Heat center Hassan Whiteside, shown defending Thunder star Kevin Durant, leads the NBA in blocked shots. But when opponents go with a small lineup, he becomes a liability.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside, shown defending Thunder star Kevin Durant, leads the NBA in blocked shots. But when opponents go with a small lineup, he becomes a liability. Joe Skipper AP
Heat center Hassan Whiteside, shown defending Thunder star Kevin Durant, leads the NBA in blocked shots. But when opponents go with a small lineup, he becomes a liability. Joe Skipper AP

Ethan J. Skolnick: In new-age NBA, Heat’s Hassan Whiteside doesn’t always fit in

December 08, 2015 10:49 PM

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About Ethan J. Skolnick

Ethan J. Skolnick

@EthanJSkolnick

Ethan J. Skolnick, who has spent the past two decades covering sports in South Florida, returns to The Herald to spearhead the coverage of the Heat. In addition to his previous two-year stint at the Herald (2000-2002), Ethan has worked at The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post and most recently, was a Senior NBA Writer for Turner Sports/Bleacher Report. He hosts the "The Ethan Skolnick Show" on 790 The Ticket, every day from 4-7 p.m., and is the co-author of two books, Innovative State and Raising Your Game. A graduate of Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale (Class of 1990), he earned his B.A. at The Johns Hopkins University and his M.S. from Columbia University.