As the basketball world was on pins and needles at the beginning of July, waiting to see what LeBron James would do, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters received a phone call from the man himself, King James.
James told Waiters to “be ready,” the 22-year old guard revealed to Slam Magazine.
“We’ve talked,” Waiters said of his new teammate. “I actually talked with LeBron before he made his decision. He called me and just told me to be ready. Be ready. I talked to him four or five days before he made his decision. He just got on the phone and said I haven’t made my mind up yet but be ready.
I told him that I’m already working hard. I’ll be ready. And he said, I know, I know you are. Then a few days later I read the letter. I was just really excited for the city of Cleveland. I think the city, more than anybody, deserves this. They deserve to have LeBron coming back. I think the excitement is really back in Cleveland and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”
Waiters’ tw0-year career has been full of controversy, as rumors of a rift with Kyrie Irving have followed him. Now, with James as a teammate, Waiters has a chance to turn thing around, which is an opportunity he doesn’t appear to be taking lightly.
“I’ve been thinking about how I can adjust my game to best play alongside LeBron ever since he made his decision,” Waiters said. “A player like that, the best player in the world, you get excited to have him on your team. And you also have to adjust your game to make the overall team better around him.
Waiters averaged 15.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting from the floor last season with the Cavs.