Mount Holly, NC - Debbie Whiteside thought she was just looking at the house.
Her son, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, took her on a tour of a six-bedroom house in Mount Holly, but then said the realtor might not make it.
"I'm going to have to do something different," Hassan said before handing Debbie the keys to the house, which he had already purchased.
"Really?" Debbie said as she sat on the kitchen island, realizing the home was now hers. "
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"How am I supposed to feel," Debbie said, "when your child gives you something you probably wouldn't be able to get on your own? I love you. Thank you so much."
Whiteside grew up in Gastonia, and attended three different high schools -- Huss, Ashbrook and Forestview. He also played at East Side High School in Newark, NJ, living with his father, and prepped at The Patterson School in Lenoir before going to Marshall University for one season.
The seven-foot center was drafted in the second round by Sacramento in 2010. After playing just 19 games in two seasons with the Kings, Whiteside played in the D-League and internationally before signing with the Miami Heat in 2014.
From there, his career has taken off, and last July he signed a four-year, $98-million contract.