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LeBron James Says Dion Waiters Should Come Off The Bench

Dion Waiters started the first three games of the season for the Cavaliers, on Friday night in a 110-101 win against the Nuggets he came off the bench and played well scoring 17 points in 24 minutes in a balanced attack for the Cavs.

LeBron James says that it is best for the team if Waiters is the Cavs sixth man. He makes some very points when explaining why. Remember, Waiters was in a war of words with the Wizards backcourt prior to the season about who the best backcourt in the league is and John Wall challenged him to earn a spotting spot before he talks.

Can Waiters handle coming off the bench? Via Cleveland.com:

“For the best of the team, that should be Dion’s role,” James said. “Dion comes off the bench and brings us that scoring mentality but more than that, he brings us another defender off the bench, which we need. Someone that’s tough, someone that can guard one through three. It’s a new role, but it’s a good role for him.”

Waiters made his request known before training camp opened that he preferred to be in the starting lineup. Head coach David Blatt started Waiters all of preseason and the first three games of the season before placing him in a reserve role.

It may not be ideal, but now Waiters is warming up to the role for the betterment of the team.

“I got to do whatever I got to do for the better of the team,” Waiters said. “If it’s starting, if it’s coming off the bench, if it’s the water boy, I got to do it. Whatever is best for the team.”

 

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