March 20, 2016 |
This was an August 2014 afternoon inside the Competitive Edge Sports Complex, a training center set amid the sprawling suburbia of King of Prussia, 20 miles west of the Southwest Center City neighborhood that made Dion Waiters the person and basketball player he had since become. In truth, though, the complex was a world away from those streets. Waiters had just finished a lengthy workout there, hours of jump-shooting drills and pickup games, and it had left him sopping with sweat, with so much still possible for him, with seemingly so much left for him to lose.
March 19, 2016 |
Dion Waiters, a key reserve on the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, returned to his old Southwest Center City elementary school Thursday, less than two weeks after his younger brother was murdered in Point Breeze. Surrounded by teammates from his championship-contending team, Waiters, 24, who grew up at 19th and Carpenter Streets, helped deliver a check for $10,000 toward a revitalization of the playground at E.M. Stanton Elementary. "This is where it all started for me, right here," he told hundreds of cheering students.
March 19, 2016 |
Almost every day, growing up around 19th and Carpenter Streets, Dion Waiters and his friends would spend hours playing hoops in Southwest Center City and Point Breeze. The Marian Anderson Rec Center on 17th Street. The Christian Street Y. The Chew Playground on Washington Avenue, a citywide proving ground. "If you were a basketball player, you knew you had to go to 19th and Washington," said Malik Tappe, who in the early 2000s played against Waiters, now a key reserve for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
March 11, 2016 |
A day after six people were slain in Philadelphia, police were looking for suspects in all but one of the violent incidents, including one that claimed the brother of an NBA player. The bloodshed that stretched across the city began Tuesday afternoon, when a man attacked three strangers with a knife in Southwest Philadelphia, killing one of them. Five men were then shot to death Tuesday night across Philadelphia, in what Police Commissioner Richard Ross called one of the city's most violent nights in recent memory.
November 17, 2015 |
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.
January 7, 2015 |
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.
October 2, 2014 |
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.
August 28, 2014 |
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.
February 20, 2014 |
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.
February 16, 2014 |
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.