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August 28, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Dion Waiters was en route to Los Angeles last month for a weeklong workout session with pro basketball trainer Rob McClanaghan, an annual West Coast trip that had become as much a part of Waiters' offseason routine as the trade rumors that always seem to include his name, when his cellphone buzzed. He answered it. "Be ready," LeBron James told him. James had not yet announced that he had decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. So he was coy in his brief conversation with Waiters, who grew up in South Philadelphia and has been the Cavs' starting shooting guard since they drafted him fourth overall out of Syracuse in 2012.
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January 7, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dion Waiters said he was unaware of his role with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday morning. By 7 p.m., the Philadelphia native didn't have to worry about that. Waiters was pulled out of the starting lineup before the start of the game against the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. He was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-team trade. The New York Knicks sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers and received Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and a second-round pick in return.
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March 26, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dion Waiters decided to play his college basketball at Syracuse when he was in the eighth grade. But after just two years with the Orange, he's heading to the next level. Waiters, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Philadelphia, announced Monday he will sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft in June. "I've decided to pursue my dream of becoming a professional basketball player by entering my name in the NBA Draft this spring," he said in a statement released by the athletic communications department at Syracuse.
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March 20, 2013
Ty Lawson scored 25 points, Andre Miller had 20 points and nine assists and the Denver Nuggets beat the host Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-104, Tuesday night to win a 13th straight game for the first time since joining the NBA. The Nuggets trailed by one at halftime but took control in the third quarter and never let Oklahoma City reclaim the lead. Denver moved within 31/2 games of the Thunder in the Northwest Division and became the first team this season to beat Oklahoma City three times.
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March 5, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova will enter the Big East tournament with redshirt freshman JayVaughn Pinkston and sophomore James Bell at less than 100 percent. Pinkston, whose game has steadily improved in the last month, suffered a sprained left ankle on Feb. 25 when he stepped on a basketball. He scored five points in Saturday's loss to Cincinnati. "It was a little tight; I really couldn't move too well but I tried to play it out," Pinkston said Sunday night before the Wildcats left for New York.
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March 21, 2013 | Associated Press
LeBron James scored 25 points as the Miami Heat overcame a 27-point deficit in the third quarter to win their 24th straight game, 98-95, Wednesday night over the shorthanded Cavaliers in Cleveland. The Heat, owners of the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, are now within nine games of matching the record of 33 consecutive wins held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. For more than 30 minutes the defending champions seemed disinterested and on the verge of losing for the first time since Feb. 1 - trailing by 67-40 with 7 minutes, 44 seconds left in the third quarter.
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March 14, 2013
Dwyane Wade scored 23 points Tuesday night as the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 19 games by beating the visiting Atlanta Hawks, 98-81. LeBron James added 15 points for the Heat, who matched the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. They will try for their 20th consecutive win on Wednesday when they visit the 76ers to start a five-game trip. Only three teams have won at least 20 straight games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22)
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November 10, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
This time, Dion Waiters intends to remain calm. The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard struggled while doing the opposite in last season's games against the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. So the South Philadelphia native is taking a more relaxed approach to Friday night's matchup against the Sixers (3-2). Waiters knows that's the only way he can help the Cavs (2-3) get out of their funk. They've lost three of four games and are 0-3 on the road. "I was too amped up," the 6-foot-4 guard said of last season's two games in Philly.
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May 15, 2013
George Hill scored 26 points and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds Tuesday night, leading the host Indiana Pacers to a 93-82 victory over the New York Knicks and a three-games-to-one lead in the second-round series. Indiana needs one more win to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2004. Game 5 will be Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. NBA scoring champ Carmelo Anthony fouled out with 24 points. J.R. Smith had 19 on another dreadful night for the Knicks.
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October 2, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
LOOKS AS IF Cavaliers guards Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving are on better terms. Last season, things reportedly got so heated between the two that a players-only meeting was called. Yesterday, Waiters gave Irving some love while commenting on a statement by Wizards guard Bradley Beal. On Monday, Beal said he and John Wall were "definitely the best backcourt in the league. " Yesterday, Waiters responded. "That's nonsense," the Philly-born Waiters told reporters after practice.
