April 30, 2018, 2:04 pmHassan WhitesideC, Miami Heat
Pat Riley touched on the Hassan Whiteside situation in Monday's exit interview, saying, "By the time we got to the playoffs, I don't think he was ready."
Riley added, "He wasn't ready. He wasn't in great shape. He wasn't fully conditioned for a playoff battle mentally. He and we got our heads handed to us." He also added that Whiteside's season was a bit disjointed due to injury problems, so it's not like Riley was just taking his starting center to task. Whiteside and Erik Spoelstra hit some rough patches in their relationship this year and Riley volunteered to step in and help those two get on the same page but ultimately put the onus on Whiteside to bounce back while adding to his game. "How does he make himself effective? To do the things he needs to do — defend, rebound, shot blocking, all of those things that he did that we fell in love with the first year, second year? He had a bad year this year." We'll see how the temperamental center responds with rumors of his placement on the trade block already swirling.
Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel