Friday Facts: Hassan Whiteside
Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon
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?
What would you be if you weren’t a basketball player?
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?
What is your favorite type of food?
I don’t have one. There are too many.
What is your favorite workout/drill?
What was your favorite subject in school?
What is your favorite sport outside of basketball?
Is video games a sport? Some people get paid for it.
Actually, that’s true.
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?
Which one did you get?
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?
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?