MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside’s comments about DeAndre Jordan have gone viral and now Whiteside is attempting to make nice to the man he will do battle against tonight when the Clippers and Heat face off at 8 p.m.
Whiteside is accusing the media of “trying to look for a story” while also tweeting at Jordan, calling him his “guy” and one of the top centers in the league.
But Whiteside was given three chances to compliment Jordan yesterday. Here is the full transcript with the questions:
Q: When you go against a guy like DeAndre tomorrow who’s a little bit similar to you, does that make it easier to guard him because he’s going for the ally-oops, he’s going for the blocks, that he has sort of similar instincts to you? Is it easier to play someone like that or at least to sort of understand his mindset out there?
HW: “It don’t really matter to me who I’m guarding. I just come out here and just play. He catches lobs. He has CP3 as a point guard, a great North Carolina point guard I like to add.”
Q: Don’t you against certain guys feel you have to step up to more of a challenge? I’m sure when other guys are guarding whether it’s LeBron or Melo or someone that knows that night is more of a challenge. Wouldn’t be the same with you with a DeAndre Jordan or just when you have to guard an elite guy, first team All-NBA last season?
HW: “Not to me. I kind of just compete against myself. I don’t really pay attention to any other centers. I’m still trying to beat 12 blocks. I don’t see any other centers. I just complete against Whiteside every day. I’m going to try to outdo myself last game.”
Q: You think he is like you?
HW: “No. He catches lobs. I shoot jumpers, catch lobs, block shots. I do a lot. He just catches lobs.