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Hassan Whiteside: 'I can shoot 75% from free-throw line'

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside claims that he can shoot 75% from the free-throw line after going 0-9 in a pre-season game at the weekend.

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has made a bold claim by suggesting that he can be successful on 75% of his free throws this season.

Whiteside was in pre-season action for the first time on Saturday, recording 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks in a 105-100 win over the Houston Rockets.

An impressive line of statistics could have been even better had the 26-year-old not missed all nine of his free throws, but he is confident that that side of his game will improve.

"I think I'm [going to] shoot like around 75, or 75 or above, or at least over 70. That's really a goal for me. Pat Riley kind of was the first person to say, 'I think that should be one of your goals for this year' and I really worked on it a lot," Whiteside told the Miami Herald.

Heat start the season at home to the Charlotte Hornets next Wednesday.

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Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat saves the ball from going out of bounds during a game against the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena on February 28, 2015
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