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Dion Waiters Posts Incredible Fitness Update, Sends Message to His Haters
- Updated: July 16, 2019
After having endured plenty of online insults over his physical fitness, Waiters went on social media late Monday night to show off his new physique and clap back at his detractors.
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Last year when I came off 1 of the most depressing & frustrating times of my life. Coming off injury & not feeling like myself nor looking like myself I was in a dark place mentally & physically , Because the game I love so much was taken away due to season ending surgery. Now a days with this social media ran world they laughed at me made jokes etc not knowing what I was battling or going through everyday. So instead of me joining the circus I told myself you from (Philly) you’ve been through worst shit in your life than this. So I promise myself I would work my ass off & get back to where I was before the injury. I’m not done yet but I kno somebody in the world prolli needed to hear this. Stay positive block out the outside noise & grind. #Philly🧀 #stayTune
Waiters injured his ankle in March 2017 and missed the remainder of that season. After rejecting surgery that would have kept him out for an extensive period, he tried to play with the nagging problem through the 2017-18 campaign.
That effort came to an end after just 30 games, when Waiters underwent ankle surgery in January 2018. Despite hopes that he would be ready for training camp for the 2018-19 season, he didn’t make it back on the court until January of this year.
The delay in Waiters’ rehabilitation caused ample criticism directed at him for his apparent weight gain and lack of fitness. Even after he did return to play, he displayed moments of frustration regarding a lack of playing time.
Waiters ended up starting in 28 of the 44 games that he played in during the 2018-19 season, averaging 12.0 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game. Those numbers are close to his career averages, though it’s readily apparent that he’s making every effort to boost those numbers this season.
Given the acquisition of Jimmy Butler and a possible deal for Chris Paul, Waiters’ amount of time on the court could again be in question. Even before those situations, the Heat had looked at possibly trading the veteran who is set to begin his eighth season in the NBA.
Whether or not the Heat are successful in fashioning a deal, Waiters is making every effort to either be a solid contributor to the Heat or to show other franchises that he’s ready to play.