Dion Waiters yet to accept role in Cleveland Cavaliers plans

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are yet to hit top gear four games into their 2014-15 NBA season, winning just one of their match ups so far.

In fact they are yet to get out of second gear for the most part as teething problems continue to hamper the newly assembled roster of stars. With the All-Star additions of LeBron James and Kevin Love many had expected the Cavaliers to ease into the role of top team in the Eastern Conference.

Tough transition

But with rookie NBA coach David Blatt struggling to oversee a smooth transition from NBA bottom feeders to a franchise sitting at the top table, it seems that one player in particular is yet to accept the new role required of him.

Dion Waiters began the season alongside LeBron, Kyrie and Kevin in the Cavaliers starting line up, charged with stretching the game and making the open jumpers the play of his teammates would inevitably provide. But after a difficult few games in which he struggled to mesh with the new look roster he has seen his spot taken by Shawn Marion.

And while he has spent much of this week's practice working on his catch-and-shoot play, his reaction when asked if that would become his role in the Cavaliers team will hardly breed confidence amongst Cleveland fans and staff.

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"That's not my game," Waiters told Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.

"I can do it, but you know what I'm effective at: pick-and-roll and things like that."

Wrong attitude

Waiters' comments may be factually correct - in his three years in the NBA he has never been a catch and shoot kind of player. His pros come in getting his hands on the ball and making plays.

Unfortunately for him though the Cavaliers just found a couple of guys better than him at that and the sooner he realizes that the better.

Waiters' comments show he is missing the point. As LeBron noted this week, people are going to have to make sacrifices to their individual game if they want to make a run at the title. Until Dion Waiters takes that on board and embraces the challenge of adapting he might well find his new role in Cleveland looks suspiciously like a bench spot.

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