Spoelstra: Whiteside Leaving Bench Early Is “Unacceptable”

In last night’s loss to the Magic, Heat center Hassan Whiteside left the bench early during the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and did not return. Per ESPN, head coach Erik Spoelstra was not given an explanation at the time, surmising that Whiteside was “probably extremely upset like we all are.”

However, teammate Dwyane Wade provided a more detailed explanation, telling reporters that Whiteside simply left the bench area to return to the locker room early because he had to go to the bathroom, which Whiteside confirmed today, per David Furones of the Sun-Sentinel.

“I didn’t know it was going to be as big of a deal as it was. I couldn’t hold it. My stomach was bothering me,” Whiteside said. I had to go to the bathroom. I’m sorry if that makes me a bad guy.”

Despite Whiteside’s explanation, Spoelstra apparently still wasn’t happy, perhaps not believing that the center’s absence was completely caused by stomach issues. Per Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, Whiteside was disciplined internally.

“It’s totally unacceptable behavior by Hassan,” Spoelstra said. “We handled it, as a team, in the locker room today. That’s all any of you need to know.”

Whiteside, who averaged just 25.3 minutes per game last season, his lowest since his first season with the Heat in 2014/15, has so far logged a similar 26.9 minutes per game this season. However, both his rebound and block numbers are up, with his 13.7 RPG good enough for third in the NBA behind Andre Drummond and DeAndre Jordan.

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19 thoughts on “Spoelstra: Whiteside Leaving Bench Early Is “Unacceptable”

  1. ChiTownFanTilDeath

    If I had to “go” that bad, I would have been in a bit of a hurry as I left the court. He appears to be in no rush for any reason other than to get away from the game.

    • marshmallowman

      well that settles it. everyone has the same mannerisms as ChiTownFanTilDeath

    • Dodgethis

      Or else he is away that if he s out there cameras are always watching and guys tend to stay composed when they know they are being watched.

  2. NOPelicanFangirl696969

    Unfortunately miami is being ran terribly, whiteside balled out in the first quarter then barely got to touch the ball the rest of the game. Spoelstra is purposely keeping the ball from him then just sitting him for the second half. Miami needs to either trade whiteside or fire spoelstra imo hes a terrible coach

    • NOPelicanFangirl696969

      Whiteside getting 20 minutes when trash players like Olynyk and Tyler johnson getting 30 lmao joke of a coach

      • formerlyz

        You’re obviously not watching the same Hassan Whiteside I do, and anyone that watches this team does, every night. Either that or you think he has totally different abilities than he has.

        • x%sure

          Had to check the box score for the Florida matchup of teams moving in opposite directions. Heat led at half, Magic ruled the 3rd. Whiteside 24′, 3blocks, 9rebs, 6 for 7 meaning he should have seen the ball more.

          On the other hand, the Orlando bigs dominated Miami’s– +31, +28, +17. I can see Whiteside mad about Orlando servicing their bigs more, preventing him from keeping up, and Spoelstra mad about his effort and results.

          • formerlyz

            Whiteside always gets destroyed by Vucevic. Admittedly, his numbers were better last night, but he has been terrible all season. Percentages are way down, and he is in the middle of a massive drought at the ft line. I dont care about counting stats as much as everything else I always talk about, and he hasnt been any better in any of those areas really. If only he wasnt such a black hole and would actually pass the ball, maybe he wouldn’t be a turnover machine in the post, and he would get more touches. He also is an issue defensively, which is an even bigger deal

            If Whiteside came off the bench, as Valanciunas does, he would be so much better, and the team would be better. As I’ve said, he had his best year off the bench behind Amare, which got him paid. I’d like to see more James Johnson at the 5 in some lineups, and I would play matchups to determine the starter at the 5. When Rochardson, Winslow, and Bam are in the same lineup, the Heat net rating is really good, so that’s something to consider

            Still the main issue everyone always ignores over these last couple of years is health. This is the only team I never see anyone acknowledging that they’re going through injuries, and they arguably miss the most games due to injury every year recently. It would be different if it were 1 or 2 guys, but it has been the whole team each of the last few years. This team has a chance to finally be healthy soon, so I’d like to see how that goes

        • NOPelicanFangirl696969

          Put whiteside with any other coach hes 20x better, spoelstra is wasting him, when your best player is getting 20 minutes and a bunch of garbage role players are getting 30+ there is a problem

  3. Reflect

    The Heat have continuously looked like a trainwreck ever since LeBron left.

  4. nsideindy

    I’m sure if he had just given the coaches the courtesy of letting them know what was going on before he left, all would have been OK. Whiteside may not be a bad guy…but he’s not a smart guy.

  5. Z-A

    I can see Whiteside in a Kings uniform. Same as Porter. Whiteside > WCS who you’ll have to pay next year something along the lines of 4/50-60. Clear out some space on the roster. Use ZBo, Shumpert, McLemore, Koufos, and WCS to get an efficient Big that’s better defensively and in need of a change of scenery. Bagley needs to play 34-36 mpg. You drafted this kid for a reason – C & PF. Giles is still a project. Move on from Skal, J Jackson too.

    Whiteside – Bagley – Porter – Hield – Fox
    Bagley – Bjelica – Porter – Hield – Fox

  6. Spoelstra is the one who is inexcusable leaving out of the forth his best player, that guy knows nothing of basketball, Whiteside would thrive in so many other teams, Miami is wasting him away, while many other bad players like Olynyk, the Johnson’s & so on play so much more

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