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Team president Pat Riley expressed his belief Monday that the center wasn’t ready for the postseason mentally or physically, per Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
Whiteside averaged 5.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in the first-round loss.
“He’s going to have to do something to change, because he’s a hell of a player,” Riley said, per Reynolds.
After signing a four-year, $98 million contract ahead of the 2016-17 season, Whiteside responded with 17.0 points and a league-leading 14.1 rebounds per game, both of which were career highs. He took a step back this season, although his 14.0 points and 11.4 rebounds per game w