Miami Heat captains Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Udonis Haslem counseled Hassan Whiteside and addressed his level of effort after the star center was benched for nearly the entire second half of Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors. Whiteside played just 16 minutes in the 97-80 loss and was pulled 73 seconds into the second half after Golden State's Zaza Pachulia made an uncontested layup while Whiteside was arguing with an official. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra referred to the move as a "coach's decision," but Miami's three captains discussed the situation with Whiteside after the game with reporters. "Sometimes you just don't have it," Dragic said, according to the Miami Herald. "[Whiteside] admitted, 'Hey guys, I let you down.' Look, we're here to help him. He's on our team. He's our player. We love him and this is the only thing that matters." Spoelstra said that the benching is "nothing bigger, more than that -- this is one game." "He understands how important he is to our ballclub, to play at high level, high-energy level," Spoelstra said. "And so we'll move on." Whiteside did not sound as if he agreed with Spoelstra and said he did not know how much he will play Wednesday in Miami's next game against the Phoenix Suns.
Heat captains counsel Hassan Whiteside after second-half benching
ESPN | Nov 7