HoopsHype Dion Waiters rumors

November 10, 2014 Updates
November 9, 2014 Updates
November 8, 2014 Updates

It was the first game of the season that he was coming off the bench. He finally arrived from the locker room to join the Cavaliers' bench a couple seconds before tip off. Folks started to speculate if he was injured, disgruntled or if this was his way of rebelling? Turns out, Waiters was just acting in accordance with what he feels his religious beliefs are. Waiters informed Northeast Ohio Media Group that he is a Muslim and that's the reason he excused himself prior to the national anthem. "It's because of my religion," Waiters told NEOMG. "That's why I stayed in the locker room." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Waiters says he is rededicating himself more to his Muslim faith. He appears to be in a happier state. The guard, however, did stand with his team during Friday's national anthem before they faced the Denver Nuggets. Maybe he's selective with it. Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 6, 2014 Updates

So when Waiters stayed behind after the team’s morning shootaround Tuesday and worked out for another 40 minutes, after the bus and rest of the players were long gone, it wasn’t surprising to watch him working primarily on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers. Yet when I asked him about focusing on that this season, he dismissed it. “That’s not my game,” he said. “I can do it, but you know what I’m effective at: pick-and-roll and things like that.” Akron Beacon Journal

November 5, 2014 Updates

Waiters' role with this team has been the most critiqued. Some believe that since there's no one on the bench capable of creating his own shot, the addition of Waiters in a reserve role would add a much-needed punch. In that role, he would be allowed the freedom to provide instant offense and play-making ability. I approached this theory to Waiters and he expounded on why it's not that simple. "I'm still going to be out there with two or three players," Waiters explained to NEOMG, referring to LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. "If I come off the bench in the first quarter, at least two of those guys are going to play the whole first quarter regardless. So it doesn't really matter. That's what people don't understand." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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