Heading into this NBA season, many believed the Cleveland Cavaliers would be a playoff team. Even with an extremely weak Eastern Conference, the Cavs fell one spot short in the standings, and missed the playoffs once again. Instead of building a reputation as an exciting young team with an explosive backcourt, the most prominent storyline throughout the season was the alleged feud between guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
Former Chicago Bull forward Luol Deng joined the team midseason after being traded, and according to The Morning Journal, he doesn’t understand why people don’t think the two guards get along.
“I mean all this stuff that I hear, but when we’re in the locker room with these guys every day, they love each other. I can’t say one word or one incident, and when we get on the court, we never think twice about it… “They’ve shown they can play together. There’s times where they’ve looked great. They’re human, but in terms of can they play together? Yeah.”
Waiters, who had a strong end to the season, agrees with Deng.
“People put their 2 cents into it, but they made it seem like we hated each other and that’s the only part I don’t get. You’re not going to always see eye to eye on the court, especially with two ball-dominant guards. But you have to just continue to keep working with one another.”
We’ll see if Irving and Waiters have a shot to play a third season together, or if the Cavaliers try to trade one of them in the offseason.