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Report: Cavs players growing more frustrated with Dion Waiters

Jan 13, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

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When a team loses by more than 40 points, it’s rarely only a product of the available talent on the floor. It’s usually a sign of deeper trouble going on within a given team’s ranks.

The Cavaliers found themselves in this situation on Sunday, losing by 44 points in Sacramento in a game where Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, and Anderson Varejao all started and played their normal allotment of minutes until garbage time commenced.

There was plenty of blame to go around, and head coach Mike Brown probably deserves the most of it for failing to get his team to compete for 48 minutes. Second-year player Dion Waiters, however, continued his habit of poor body language on the court and on the sidelines during the tougher stretches, and it’s an act his teammates appear to be growing increasingly tired of.

From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

Players have quietly grumbled about Waiters’ act off and on all season, and those grumbles were growing louder Sunday night.

As one player put it, stars can get away with the stuff Waiters pulls on occasion, but Waiters hasn’t even established himself yet in this league, let alone carved out star status. …

This isn’t to pile on Waiters or put all the blame on him, but his behavior was the most evident tonight and the whispers from other players growing tired of his act seem to be growing louder. Again, it’s more of a frustration because overall he’s not a bad guy. It would be different if he was causing major strife within the locker room. He’s not. He’s just drawing a lot of eye rolls.

There’s more there, including an important part about Irving being guilty of some of this too at times, and Brown saying he sees it in multiple players.

Waiters is young, remember, and he’s viewed as having plenty of potential, as evidenced by the invite he received to train at USA Basketball’s mini-camp in Las Vegas this past summer. Teams would love to see if things would be different with Waiters in a new situation, so you’ll continue to hear his name being brought up in trade rumors where the Cavaliers are concerned.

But the franchise isn’t going to consider dealing someone who they selected with the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, when there are plenty of other issues — Irving’s inconsistency, Deng’s future free agency, and the overall mood surrounding the team — which are clouding Cleveland’s situation.

  1. goldmember21 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    I bet they beat La tomorrow haha

    • aboogy123456 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      what’s really funny is how the cavs could’ve had harrison barnes.

      • stadix093 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Anthony Bennett is pretty damn funny as well.

      • jamesk2465 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:45 AM

        whats funny is that they have Luol Deng so it’s not that big of a deal

      • ljl2 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        they are literally the same player statistically…

  2. clownsfan - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Thank god for the Indians

  3. bigbosscrispy - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    You know who is to blame here? His name starts with an L and ends with bron…

    • doc305 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      LOL. I had no idea that Lebron was also the Owner and Gm of the Cleveland Cavaliers making those draft picks… lol, he really is a busy dude.

      • filone17 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        I agree, Dan Gilbert is to blame here. The Cavs are one of the most mis-managed teams. Dan Gilbert had 3 number one draft selections in the past 10 years….more than any other team in the NBA, yet Cleveland is still stuck in 11th place in a HORRIBLE Eastern Conference. With his lack of class for the way he handled the Lebron exodus, it wouldn’t surprise me if most of their good young players end up leaving. And who does Gilbert blame…..the big NBA elite franchises who “have the money” he whines that he can’t compete and I’ll bet there’s a pretty good chance he was the one that cried to David Stern when the Lakers were all ready to trade for Chris Paul….thus getting the trade nixed. How come small market teams like OKC and San Antonio are able to compete for titles? Especially San Antonio who get low draft picks every year. The answer……good upper management! GET RID OF DAN GILBERT!

  4. bossipnet - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    As MB stated, “multiple players are behaving the same way.” So why single DW out? Why the negative articles about Waiters? You want him gone that bad? He is not the problem! When “bad body language” is used as a reason for poor performance, they that should have the answers are trying to pass the buck because they don’t have a clue how use talented players.

  5. deavn - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    Why doesn’t anyone ever hold Kyrie accountable? Yeah I know Dion does take some questionable shots. But there’s never been a time where I’ve seen him play terrible defense. Kyrie on the other hand is supposed to be the “leader” on the team yet, he doesn’t play defense and tries to dribble and score on basically the whole team. Isaiah Thomas was blowing right by him and he didn’t even try to recover. I’m just saying…

    • quaknbush7455358 - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:12 AM

      Deavn you are partially right ‘but” Coach Q-Ball needs to hold every player accountable. When they throw errant passes, taking unwise shots, dribbling too much. Plus when one fails on their assignment on defense call a timeout get on their case and if it happens again set their behind down. Coach Q-Ball lets some games get out of hand before calling a timeout and holding whomever accountable when they mess up. I guarantee you will see overall better play. No i am not advocating embarrassing anyone unless they don’t take heed, and if that should happen then you get all over his case.

