for the other guys you see in here sacrificing — that you see out there playing hurt and all the things you see going on. You’re part of a team. You’re part of an organization.
“We all have our moments, selfish moments, but you can’t continue to keep having them because you got to be reliable, and you got to be able to be counted on. And right now, if he continues to act that way, then he’s not reliable.”
Whiteside showed some remorse today after the incident. Take it however genuine you’d like:
Whiteside: “I feel terrible about it. Probably the worst 12 hours of my life.”
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) March 10, 2015
The Heat are currently in the middle of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. Whiteside’s absence on the court no-doubt hurts their chances. Even against Brooklyn.