Heat's Hassan Whiteside says he's still deciding on a nickname

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside appears to be breaking the first rule of nicknames: you can't choose your own. The status of his nickname selection appears to be in question, however.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Miami Herald's Ethan Skolnick reported that Whiteside, who is averaging 3.8 blocks, wants to be called "Agent Block." Mere hours later, before the Heat's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman reported that this was premature:

I'm glad he's not going with "Agent Block" because that is truly an awful nickname. Also, I wonder what the other finalists are. 

It's worth noting that Heat president Pat Riley doesn't exactly know what to call Whiteside, either.

"I think they call him Blockology or Blocktopus or some new name now," Riley said on Sunday, via the Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser

Not sure where those ones came from. "Blockology" is even worse than "Agent Block," but "Blocktopus" is hilarious. Please imagine Riley referring to Whiteside as "Blocktopus" at a press conference to announce his maximum contract in July.

Fear the Blocktopus!  (USATSI)
Fear the Blocktopus! (USATSI)

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