Hassan Whiteside is an enigma.
The seven-footer is a rebounding and shot-blocking machine yet the team has fared better with the menacing big man on the bench, as Miami New Times pointed out, something he took personally, asking his Instagram followers, “What is the reason to post dum shit like this? That post was since deleted.
Today, in admitting he has to do a better job with criticism, he might’ve opened up another can, comparing himself in a way to Jesus, because even he absorbs criticism.
One thing we know for sure about Whiteside is he’s perpetually entertaining. He’ll always have that. The full transcript of his comments from today are below, via the Palm Beach Post.
How do you decide whether to engage or not?
“Just when people tell half the story. I know y’all been big on my defensive rating when I’m on the court. It was a lot better in January. It’s just when people tell half the story. Tell the truth. If you’re gonna tell the story, tell it right.”
Do you ever regret getting into these social media spats?
“I’ve gotta do a better job of leaving that alone. I’m always gonna be criticized. Nobody’s not criticized. Jesus is criticized. Nobody’s above that. There’s always gonna be people saying negative things toward you.”
Dwyane Wade often makes fun of himself when people come at him.
“I do it sometimes, but it’s frustrating sometimes because I take pride in defense. For somebody to say that I’m making a team worse with my defense, that don’t make sense to me. That’s why I had to say something. A lot of people don’t tell the whole story.”
Does it play into this that people never paid much attention to you before last season?
“I guess it’s the shot blocking. When you block a lot of shots, I guess it draws a lot of attention. People try to nitpick at your game, and I feel like it’s a lot more this year than it was last year. A lot of people try to find the negative in your game.”