It's one thing saying the Jazz shouldn't draft him, but it's another thing to say Monroe isn't a first round draft choice. Zach Randolph isn't athletic at all, but if he had any sort of a brain to keep things together, he would have been a multi-all-star like player.
NBADraft.net: You've been working out with Hakeem Olajuwon, what kind of things has he been working on with you?
Hassan Whiteside: Defensively, foot work. Helping with my back to the basket. Really playing lower and stronger.
NBADraft.net: How much time have you spent with him?
Hassan Whiteside: For about a week. Doing one on one in Houston.
NBADraft.net: What made you decide to enter the draft this year?
Hassan Whiteside: My family, financially and the fact that my coaches left the school.
NBADraft.net: What was it like playing in Huntington, West Virginia (at Marshall)?
Hassan Whiteside: It was cold. it was a real quiet place. Not that many people. But they really support their basketball. I don't really party, so there wasn't a whole lot to do there.
NBADraft.net: Did a potential lockout factor into your decision to turn pro?
Hassan Whiteside: Probably like 10%.
NBADraft.net: You went to Chicago recently for the combine, with the main idea being for the interviews. Talk a little bit about that process.
Hassan Whiteside: It was really fun. A lot of the GMs and scouts have great personalities, so it was a lot of fun talking to them. It was a lot of interviews, like 8 or 9 in one day.
NBADraft.net: What kind of questions did they ask?
Hassan Whiteside: Just like stuff about my family. And about gaining weight. Stuff like that.
NBADraft.net: You got 12 reps on the bench press at 185 lbs. Did that surprise you or did you know you could do that?
Hassan Whiteside: I knew I could do that. I'm stronger than I look.
NBADraft.net: How do the workouts with Frank (Matrisciano) compare to workouts you have done before?
Hassan Whiteside: They're a lot harder. He does a lot more outside stuff, working with weight bags. it's hard work.
NBADraft.net: Talk a little bit about Daniel Orton.
Hassan Whiteside: He's really physical. Uses his weight well. He can block shots.
NBADraft.net: Who do you compare yourself to? And what do you make of our Marcus Camby comparison for you?
Hassan Whiteside: Oh man! I don't think I play anything like Marcus Camby. I'd compare myself more to a shot blocking KG.
NBADraft.net: Best of luck to you in upcoming draft!
No doubt he will make awkward offense plays. But he is going embarrass people by blocking their shot over and over again too.