Heats President Pat Riley did not shy away from the discussion on Hassan Whiteside, saying that the enigmatic center for Miami's postseason series against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers was neither physically nor mentally prepared.
"When we arrived at the playoffs, I do not think he was ready," Riley Montag said, six days after the Heat were eliminated by the Sixers in five games. "He was not in top form, he was not mentally conditioned for a playoff fight, he and we both shook our heads."
Whiteside also has to make big changes and fix his relationship with coach Erik Spoelstra, according to Riley.
Whiteside played only 76 minutes in the five games against Philadelphia and battled Embiid, who despite the first two games scored 18.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game Game had
The 7-foot Whiteside, who has two years on his four-year, $ 98.4 million deal with the Heat, publicly complained about his role and his lack of playing time after Miami's loss in Game 3.  "I will not apologize," Riley said. "But (Whitesides) season started with an injury, and throughout the year there was a dilemma."
Whiteside injured herself during the season and did not want to wear a knee brace on which the Heat passed. Riley also said that if Whiteside and Spoelstra need intervention to solve their relationship problems, they will handle it.
"The break-up between (Whiteside) and Spo, that's going to be a discussion between them and it's going to be thought by the coach and also by Hassan," Riley said. "How is Hassan going to transform his thinking – 99 percent of it to achieve the kind of improvement Spo wants to be effective – how can Spo change his mind when it comes to offense and defense and minutes or whatever ? "  Whiteside, 28, had his worst game of the series in Philadelphia's Serie B knocking victory in Game 5 last Tuesday when he scored only two points in ten minutes.
Spoelstra came in to defend Whiteside three days later during his demise "The Story and the Story" by Whiteside are "unfair".
Information was used by The Associated Press in this report.