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Report: Dion Waiters has a mysterious illness that may be tied to his being removed from the starting lineup

Nov 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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The Cavaliers held a players only meeting earlier this week, after losing by 29 points to the Timberwolves which put them at just 3-7 through the team’s first 10 games.

There were reports that the meeting turned contentious, and that players confronted one another about how things were playing out — none of which is a great sign less than three weeks into the regular season.

It was rumored that the play of Dion Waiters was one of the meeting’s issues, but others denied that was the case. Whether there’s something going on internally where Waiters is concerned or there isn’t, he hasn’t been with the team since Wednesday’s loss, and an illness with little details is what’s being blamed for his absence.

From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

The meeting was intense – the Cavs played terrible and lost by 29 points – but two players who were in the room both privately said some of the speculation has been overblown and it wasn’t combative, nor was Dion Waiters a target of the meeting. The players weren’t very happy, but no specific player was singled out. …

As for Waiters and this illness, Mike Brown said he has been to the doctor twice and has a prescription. I’ve heard whispers Waiters knew he was going to get demoted to the second team. Did he know that and make up this illness? Is he really sick? The only one who really knows the answer to that is Waiters.

No one on the team has really seen or heard from Waiters since Wednesday’s game. He didn’t attend Friday’s shootaround because of this illness and didn’t make the trip to Washington for tonight’s game. No one I talked to really knows how sick Waiters is or what all this is about.

All of this is very interesting, and the truth may come out at some point. Or maybe it won’t. But the fact that this is a thing is on head coach Mike Brown, especially this early in the season. He should be communicating exactly what the issue is with Waiters if something legitimate is keeping him away so there will be no locker room uncertainty.

Kyrie Irving apparently isn’t willing to wait to find out — he took matters into his own hands on Saturday, scoring 41 points in leading his team to a much-needed overtime victory over the Wizards.

  1. spyder9669 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    They need to have a players only meeting with their #1 draft pick mega BUST Anthony Bennett. I bet they’d love to have that one back!

    • bruiserbrigade - Nov 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      It’s way too early to say that. You have to remember he is coming off of shoulder surgery which kept him out of game shape. Now he’s being forced to play a Mike Brown offense which even Kyrie is struggling with. They’re asking Bennett, the few minutes he plays, to hang out at the 3pt line and catch-and-shoot like a stretch 4, no wonder he hasn’t found his rhythm yet.

  2. legend30 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Anthony Bennett = Bust (I already seen enough to say this). Dion Waiters = Average (Should have drafted Harrison Barnes). Tristan Thompson = Average (Should have drafted Jonas Valanciunas). Mike Brown great person, but terrible coach. Kyrie Irving now understand why LeBron left this curse city.

    • mariners100 - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      You sir are an idiot. Bennett didn’t play any preseason or summer league games, yes he has struggled but it is WAY too early to call him a bust, Waiters has played well this year so far and hind sight is 20/20 on drafting Harrison Barnes this early into his second season. TT has been the best Cavs player and the most consistent player..ll give me a break on drafting Jonas a Center that they did not need ..

    • bruiserbrigade - Nov 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Tristan Thompson average? He’s averaging 13pts 9.9 rebs. You’ve seen enough of everybody though to make those claims right? You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about, I do, and I’m not even a Cavs fan. You casual fans crack me up!

      • deavn - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Coming from an actual Cavs fan who watches them on a regular basis, Thompson is average. He plays terrible defense and his offense is terrible as well. He has terrible mechanics. He gets all of his points by crashing the boards off of missed baskets from other players. He has no post game and when he gets a board, he tries to score on 3 people and gets blocked instead of trying to make a more intelligent play. I’ll give him credit, he does play hard every night but he’s not anything special.

    • kissyoursorrybooty - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      How can you say you’ve seen enough? He’s barely played and it’s been 11 games.

  3. themagicfanguy - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Yet overrated names in coaching like Mike Brown and D’Antoni will keep getting jobs while talented assistants get passed by.

  4. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Waiters is about to be traded

  5. spacemaker101 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Well more importantly Waiters is on my fantasy team so I need answers!!

  6. happy31684 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    This year they should a drafted McLemore. I thought that they should a went Barnes or Drummond last year. And I’m fine with Thompson he’ll pick his play back up shortly and average a double double 15 and 10 is and with his defense that’s good enough to justify that pick

  7. thekingcray - Nov 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Anthony Bennett’s biggest highlight so far in his career has been Bill Simmons’ “WOAH” when he got picked #1.

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Waiters was drafted way too high in the first place, and if he were legit sick there’d be official announcements, unless it’s something embarrassing.

  9. lowpostfootwork - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Waiters doesn’t fit with Kyrie… and Waiters is sick of watching Kyrie shoot 20-30 times per game while he gets labeled a bust… and Bennett feels the same way.. FREE WAITERS !!! FREE BENNETT !!!

    • spursareold - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      SGs who can put the ball in the hole are a dime a dozen. It’s MUCH harder to find an elite PG. Waiters needs to recognize.

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