  6. tv63 - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    They don’t know how to play offense. They rarely even have practice for it. That’s on the coach AND it is ultimately the coach’s responsibility to teach them. He just doesn’t and then “Wha-La” you have a 44 point loss and let’s blame Dion crowd comes out. I bet my bottom dollar you get a quality balanced coach and you will see this team win more games. The talent is there just they need to be taught on some offensive plays. They couldn’t even do a basic pick and roll beginning of the season. C’mon it’s SO OBVIOUS what is wrong.

    • jbabbitz - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:16 AM

      Jrue Holliday and Kyrie have the same problem-pound the ball, no court vision.
      This creates negativity on the team.
      The Cavs coach just doesn’t have a clue on offense.
      Not surprising to see Waiters used as a scapegoat. Woodson made mistake after mistake in games and jr smith gets scapegoated. Deja vu

    • stayhigh_247 - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM


  7. csbanter - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    “lose my number”

    Lebron James

  8. soul60 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    As usual not surprised. There are plenty other young players who love to get a great chance to play in the league . As we see with Bynum and this guy both are waste of time and money.
    I would not pay a cent to see these two play at all.
    Get rid of both of them and bring another group of guys that really wan to play and forget these male drama queens.

  9. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Kyrie is by far the most overrated player in the association.

  10. ljl2 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Manufactured by Lloyd. Kyrie has done the exact same things as Dion and has been more inconsistent. Isn’t held accountable as much as Dion. I would be moody if I were him too. He was yanked in that game in the second quarter when trying to create offense while others were just standing around. After he was pulled, Kings went on huge run. Game was close (Cavs may have been up actually) when Dion was pulled. Kyrie was completely outplayed at the 1 by Isaiah Thomas and the story is about Dion? Ridiculous.

  11. oasis511 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Unfortunately, Waiters’ body language is becoming the norm for basketball players. I cover high school basketball and see kids with horrible attitudes and body language on every team. Sulking, whining about fouls, slamming the ball down and cursing, and even mouthing off to teammates – you see it all just about every game.

    I was at a girls varsity game one night where members of the boys basketball team were sitting in the front row under the basket. They heckled the referees pretty harshly until halftime, when one of the refs told an assistant coach that he needed to make the boys cut it out or move to a different spot where they wouldn’t be as disruptive. The kids said they weren’t moving, and one of them hatched a plan for them to all get up and sarcastically applaud the refs when they came back out of the tunnel. Two minutes into the second half, one of the players started yelling again and the athletic director came over and told them to move. They decided they didn’t have to take that kind of abuse and left the game instead. We’re raising a bunch of disrespectful, entitled little punks and then acting surprised when they reach adulthood and still act like that!

  12. hijackthemic - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Ya’ll wanna know the truth? The Cavaliers are a sucky organization and will suck no matter what tomorrow brings.

  13. campcouch - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Well,let’s see…Chicago stunk it up when Jordan retired and with D Rose hurt,Boston when Bird retired,Lakers when Magic retired,Lakers with Kobe hurt,Cavs when LBJ left,Magic when Howard left,Boston again when KG and Pierce left…see a trend? Teams tend to suck after superstars leave. Franchises are built around star players financially and talent-wise. When those guys leave,it takes a minute to restructure everything. Teams like the Knicks (who despite paying top dollar for Melo,A’mare and Chandler),Boston and LA are struggling right now. These are the league’s money making premier franchises and as we see they stink. I’d prefer the talented and young players on the Cavs than these other squads. What’s going to happen when Miami’s Big 3 break up? No clue yet,but if Bosh is let go and Wade is hurt again,LeBron will be playing in Cleveland south. This is what happens when you invest so much in superstars. It’s sad to watch them struggle,but it’s the economics of the NBA. Hopefully one day they’ll do what every lottery team dreams of,find that superstar in the crowd and win…again.

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