Hassan Whiteside appreciates that part of this journey. But he also would like to clarify one aspect: He's not a rookie, at least in terms of NBA designation. No matter, teammate Dwyane Wade said. "I still think he's a rookie," Wade observed. "I call him 'rook.' " It's an honest mistake, considering this reset after two seasons out of the league. That includes having to arrive for practices 90 minutes before teammates, often showing up for work when the rest of his teammates have the day off. There was another NBA career for the 2010 second-round pick out of Marshall, 19 games over two seasons with the Sacramento Kings that were as nondescript as the team the shot-blocking center played for.