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:
Actually, hasn't. Told me pregame it is one of several nicknames he is considering as finalists. There's still time. https://t.co/myAR4HgHKZ— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) March 23, 2016
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.