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November 17, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO - Dion Waiters wants to play for the 76ers next season, says a source close to the Oklahoma City Thunder reserve guard. "He wants to come home," said the source, noting that Waiters is from South Philly. "Plus, he knows that he could be the missing shooting guard they need. And he could possibly get a [very lucrative] contract with the Sixers. " The Sixers will have more cap space than most teams next summer. After Waiters learned of this report online, he issued a denial on Twitter, saying: "Dnt Believe everything y'all hear lol I guess this what the world coming to smh especially if it didn't come from me. " The source said that Waiters won't acknowledge publicly his desire to play for the Sixers because he's still under contract with the Thunder.
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January 7, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dion Waiters said he was unaware of his role with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday morning. By 7 p.m., the Philadelphia native didn't have to worry about that. Waiters was pulled out of the starting lineup before the start of the game against the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. He was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-team trade. The New York Knicks sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers and received Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and a second-round pick in return.
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October 2, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
LOOKS AS IF Cavaliers guards Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving are on better terms. Last season, things reportedly got so heated between the two that a players-only meeting was called. Yesterday, Waiters gave Irving some love while commenting on a statement by Wizards guard Bradley Beal. On Monday, Beal said he and John Wall were "definitely the best backcourt in the league. " Yesterday, Waiters responded. "That's nonsense," the Philly-born Waiters told reporters after practice.
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August 28, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Dion Waiters was en route to Los Angeles last month for a weeklong workout session with pro basketball trainer Rob McClanaghan, an annual West Coast trip that had become as much a part of Waiters' offseason routine as the trade rumors that always seem to include his name, when his cellphone buzzed. He answered it. "Be ready," LeBron James told him. James had not yet announced that he had decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. So he was coy in his brief conversation with Waiters, who grew up in South Philadelphia and has been the Cavs' starting shooting guard since they drafted him fourth overall out of Syracuse in 2012.
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February 20, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are two ways you can look at the 76ers.  The optimist says they did a better job this time of defending Cleveland Cavaliers guard C.J. Miles. The pessimist says the Sixers looked disinterested in what was another blowout loss.  The Sixers faced a sizable deficit at the half, gave up easy baskets, were outhustled, and fell, 114-85, on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.  Things were so bad that the home crowd began booing the Sixers (15-40) midway through the third quarter.
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February 16, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - Michael Carter-Williams was in his element. One would have thought he would be a bit nervous while participating in his first all-star weekend. Instead, the 76ers rookie was relaxed Friday morning during media availability. He later joked around during Team Webber's shootaround for the Rising Stars Challenge, which showcases the league's top rookies and second-year players. And the 6-foot-6 point guard ended the night by showing why he's expected to be named rookie of the year.
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November 11, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - The 76ers came up on the short end of a thriller. The Cleveland Cavaliers took a 127-125 double-overtime decision in front of 20,562 Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena. The victory enabled the Cavs (3-4) to snap a two-game skid and split this weekend's home-and-home series with the Sixers (4-3), who prevailed, 94-79, on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "We were trying to adjust," said Sixers swingman Evan Turner, who finished with a career-high 31 points.
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November 10, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
It would be the equivalent of Groundhog Day if the games weren't played in different cities. The 76ers faced the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Then both teams took charter flights to Cleveland, where they'll play again on Saturday night. "It's playoffs to me," Sixers coach Brett Brown said comparing the back-to-back games to an NBA postseason series. "It's what you do in the playoffs. . . . Subtle adjustments and a little bit of a chess match in trying to tweak something here and rotate something there.
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November 10, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
This time, Dion Waiters intends to remain calm. The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard struggled while doing the opposite in last season's games against the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. So the South Philadelphia native is taking a more relaxed approach to Friday night's matchup against the Sixers (3-2). Waiters knows that's the only way he can help the Cavs (2-3) get out of their funk. They've lost three of four games and are 0-3 on the road. "I was too amped up," the 6-foot-4 guard said of last season's two games in Philly.
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August 9, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neumann-Goretti senior guard Ja'Quan Newton, Philadelphia's top high school basketball recruit, gave an oral commitment Wednesday to the University of Miami. Newton, a four-star recruit and the 67th-ranked player in the class of 2014 according to ESPN, chose Miami over Syracuse, UCLA, Minnesota, Texas A&M, and Oregon. Syracuse has had success recruiting in Philadelphia, with former Neumann-Goretti standouts Rick Jackson and Antonio "Scoop" Jardine, along with Life Center's Dion Waiters, playing for the Orange in recent years, but could not get Newton.
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