Gastonia native Hassan Whiteside didn’t achieve immediate success in the NBA, but the rewards lately have been massive.
Whiteside signed a four-season, $98 million contract last summer to keep playing for the Miami Heat. Now he is reportedly using some of those funds to buy his mother quite a home.
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports Whiteside is moving his mother, Debbie, into a six-bedroom house in Mount Holly.
“All your dreams are fulfilled as a parent when your child gives you something that you know you’ll probably never be able to get in your lifetime on your own,” his mother said on video posted in Whiteside’s social media.
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“He told me he was going to get me a house one day, and nobody can take it. I guess he did that.
“I love you. Thank you, son. You made me very happy today.”
Whiteside’s mother worked multiple jobs while Hassan grew up. He drew major attention at Marshall for averaging more than five blocked shots. He played one college season for the Thundering Herd before applying for the NBA draft, and was taken in the second round in 2010 by the Sacramento Kings.
Whiteside played just 15 games over two seasons with the Kings before playing internationally and in the NBA Development League for two seasons. He sometimes worked out in pickup games at the Dowd YMCA in uptown Charlotte.
His career changed dramatically when the Heat signed him three seasons ago. Last season, Whiteside averaged 17 points and an NBA-best 14.1 rebounds.
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