Apparently, they did.
The Miami HEAT announced today that center Hassan Whiteside will begin rehab immediately due to a left knee bone bruise. The rehab process will include a strength and conditioning program over the next one-to-two weeks.
Whiteside said he won’t play again “until it’s totally healed. Wait until I’m totally 100 percent.”
“I don’t want to come back and be a watered down Hassan and people looking at me crazy like what’s wrong with Hassan?” he said. “Why isn’t he playing at this level or whatever? I don’t want to even risk that.’
The Heat started rookie Bam Adebayo in Whiteside’s first game out, leaving Kelly Olynyk in his reserve role. They’ll miss Whiteside’s rebounding and rim protection, though at least Olynyk provides more offensive versatility and could be in line for a bigger role.
Miami (10-11) has gotten off to a sluggish start, but the playoffs are still within reach. This obviously doesn’t help build momentum, though.