HASSAN WHITESIDE

“I never aimed for the money. Before I came to the NBA last [season], per year, I would have made more going to China than on my Miami Heat contract. If I went, I might have just stayed in China. I wasn’t chasing the dollars, though. I was chasing the dream of becoming an amazing NBA player. All of that comes, obviously. The contract, the fame. Even before I knew anything about money, I was a little kid and I didn’t know how much these players made. I wanted that – to be on TV, to have people looking up to me.

JUSTISE WINSLOW

From Pat Riley:

“He has an upside that could be incredible and what mitigates his rawness is his maturity. He can handle any adversity that’s going on with his shooting or with his position or where he plays or how he plays. He has shown he has the one thing that we knew he did: That intrinsic inner motivation and character. And that’s why a lot of other teams wanted him.”

HASSAN WHITESIDE

“A lot of times I’m not going to have a ton of rebounds or a ton of blocks or a ton of scoring every night. But if we got a win, it was a good game for us.

From Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra:

“He’s starting to understand how much of an impact he can make. Sometimes it’s not the statistics everybody notices. But you felt his presence in this game. That was the most important thing.”

From teammate Goran Dragic:

“He’s our anchor in the paint. Every time somebody penetrates he’s going to be there. When he does that, we can pressure more. When you pressure, then the guys can go by you sometimes and then you have big fella behind your back who is going to protect you. That’s that trust I was talking about before. If everybody is on the same page, then we’re tough to beat.”

From teammate Chris Bosh:

“Just because you don’t show up in the stat sheet doesn’t mean you weren’t an important piece for wins. We all have to remember that, and if it’s not our night, we just keep doing what we’re doing, keep playing defense, keep getting second chances and live with it. He can’t lose sight of that. As long as we get the win, that’s what’s most important.”

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Erik Spoelstra on Goran Dragic:
“I like seeing guys go through a struggle to see how they respond, and he responded in a very positive way. I think it was great to see him show some character when the chips are not going your way. You can grind through it and help your team.”
 
Chris Bosh on Dragic:
“The struggle, it happens. You can either keep fighting it or you can kind of let it get to you. If you see it affecting a teammate, just say something. Guys have to know that we have confidence in him every time he’s on the court. He’s our point guard and he needs to play well, and we’re going to encourage him to do that.