Those guys down in Miami on 790 The Ticket refer to Hassan Whiteside as “Wiltside.” Whiteside is a blessing that arrived in Miami after 29 other teams passed him up. Given his injury history you can’t blame them.

But given his resume of being a defensive beast you had to know someone was going to listen. Pat Riley is a genius when it comes to picking up guys nobody else gave a chance. Pat has done it again by giving Whiteside an opportunity to shine in a tryout and here we are today.

The 7 footer is a young, quick, energetic player who has put in the hard work with mentor and former Heat Center Alonzo Mourning. So far it has payed off.