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War of Words: Hassan vs LeBron

The Miami Heat may be struggling to secure wins this season but when we look on the bright side, we’ve got Whiteside. The 25 year-old center has been making waves on and off the court as he’s essentially emerged from the depths of irrelevancy to becoming one of the NBA’s premiere big men. He leads the league in blocks per 48 minutes and currently holds the 3rd highest PER ranking in the NBA, one spot ahead of Kevin Durant. Hassan is the sign of a very bright future for a Miami Heat team that is fighting to remain in the playoff picture.

Recently, the brash young big man had a few choice words for the self-proclaimed “King” when reporters asked him about having to guard Lebron James in their upcoming tilt…

“LeBron’s a good player,” Whiteside said. “I never really played too much against him. I’m not guarding him. Somebody else is pretty much guarding him. I just meet him at the rim.”

Most young players speak only in terms of awe and admiration when commenting on the league’s best, but Whiteside doesn’t seem like a guy who is scared of anyone and he is more than ready for the challenge.

Here is how Lebron responded to the not-so-gracious “praise” by Whiteside

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Since then, Whiteside has been mostly mum towards the media when asked about this miniature war of words. Actions speak louder than words and it looks like he plans to allow his play to do the talking for him.

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Tune in tonight and watch the Heat take on the Cavs in Cleveland and witness the showdown for yourself. The last time these two teams faced off, your Miami Heat came away with a win. Let’s see if we can reciprocate that success tonight at 8:00pm.

Grant Cohen (@GrantCohen)

Hassan Whiteside Highlights and Post-Game Interview – 1/25/15 vs Chicago

Heat Nation we got a new star to be excited about!

He said he wants to get his nba2k rating up and they heard him!

Here are some more highlights of his domination against the bulls today!

Heat Nation: Best Fans in the NBA

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Without a shadow of a doubt, people love to hate Miami and anything that represents our Magic City (thanks Haters for making this site possible). Yet, isn’t it funny that, whatever the reason that fuels their rage, Haters base their arguments only on pure prejudice and spite. We LOVE Miami because, above all else, we base our pride on facts, and the numbers have just proven us correct again. Forbes.com recently published their 2015 List of the NBA’s Best Fans and Heat Nation came in ranked #1. Using five variables–hometown crowd reach, 3 years worth of television ratings, 3 years of arena attendance based on capacity reached, 3 years worth of merchandise sales, and social media reach–Heat Nation demonstrated their faithfulness in a world class organization that not only accurately reflects what Miami stands for but also has permeated South Florida culture from the pastel-colored streets of South Beach to the Cuban bastion of Hialeah, from the artsy hub of Wynwood, to the lazy beaches of Fort Lauderdale.

And to further enrage the Nameless One’s Court of Mindless Followers aka The Bandwagon, Heat Nation’s appreciation for the Heat started well before 2010. Since 2004, Heat team merchandise have been among the most popular with several players being on the top selling jerseys list. Since 2004, Heat Nation ranks among the Top 5 in game attendance and filling the arena to capacity. The Heat’s social media following ranks 3rd among all teams with a reach that extends well beyond the South Florida region. And yes, even without the Nameless One here, the Heat still play in front of capacity crowds, still sell copious amounts of merchandise, and still command a strong presence on the national television scene.

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So the next time a Hater says Heat fans are fickle, bring up how just as recently as last Sunday, the 12th man fans of the Seahawks also walked when they believed their team was going to lose. And if all Heat fans left the AAA at the end of Game 6 then who are those white hot, crazed individuals in the background beholding The Shot?

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And the next time a Hater says Heat fans are few in number, bring up the throngs of people lining Biscayne Blvd. for the THREE Championship Parades.

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And the next time a Hater says Miami fans have no passion, kindly bring up a few examples of the contrary like Banana Man, DJ Irie, Pepe Billete, Rick Ross (and his face tattoo) and the pots and pans banging fans lining the streets after a Heat Championship.

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Because in the end, we live in America’s paradise, we walk the walk AND talk the talk, we carry ourselves with elegance and arrogance, we are Miami, we are HEAT NATION!

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