I don't know about you guys, but I'm very ready for the NBA season to start. If this interview with HoopsWorld.com is any indication, so is Dion Waiters. It's not groundbreaking news to report that a player wants to win individual awards and have team success as well, but the way Dion talks about this Cavaliers team just gets me pumped.
He knows that people questioned his conditioning and work ethic. He knows people questioned the Cavaliers' decision to draft him. And most importantly, he knows how freaking awesome a backcourt consisting of himself and Kyrie Irving can be.
"Potential wise, the sky is the limit for us," Waiters said of Cleveland’s backcourt. "We’re still young and we’re still getting better every day. We’re building on the bond that we already had. Coming out of high school together, we clicked right away and we were always together. We met in tenth grade and from that day on, we’ve been close friends. When we get on the court, it’s all about how we can make each other better. We’re going to push each other."
Remember all those people that were talking up Kyrie's friendship with Harrison Barnes and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? Well, that's weird, it's almost like kids who play a lot of high-level basketball end up meeting each other at some point or another. Hmm.
He talked about the generic things of trying to make the playoffs and win Rookie of the Year, but he seems reasonable about it. He doesn't want to go out and win 82 games. He seems to understand how much work it's going to take.
"Making the playoffs is the biggest thing, but I’m definitely thinking about [winning Rookie of the Year]. I have to put the work in and earn it though. It’s not just going to be given to me.
Finally, I had a big goofy smile when I read these parts about Cleveland. Waiters is crazy active on Twitter and tries to interact with as many fans as possible. The fact that most of the team is already in Cleveland working out together before training camp starts is awesome. He's got the talent and he's got the passion. I can't wait to see Dion Waiters out there on the floor in Wine and Gold for the first time.
"We’re all working out together," Waiters said. "Everyone is out here in Cleveland working out right now. We’re getting after it early. Everyone is here playing pick-up, working out and things like that.....Everything about Cleveland is great, especially the facility and all of the people that are involved and around the building. It’s nothing but love. I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t be in a better place."
He's got the talent and he's got the passion. I can't wait to see Dion Waiters out there on the floor in Wine and Gold for the first time.