Friday Facts: Hassan Whiteside

Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon
by Joe Beguiristain
HEAT.com

Hassan Whiteside sat down with HEAT.com after a recent practice to discuss his off-court interests and other things people may not know about him.

Who was your favorite player growing up?

Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan and Shaq.

What is a moment in your life that shaped you?

Going second round in the NBA Draft.

What’s your most memorable high school or AAU game?

Being down 25 my junior year and I told them, ‘We’re not going to lose this game.’ We came back in the fourth quarter.

Was it a playoff game or a championship game?

One of the playoff games.

What’s your favorite TV Show or Movie?

Family Guy.

What would you be if you weren’t a basketball player?

NASCAR driver.

Really?

Listen: NASCAR driver, boxer and then chef.

Who are the top three musicians in your rotation?

Drake, J. Cole and Jay-Z.

Whose playing style do you think you most model your game after?

I just got a mixture. Maybe David Robinson, probably.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Video games.

What is your favorite type of food?

I don’t have one. There are too many.

What is your favorite workout/drill?

Shooting drills.

What was your favorite subject in school?

Math.

What is your favorite sport outside of basketball?

Is video games a sport? Some people get paid for it.

Actually, that’s true.

Video games.

What was your most memorable experience on the court as a professional basketball player?

When I set the first triple-double with blocks in HEAT history [against the Bulls].

What would you like to do once your playing career is over?

Relax on an island, man. I don’t want to be a coach or nothing. Just relax.

What was the first thing you bought once you received your first NBA check?

A car.

Which one did you get?

2010 Escalade.

What was your most unusual experience with a fan?

I’ll be signing their arms, signing their shoes and all kinds of crazy stuff.

What was your ‘Welcome to the NBA’ moment?

The Bulls game. [When he got his triple-double with blocks.]

Who are three historical figures you’d like to have lunch with?

Martin Luther King, Tupac and Warren Buffet.

What is your favorite car that you've ever owned?

Mercedes S-Class.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Swimming.

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