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Friday's Heat News: Spoelstra commends Williams' efforts to improve on defense

Hassan Whiteside: 'I'm a great passer. I just have to show you all.': There were times sitting court side last season when you could hear Hassan Whiteside pleading with the official scorer's table to credit him with an assist. There was a reason. Among the 69 centers in the league to play in at least 50 games last season, Whiteside tied for 61st with 29 total assists in 73 games. That of course was an improvement over the six assists he posted in 48 games his first season with the Heat. -- The Miami Herald

Former No. 2 overall pick Williams hoping to finally make his mark with the Heat: The 2011 NBA Draft might go down as one of the best in recent memory with Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Isaiah Thomas among the game’s bright young stars to come out of that class. Derrick Williams, taken with the No. 2 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in that draft, would love to finally make his mark with the Heat. -- The Miami Herald

Dragic laughs off Wade calling Rondo best point he's played with: The day after Dwayne Wade called current Chicago Bulls teammate Rajon Rondo the best point guard he has played alongside, Goran Dragic decided the best response at Miami Heat training camp was a smile and a laugh. "No," Dragic said of perhaps being bothered by such web fodder. "I mean, of course, he's his teammate." -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Hassan Whiteside's personal forecast? 'I'll get the ball more': For coach Erik Spoelstra, it starts with teaching, as it did again during Thursday's third day of Miami Heat training camp at the Atlantis resort. For center Hassan Whiteside, it starts with something far simpler -- the ball in his hands. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel