It's not exactly like Dion Waiters starting all over again in returning from missing the last 10 games with a sore left knee, but there are some similarities to the start of his career here last summer. Before the Cavaliers made him the No. 4 pick in the draft, his agent had shut him down and he didn't do any individual workouts, partly because a team promised to draft him -- widely believed to have been No. 13 Phoenix -- and partly because he was recovering from some nagging knee injuries. As a result when he got to summer league, he wasn't in the best shape and wound up sitting out most of the camp. Of course, by that time, Kyrie Irving already had broken his hand, so the two never really got to play with each other before training camp. They've started just 34 games together this season. "I don't think they ever got into a flow yet," coach Byron Scott admitted before Wednesday's game against Detroit at The Q. Scott is still hoping his two young stars will develop a camaraderie. "I think it's important for him and Kyrie to play together," the coach said. "The more they can play together the better. They still have to get to know each other on the basketball court. Hopefully this summer, it would be nice if they got together and spent some time with each other as well, not only on the court but off the court. I think that's important." In the short term, Scott has doesn't know what to expect from Waiters. "I've seen him out shooting and going one-on-one with our [coaches], I don't know what to expect," he said. "From a conditioning standpoint, he's going to probably be winded. From as basketball standpoint, his timing and everything's probably going to be a little off. I think it just will be good for him to get his feet wet and get back out there. As far as what I expect, I'm not expecting a whole lot. I just really wanted him to get out there and play. It will be good to have him and Kyrie at times on the floor again. They need to be on the floor as much as possible."
Dion Waiters to try to get back into the flow
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 11