Erik Spoelstra: Hassan Whiteside exhibited ‘unacceptable behavior’ by leaving bench
Erik Spoelstra called out Hassan Whiteside Wednesday, saying the center exhibited “unacceptable behavior” by leaving the Miami Heat’s bench before the end of Tuesday’s 105-90 loss to the Orlando Magic.
Spolestra added in his comments Wednesday that any discipline for Whiteside leaving the bench with 40.5 seconds remaining in the game would be handled internally.
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“It’s totally unacceptable behavior by Hassan,” Spoelstra said, via the Sun-Sentinel. “We handled it as a team in the locker room today.”
Dwyane Wade indicated following Tuesday’s loss that Whiteside did indeed have to use the restroom. Spoelstra, on the other hand, hinted that perhaps more was going on with Whiteside.
“Everybody, if they’re angry, frustrated, pissed, funnel it into the team until we get the changes that we want right now,” Spoelstra said. “That’s it. We have enough to be able to push this thing forward the way we want to. This lack of consistency is killing us right now.”
On Wednesday, Whiteside defended his abrupt departure by sticking to the established storyline, insisting it all had to do with restroom emergency.
“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. “Maybe I would’ve just – I don’t know – I would’ve tried to hold even longer. I don’t know. I tried to hold it as long as I could.
“But I had to go to the bathroom. I’m sorry if that makes me a bad guy.”
Things have not gone as planned in Miami this season. The Heat are off to a 9-14 start to the season and occupy the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference. Whiteside and the Heat have had issues in the past, and the parties will have to get back on the same page again if the team hopes to turn around their season.