Humble & Hungry: Dime’s 2012 Rookie Journal With Dion Waiters, Vol. 3

By: 12.18.12

Dion Waiters

With the season going on, it’s love with the fans now. Everybody shows love. I’m more appreciated. From the draft and the summer league, I didn’t really do nothing, but once the season came, I was really able to take off. I think I just earned a lot of people’s respect. Me, I’ve always had that confidence. I just had to show everybody else why the Cavs drafted me. You’ll be on Twitter, and seeing people saying they need you back, you take appreciation from that. You feel appreciated. That’s the cool thing about the whole situation. I just can’t wait to get back out there, though.

I’m waiting for the new Kobes. I’m patiently waiting for them. I haven’t had a pair of sneakers to wear that I’ve felt really, really comfortable in outside of the Kobes. I’m waiting patiently for them. I’ve been playing in his ones from last year, and I tried a lot of different sneakers out, but I think I’m going to stay with the Kobes.

Off the court, I’m listening to Meek Mill‘s album right now. He just came out with one. That’s what I listen to every day before a game. That’s really one of my closest friends. He made it and that gave me more motivation to go even harder to put on for my city also. I listen to Meek Mill, of course, but also Rick Ross, Jadakiss and Jay-Z. Jay-Z is my favorite rapper of all time. I listen to a little bit of Drake, T.I. I listen to a lot of music, a lot of different music. In the locker room, everybody has their own headphones and music is playing. Everybody is doing their own thing.

With my Eagles, oh man, it’s a rebuilding year. If I was the Eagles, I’d keep Michael Vick. He’s still got a lot left in his tank. What we need to do is get an offensive line to protect him. That’s pretty much what we need is an offensive line. A lot of guys are injured with concussions and things like that, and I think the referees need to do a better job of not letting the quarterback take all the hits. It’s a rebuilding year for us. If we get a chance to come back next year with more focus and better protection, we’ll be good. But I like Nick Foles too. Nick Foles is a young, good quarterback but I don’t think he’s really ready for that Eagles atmosphere, that Philadelphia atmosphere because once that pressure’s all on him, he’s gotta be able to take it, and I think he can do that if he keeps progressing each week and gets better. The football is in his hands, so he has a lot of opportunity.

The Browns are doing good. They had won three in a row, but weren’t able to get that fourth straight win. I support them too. It’s a Cleveland thing. Anywhere I’m at, Cleveland or Philly, I gotta support the sports because they support us and we gotta support them. The football team comes to our games, and I’m really looking forward to getting out to a game. I don’t know if that’s going to happen this year, but I’m supporting both teams. I’m an Eagles fan, a die-hard, and I wish the best for Cleveland.

Dion will be checking back in with us throughout the season with everything he’s going through as an NBA rookie so stick with us…

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