BIRTH NAME: Hassan Niam Whiteside
BIRTHDAY: June 13th, 1989
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Gemini
Whiteside played college ball at Marshall University, where he was a Conference USA Freshman of the year and Second-team All-Conference USA.
If Whiteside wasn’t a basketball player, he told the Miami Heat, he would be a NASCAR driver.
Math was his favorite subject in school.
His first big purchase as an NBA player was a 2010 Escalade.
Whiteside’s parents are Hasson Arbubakrr and Debbie Whiteside. His father played in the NFL from 1983 to 1984 for the Vikings and the Buccaneers.
Pushing Through Adversity
To say Whiteside has bounced around, and in and out of the league, would be an understatement.
After the Sacramento Kings selected him as the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 draft and later waived him, Whiteside floated through the D-League and overseas.
He made a stop in Lebanon in 2013, but just two games in, his teammates started a fight with the opposing team and the season was canceled. So Whiteside went to the Chinese NBL.
Here’s a quick look at the various teams Whiteside has played for at one time or another:
2012–13 Sioux Falls Skyforce
2013 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2013 Amchit Club
2013 Sichuan Blue Whales
2013–14 Al Mouttahed Tripoli
2014 Jiangsu Tongxi
2014 Iowa Energy
2014–19 Miami Heat
2014 Sioux Falls Skyforce
Quickly Becoming A Portlander
Just days after the reports came out that Whiteside was signing with the Portland Trail Blazers; Whiteside started giving back to his new community.
In a series of videos shared on Instagram, Whiteside was seen handing out Voodoo doughnuts to people on the streets, while shouting, “Go Portland, Go Blazers! We got shooters!”
"You get some Voodoo Doughnuts. I got like three dozen," Whiteside said. "Giving them out to the city! We giving them out to the city, man. We sharing love, man. More love, man. We don't do the hate, my man. Less hate, man.”
Love For Koi Fish
In an interview with The Ringer back in October of 2018, Whiteside shared more about his personal life.
A big part of his everyday life is his fishpond. It’s easy to see Whiteside’s love of fish, particularly Koi fish from reading the article.
Here is an excerpt from The Ringer article by Haley O’Shaughnessy:
We’re crouched down in his front yard in Miami Beach, sweating into a pond of 40 koi fish. “Come here, OGs,” Whiteside says, touching the water. Like him, they’re strikingly oversized, a group of orange and black and white koi all longer than my forearm. His Snapchat followers (who he also talks to, several times a day) know them well. “They’re more famous than me, man,” he says, wiping water off on his worn-in brown tank top. Whiteside’s been in Miami since the Heat signed him in November 2014, but his drawl—the kind that acts as a thickening agent for vowels and turns “man” from one syllable to two—comes from Gastonia, North Carolina, his hometown.
All 40 fish have a name. Whiteside names everything: The planter in the backyard (Man of Ultimate Wisdom), the bust made of Canadian pennies in the living room. Every name has an explanation, and every explanation has deeper meaning. Which he shares with me, one by one. (The bust is Penny. Name. Sure, a penny itself is worthless, but thousands of pennies together aren’t, especially the Canadian penny, because it’s discontinued. Explanation. Isn’t that beautiful? And, Whiteside smiles, what’s more beautiful than the human body? Meaning. Deep.)
So yes, to answer my question, the fish are individuals. Together he calls them the OGs. He knows what I’m thinking, but it’s short for Old Guys. “They can live to be 140. Don’t matter how much shit they swim through,” Whiteside explains as we walk the stairs of his all-white waterfront home, “they keep swimming.”
Throwback To A Day In The Life Of Hassan Whiteside
Seven years ago, the Sacramento Kings posted a video to their Youtube page as they followed Whiteside around for a day.
From breakfast to working out at the Kings practice facility to figuring out what goes in his protein shake to taking a tour through his condo to getting a haircut to checking out a fish store for his growing aquarium – it was an all-access look.
Check out Whiteside's routine in Sacramento with this throwback video: