Hassan Whiteside is a man who’s about to get paid, averaging 18.5 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks on 62-percent shooting since the All-Star break, all the while executing the little things he was flaking on in the past.

It’s just a matter of whether he gets his $20-plus million from the Miami Heat or someone else.

Yet his most impressive trait might be his quote game, which continues to be as potent as his rim protection, as he compares himself to Rocky going up against “the Russian,” per the Palm Beach Post.

“I kinda hoped it’d be like this, but I never thought they’d be talking about the free agency numbers and all that stuff like they are,” he said. “That all happened really quick.

“The preparation took so long, but my time here has been quick. When you’ve been training like Rocky, when it’s finally time to fight the Russian, you ready. When I got my Heat contract, it was time to fight the Russian.”

Never change, Hassan.