TAG: Dion Waiters

Smack / Aug 19, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Kyrie Irving: “I Haven’t Been A Leader, Not At All”

Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving

With the return of LeBron James and the imminent arrival of Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers have championship expectations for next season. In order to reach those heights, they’ll be counting on Kyrie Irving to perform at a high level as well. Irving is a great player, but he was also part of a very contentious locker room environment in Cleveland last season. After signing a max level extension with the Cavs this summer, Irving admits there’s a more compatible roster now for him to improve as a leader. Read More »

Video / Aug 13, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Watch The Top 10 Blocks Of The 2013-14 NBA Season

Kenneth Faried, Dion Waiters

Whenever people talk about blocks, we always picture contemporary players swatting the ball into the fourth row. Dwight Howard does this all to often, sometimes flexing after the fact, which has to vex Bill Russell — the godfather of the touch block to keep the ball in bounds and start a momentum-changing fast break the other way. Regardless, blocks have turned into highlights that can lead Sportscenter’s daily countdown, which is why the NBA has cobbled together the top 10 swats from the 2013-14 season. Read More »

Smack / Jul 30, 2014 / 9:30 pm

Dion Waiters: “I Have To Make Adjustments”

Dion Waiters

Tension in the fragile relationship between Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters almost boiled over last season. And as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ pair of ball-dominant guards readies for basketball life with LeBron James, one of them will have to take a backseat. Given Irving’s All-Star caliber, his recent $90 million extension, and natural playmaking instincts, the onus falls on Waiters to make wholesale adjustments or risk falling by the wayside. Fortunately for coach David Blatt and the Cavs, Waiters says he plans to do just that as a result of James’ homecoming. Read More »

NBA / Jul 17, 2014 / 3:15 pm

How Cavs Can Be A Great Perimeter Team Next Year

LeBron James

The Cleveland Cavaliers have LeBron James. That, of course, is great. But how will their offense improve? LeBron will be a huge factor, but new additions to the roster and a change in coaching philosophy will help, too. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Jul 15, 2014 / 5:55 pm

Dion Waiters’ Hostility Towards A Bench Role

Dion Waiters

Syracuse alum and all-around IDGAF shooting guard Dion Waiters was asked on Twitter today if he was comfortable accepting a role coming off the bench. With the influx of Andrew Wiggins and LeBron James this summer, plus a max extension for Kyrie Irving, there might not be enough room for him in the starting five. Waiters reaction when someone asked him about this on Twitter was an overt and prolonged: “Noooooooo.” Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 11, 2014 / 3:00 pm

LeBron Is Going Home, But Questions Abound For Cavs

LeBron James

LeBron James is going home. The King’s decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers makes him a bigger on-court hero than he ever was previously, and promises years of championship contention Cavs fans enjoyed during his initial stint with the team. There are still major, major questions for Cleveland, though, and not even a peerless talent like James can answer them by himself. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Apr 7, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Kyrie Irving Lashes Out At Media “Rumors” & Browns Receiver Josh Gordon

Kyrie Irving

You’d think that Kyrie Irving would have been riding high after dropping a career-high 44 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night in overtime, but the Cavs lost, appropriately enough, and it was just the latest setback for the point guard that was the darling of the NBA during last season’s all-star weekend. Now he’s getting into beef with Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and sending emotive twitter musings about all the “rumors and accusations” surrounding his future in Cleveland. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 7, 2014 / 11:15 am

The 10 Best Game-Winners In The NBA In 2014

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

There is nothing more beautiful or thrilling than a game-winning shot. When 48 minutes of blood, sweat and tears all comes down to one single moment, the art of basketball shines brightest. The feeling of your heart pounding when the game is on the line is arguably unmatched in this game we love. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Mar 27, 2014 / 11:45 am

ESPN’s LeBron James Tweet Pisses Off Cavs Fans

Dion Waiters, Bennett Salvatore

It was a pretty joyous moment for Cavs fans after Dion Waiters hit a buzzer-beating game-winner last night in Detroit. It was their first buzzer-beater since 2010, and moved them to within 3.5 games of Atlanta for a playoff spot. So of course ESPN Stats and Info sent a tweet out about the “first career buzzer-beater of LeBron James’ former team.” Read More »

NBA / Mar 26, 2014 / 11:10 pm

Video: Dion Waiters’ Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater

Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters

Wednesday night’s game between the Cavs and the Pistons came down to the final possession after the Cavs went on a 10-2 rally late in the fourth. After a missed jumper from Brandon Jennings, the Cavs had one more shot at leaving Motor City with a victory. With 3.2 seconds remaining and the score at 96-95 in Detroit’s favor, Dion Waiters caught the inbounds pass, took a dribble, squared-up, and launched a 19-foot jumper from the right wing. The ball splashed through the net as the final buzzer blared, stunning the crowd at The Palace. Read More »