HoopsHype Dion Waiters rumors

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

At one time Waiters wasn't for coming off the bench. Although he would prefer not to, it has reached a point where he is willing to do whatever it takes to get his game rectified. "It doesn't matter to me anymore," Waiters said. "Everybody knows what I can do. Starting or not." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 25, 2014 Updates
October 20, 2014 Updates

James told every player from fellow All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to the guys just hoping to make the team what was expected during the upcoming season. "I was looking like, 'Wow.' That's crazy that he broke down every individual thing he wants guys to do," Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters told Yahoo Sports. "He wrote down every player from the guy in training camp who may be here or may not be here. …It was unbelievable. It was great." Said Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao: "He used to talk individually to the players before, but not like that." Yahoo! Sports

October 18, 2014 Updates

Head coach David Blatt was asked about Waiters’ rapid field goal attempts and the coach paused, making sure he chose his words carefully before responding. “I was thinking about that at halftime, actually,” Blatt said. “Remember that we didn’t play with a full roster tonight and our normal rotation was not what it will be. The way that Dallas played led to a lot of open perimeter shots, which Dion is going to take because that’s what he does. “I don’t think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don’t really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we’ll look at it. It’s something we really should look at it and we will.” NBCSports.com

October 9, 2014 Updates

When asked if management had assured him he would be the starting two before Wiggins was shipped out, Waiters reverted back to being his honest, forthcoming self. "Of course," Waiters responded with a laugh. "I wasn't worried about nothing, man. It was going to be whatever it was going to be." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Some jabs were exchange back and forth, but nothing more. It'll definitely make the Cavaliers-Wizards games more appealing. Nonetheless, this is exactly the type of element Waiters prefers. He favors a raucous atmosphere; that's what gets him motivated. "Everything was too quiet so I had to stir up something with Washington," Waiters said. "People have been missing the action so I had to stir up something. You know me. But at the end of the day, I'm here. I'm ready. I'm ready for war. I was born ready. We're all ready." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 7, 2014 Updates
October 2, 2014 Updates

“I mean, why wouldn’t you think you’re the best back court in the league?” Beal said. “I’m pretty sure me and John feel like that, him and Kyrie [Irving] feel like that, and Klay [Thompson] and Steph [Curry] feel like that. So it doesn’t matter. I mean, I would hope you have confidence in yourself, and believe that you’re the best in the league. But that’s just me being who I am and having confidence in me and John. I’m not worried about those guys or what they’re doing over there. I’m just trying to control what we can control, and trying to get wins.” Washington Post

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