Hassan Whiteside did not suit up for the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena as they fell short against the visiting Charlotte Hornets on a preseason opener. The 7’0 center as reported by the Sun Sentinel pulled his right calf prior to the commencement of last Tuesday’s training camp which has kept him in the sidelines. Read on for more details.
Whiteside suffered the injury on a Friday but was ecstatic that he will only be missing the exhibition games. He will be back in the starting lineup once the regular season starts in Oct. 28, 2015. The Heat will again have a rematch with the Charlotte Hornets which floored them with a 90-77 win.
“I feel better than what I did a week ago,” Whiteside said.
The Marshall Thundering Herd standout revealed his condition during a locker room interview prior to the opener as he is still undergoing rehabilitation.
“It’s preseason, so it’s really not a race like we’re in the Finals or something,” Whiteside explained.
The NBA D-League veteran Whiteside had a breakout season during his first year with the Heat averaging 11.8 points, 2.6 blocks and 10.1 boards per game. Whiteside, dubbed as “The Big Day Off” by his teammates, finished fourth in polls during last season’s Most Improved Player Award.
With Whiteside out, the 12-year veteran Miami-native Udonis Haslem took on the vacated spot of the starting roster which included Luol Deng, Goran Dragic, Dwayne Wade, and the returning Chris Bosh.
However, it was the new faces that made a mark on the score sheet for the Heat as reported by Hot Hot Hoops.
In their inaugural spell wearing the white on red uniform, veteran journeyman Amare Stoudemire was a revelation as he revved up his gas to dished-out 12 points. Former Phoenix Suns’ swingman Gerald Green added the same numbers as they both came off the bench. Wade managed to contribute five rebounds in the preseason loss.
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