Hassan Hassan Hassan is making progress in his rehabilitation from a hip injury, and the former NBA star is looking to become a full-time worker again.
The Heat have not been particularly aggressive in their hiring process in the past two years, and Hassan is one of the few players the organization has brought on the roster with the intention of making them a fulltime part of the team.
The former NBA forward played in just 17 games for the Heat this season and was waived after being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves last year.
Hassan, who had a career-high 30 points and eight assists against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night, is in a better spot financially now than he was a year ago, and his desire to get back into the NBA and contribute to the Heat’s success is making him stronger and more confident about his future.
Hassan said he had been focusing on getting better during his rehabilitation process and that it was important to work on strength.
“I just have to keep working on it, and it’s definitely been working,” he said.
Hassan’s rehab began last July, after he was diagnosed with a rare degenerative condition that had limited mobility in his hip.
After undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot, Hassan was diagnosed and treated with an experimental anti-inflammatories drug, which the Heat have used sparingly in recent years.
He played only two games in the season opener before being released in January, and he was inactive for two weeks as a result.
Hassan and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, have said Hassan has not had any setbacks since then.
He is scheduled to begin a new rehab program with the Mayo Clinic in New York on Friday.
He said he would like to resume training with the Heat next week.
Hassan will be eligible to return to the court for a fourth consecutive season if he is fully cleared and cleared for competition.
He missed the first five games of the season because of a knee injury.
Hassan has spent the past four seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, who were swept by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals.
He averaged 18.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 78 games last season.
The Sixers drafted Hassan with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and he has appeared in five NBA games.
Hassan did not play in the postseason, but he has started four games in a potential Heat-Suns series.
The team will have its season-ending trip to Utah to play the Utah Jazz on Sunday, but Hassan said the team would have no plans to rest players for the game.
“You just go out there and do your job and play basketball, so we’ll just see how it goes,” he added.
Hassan spent four seasons at Michigan State, averaging 20.8 ppg.
He led the Spartans to a school-record 21 NCAA tournament appearances and played in three championships.
Hassan was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic basketball team.