Dion Waiters throws shade at Heat acquiring Kyrie Irving
Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters isn’t against the team acquiring Kyrie Irving. It’s just that everyone should know that there’s already an “alpha male” on the Heat squad: Him.
Irving’s original trade demand reportedly listed four teams as preferred destinations. The Heat were among those teams, along with the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Cleveland Cavaliers-Irving stalemate of course has gone through many permutations since the original report broke, and it appears the Heat are likely a long shot at best in landing Irving.
Still, that hasn’t stopped Waiters from weighing in on the notion of Irving joining the Heat, however unlikely.
“It would help. I’m not against that,” Waiters said recently during an interview with HipHopSince1987, as transcribed by SLAM Magazine. “Just know there’s an alpha male over there too in myself.
“I think that’s my biggest thing with everybody, ‘Oh he got irrational confidence…’ Man, I tell everybody, if I can make it from here, I can make it from anywhere.
“My mom got shot, my dad got shot. C’mon bro, there ain’t nothing that I haven’t seen. Why not? I need that confidence to get through.
“Every day I need that confidence to get by. It ain’t got nothin’ to do with ball. It’s who I am. It was instilled in me.
“But you know, there’s an alpha male over there already. If you come there, we can boogie together.”
It’s worth noting that Waiters and Irving were once Cavaliers teammates. After two full seasons together, Waiters was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder midway through the 2014-15 campaign amid rumors he and Irving were butting heads.
The Irving trade drama has been the dominant story line of the this NBA offseason, which is saying something considering it’s been quite the eventful one, to say the least. And given that every day yields a new development, angle or rumor with no end in sight, expect August to be chock-full of talk concerning the disgruntled Cavaliers superstar.
That is, until he’s traded … if he even is at all.