Knicks Tried Hack-A-Whiteside, But Kristaps Porzingis Was Too Slow To Catch Him (Video)
Last season, after bouncing around the D-League and various overseas basketball organizations for four years, Hassan Whiteside found a home in the NBA with the Miami Heat. Now, in just his second season in South Beach, Whiteside has blossomed into a weapon on both sides of the ball, averaging 14.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, and an amazing 4.8 blocks per game. Teams are even starting to employ a “hack-a-Whiteside” strategy to prevent him from beating them from the floor.
That’s what the Knicks did on Monday. Trailing the Heat by 13 with about three and a half minutes left to play, they decided to institute the hack-a-Whiteside in hopes of exploiting his .534 free throw percentage (third-worst in the NBA) to preserve the clock.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, though, in order to hack-a-Whiteside, you have to be able to catch-a-Whiteside. And it turns out that this was something rookie big man Kristaps Porzingis simply could not do.
Take a look:
Here’s a helpful tip for other teams considering the Hack-a-Whiteside strategy: make sure the guy guarding Whiteside isn’t 7’3″ and slow as molasses.