Horse Racing

ASK IRA: Did Spoelstra make a needed statement with Whiteside in Cleveland?

ASK IRA: Did Spoelstra make a needed statement with Whiteside in Cleveland?

 

 


December 10, 2016

Q: Anything on Hassan Whiteside being manhandled and quitting on the team? -- Leo.

A: First, I believe that is being a bit too severe. What I don't think was too severe was  Erik Spoelstra yanking Hassan early in the third period, when the defense went from bad to worse. This is what has to be done, and it's a significant part of coaching. It not only sent a message to Whiteside, but also to teammates that anything less than everything will not be tolerated. I said at the start of the season that an 82-game player is going to have about 10 games when he doesn’t have it. That's just...