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This player guaranteed to be champion

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 29, 2020

Landed in the NBA in 2012, Dion Waiters is having a funny eighth season in the league. The one who had been drafted in fourth position by the Cavaliers, ahead of future All-Stars Damian Lillard (6e), Andre Drummond (9e), Draymond Green (35e) or Khris Middleton (39e), will have experienced three franchises this season. The Heat, where he arrived in 2016 and with whom he started this 2019-2020 exercise, then the Grizzlies, whose jersey he never wore, since he had been left free three days after an exchange also involving the Timberwolves, and finally the Lakers, whom he joined in early March.

Nicknamed “Philly Cheese”

The final between the Angelenos and the Floridians from Wednesday, the native of Philadelphia, nicknamed “Philly Cheese” by LeBron James and his teammates, is therefore guaranteed to be crowned NBA champion for the first time in his career. Because he played three games with Miami at the start of the season (9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds on average in 14 minutes) and therefore joined the franchise from Los Angeles, taking part in 7 regular season games. (11.9 points, 2.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 23.6 minutes on average), and in 5 play-offs (2 points in 7.6 minutes), he who missed the end of the conference semi-final against the Rockets and then the final against the Nuggets due to a thigh injury.

Would the Heat give him a ring?

And if he has integrated well into the Lakers, where he appreciates “the atmosphere, the camaraderie” who reigns there. “They’ve been great since I’ve been here. They’ve welcomed me with open arms, like I am and I didn’t have to try to be someone else. I really don’t have to. complaining. And I’m grateful to them. I’m happy “, he admitted after his debut with his new team in the bubble. Waiters also believes that he has grown a lot since his first collaboration with James, in Cleveland in 2014-2015. But it was yet another slip that cost him his place at the Heat at the start of the season, when he had a panic attack on the team’s plane after having ingested a candy containing THC. It remains to be seen whether the Heat, if successful, would offer him a champion ring. Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and CJ Miles, transferred during the season to bring Marc Gasol to the Raptors, had thus not been entitled to it after the coronation of Toronto…

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