Waiters Calls Suspension “A Minor Setback”

Dion Waiters couldn’t be with the Heat last night because he’s in the middle of a 10-game suspension, so he traveled to Syracuse to watch the Orange and get some advice from his college coach, writes Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com.

“I just wanted to come up and talk to coach (Jim Boeheim),” Waiters said in his first public comments since the season began. “I know that’s a person who will always be there for me if I ever need anything. It’s a chance for me to come up, be around, talk to the coaches, things like that. And that’s important.”

It’s been a troubled season already for Waiters, who was also suspended for opening night after clashing with Miami coach Erik Spoelstra in a preseason argument about playing time. Waiters has only been active for two games and hasn’t taken the court at all.

The emergence of rookies Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro has made Waiters expendable in an already crowded backcourt. The Heat have reportedly tried to work out a trade, but haven’t found any interest in Waiters, who is making $12.1MM this year and is under contract for 2020/21 at $12.65MM.

The current suspension is the result of a medical incident on the team plane last week. Waiters passed out after consuming a THC-infused “gummy” and reportedly suffered a panic attack when he was revived. The Heat suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team.

In his conversation with Ditota, Waiters refused to discuss the specifics of what happened on the team flight, but insisted he’s still “in a great place” mentally.

“I can only control what I can control at the end of the day, so some things you just can’t allow to take your head the other way, some things happen for a reason,” he said. “If you stay locked in, if you believe and trust in yourself, trust in the work you put in, you know, it’s a minor setback. It happens. It’s life. You learn from it. The only thing I can do is move forward. Stay focused. Stay even-keeled. Let everything else take care of itself.”

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6 thoughts on “Waiters Calls Suspension “A Minor Setback”

  1. Skip, Tampa

    Wouldn’t call a $2M loss of income a minor set back. Won’t even get into his future. Can he turn everything around, absolutely. It’ll be a long hard road but workable.
    He can send $2M to my PayPal account if he doesn’t really need it anymore.

  2. x%sure

    He sounds like his own life coach. There should not be a huge concern for his value. But you know his 12MM or so is not small, he may bristle at being a backup, and few have seen him on-court.

  3. Curtisrowe

    I guess when your career is in the trashcan, everything is a minor setback.

  4. formerlyz

    If only Dion would have listened to himself, and not made issues about his role right before the season started

  5. Jason Lancaster

    As much as I’d like to join in and dunk on the painfully unaware Waiters, I would like to point out that Riley is the one who gave him a bad contract.

    I wish fans would bag as much on executives who do stupid things as much as they bag in the players.

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