10 People who turned their back on the Miami Heat

Here are players, a coach, an analyst, and a general manager who we believe "turned their backs" on the Miami Heat organization -- some more than others.

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5. Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside
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  • ​​Years played with the Heat: (2014-2019)
  • Significance of his contribution: Whiteside boasted an unparalleled physical profile, measuring a remarkable 7-foot-7-inch wingspan along with explosive athleticism. These qualities made him a formidable presence on offense and defense.

Former Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside faced boos from Heat fans, expressing genuine confusion postgame. Despite winning the league rebounding title and blocked shots title in Miami, Whiteside wasn't always a fan favorite. Over five seasons, he transformed from an unknown player to a franchise star, signing a lucrative contract in 2016. However, his style didn't align with the modern NBA center, leading to limited playing time and public disagreements with the coaching staff.

Whiteside faced a mixed reception from Heat fans, with some booing him despite his achievements. The center, who led the league in rebounding and blocked shots during his time in Miami, struggled with the perception that he didn't always give his best effort on the court. During his five seasons with the Heat, Whiteside transformed from an unknown player to a key figure, earning a lucrative contract in 2016. However, his style of play, which lacked modern NBA center attributes like speed and shooting range, made it challenging for coach Spoelstra to utilize him effectively. In his final years with the Heat, Whiteside's relationship with the team soured due to injuries and reduced playing time.

Public disputes with Spoelstra and Riley further strained his time in Miami, leading to his eventual trade to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2019. Who can forget Whiteside’s infamous “We Got Shooters” rant on social media after hearing he was being traded from the Heat? His now-famous mantra almost broke the internet at the time. 

Heat supporters were displeased by Whiteside's remarks, prompting some of the team members to subtly criticize the center for his outspoken statements. Since leaving the Heat, Whiteside has played for multiple teams, including the Sacramento Kings, and currently with the Utah Jazz as their backup center.