Humble & Hungry: Dime’s 2012 NBA Draft Diary With Dion Waiters, Week 2

By: 05.07.12
Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters (photo. Syracuse University Athletic Communications)

There’s actually a lot of other guys who just came in to Impact. Michael Snaer, another kid from Florida State. You got Mike Scott from Virginia. You got Kyle O’Quinn from Norfolk State. Matter of fact, Ashton Gibbs just came out here. You got a kid from Florida State, Deividas Dulkys. I call him “Double D.” Alex Young is also out here. There’s a lot of good players here.

When we first meet with Impact, we tell them all of the food we like. We get to order it, so after every workout, my food will be right there at 12:30, and after my last workout, the food will be there around 4:30 or 5 p.m. They actually order food from me and get it from a store, and it’s always the healthiest food. It’s actually cool, and it’s really good too.

I ain’t gonna lie to you. All of the food has been good lately. I only disagreed with one of the foods so far and that was the pasta. Besides that everything else has been great. The pasta was just different.

I put sugar on my lasagna. I’m just telling you that right now because every time I do that, people say, “You put sugar on that?” I put sugar on everything. I gotta eat it with every pasta. I started when I was a young kid, maybe four or five years old. Then on game days, I’ll eat broccoli with cheese and chicken breasts.

I’ve met a lot of actors since declaring for the draft. I really can’t remember their names. But last week, I met Floyd Mayweather Jr. and was at his gym the other night with all of his security. I met all of those guys. I actually went in late but I put in like 15 or 20 minutes. It was crazy. Just by seeing him working hard… I know I work hard too so just by seeing him going that hard, and he’s already the best, that only gives me that much more drive. I woke up with a chip on my shoulder like “Man, I gotta work harder than he did.”

I’ve got to be one of Floyd’s biggest fans. Everything he’s doing, he’s doing right. He did it the right way. His greatness speaks for itself.

I talk to Kyle Lowry a little bit about the draft process. He’s from Philly. I used to watch him play at Villanova when I was a kid. I talked to Cuttino Mobley and Rasual Butler. I talked to Kyrie Irving. He hit me up and told he was here for me if I needed anything. There have been a lot of other guys too that have given me advice.

Speaking of Philly, I think Allen Iverson influenced all of the Philly guards growing up, and even more because he expanded all over. I think a lot of guys now in the NBA that where No. 3 do it because of AI. I really believe that. A lot of people will tell you they looked up to AI. He was a big role model to me and had a big impact on my life. He made me really want to play basketball more. I used to walk around with all Iverson sneakers. I even had the arm sleeve, the finger slip and I was 12 or 11 years old. I had it because he had it. I tried the headband but that wasn’t me so I gave that up.

The Questions were by far my favorite Iverson sneakers, and then I also liked the A5 and the A6, the ones where he was in the commercial with Jadakiss.

Each week, Dion will be checking back in with everything he’s going through on his journey towards the NBA Draft (June 28) so stay tuned..

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