Coach Spoelstra and Hassan Whiteside

Written by: Ira Winderman

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday that concerns about a severe disconnect with center Hassan Whiteside not only are overblown but that the two have been in contact on a regular basis this offseason.

“I have absolutely been in touch with Hassan,” Spoelstra said after taking in a Heat summer-league practice at a Las Vegas high school. “We’ve gotten together for lunch, in constant contact on the phone and in texts.”

In the wake of Spoelstra’s limited usage of Whiteside during both the regular season and playoffs, Heat President Pat Riley said at season’s end, “There has to be an intervention and I’m going to be the intervener. That’s real.”

Riley subsequently dialed back the verbiage after last month’s NBA draft, noting, “You move on and you make the best of it. I think that’s where we are right now.”