The always entertaining Miami Heat color analyst Tony Fiorentino had some glowing praise for Hassan Whiteside this morning on the Joe Rose Show after the Heat torched the Charlotte Hornets to take a 2-0 series lead last night.
“Let’s put it this way: In my mind I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the NBA,” Fiorentino said.”Any center in the league. I think with his upside and how old he is, and the situation he’s in, with the guys that he’s around, with this coaching staff and everything that goes with it. I think he fits in perfectly with the philosophy and style of the Heat. He’s shown how much he has grown since the beginning of the year.
“To me, I just think I wouldn’t want anybody else at the center position.”
It’s not certain if he meant any player in the NBA or just at the center position, as he later qualified, but Tony is ALL-IN on Whiteside, who is not only averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks on 90-percent shooting in his first two career playoff games, but he’s killing it in the hustle categories as well.
Whiteside dominated the "hustle stats" tonight: 4 screen assists, 2 loose balls, 2 deflections and 21 shots contested — all team-highs.
— Josh Baumgard (@joshbaumgard) April 21, 2016
Pat Riley can’t let him go this summer.