Hassan Whiteside’s truck, Big Shirley, is the Utah Jazz’s biggest kid’s new favorite toy

The Jazz’s backup center has personality — and a $330,000 custom Jeep to match it. It was created by, in Whiteside’s words, “a mixture of a bunch of crazy people that did a great job.” Whiteside said four car modding shops worked on different aspects of the project, among them SoFloJeeps and Apocalypse Manufacturing in Florida.

Meet Big Shirley.

A 2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara modded into a truck with six massive wheels, Big Shirley is a passion project for the Jazz’s new backup center. Whiteside bought the car in 2019 when he first joined the Portland Trail Blazers and finally finished work on the behemoth just a couple of months ago. It has 9,000 miles on it now.

“I’m like a big Jeep enthusiast,” Whiteside says. “I’ve got two more Jeeps, but they’re not like this.”

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hassan Whiteside, newly acquired center for the Utah Jazz, sits inside his 7,000 pound, six wheel truck named ‘Big Shirley,’ on Friday, Feb. 17, 2021.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hassan Whiteside, newly acquired center for the Utah Jazz, sits inside his 7,000 pound, six wheel truck named ‘Big Shirley,’ on Friday, Feb. 17, 2021. 

It was created by, in Whiteside’s words, “a mixture of a bunch of crazy people that did a great job.” Whiteside said four car modding shops worked on different aspects of the project, among them SoFloJeeps and Apocalypse Manufacturing in Florida.

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