The Cleveland Cavaliers made a great choice last spring when they selected Syracuse guard Dion Waiters at number four overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. Waiters was one of the top prospects available and the Cavaliers had a need at the position — things certainly worked out in their favor.
Waiters enjoyed a very solid rookie season, and all things considered, was one of the best players on the roster in 2012. Posting averages of 14.7 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds and a steal per game, Waiters was a guy that sprinkled in a little bit of everything. Heading into this sophomore year, the Cavaliers can’t wait to see what’s in store for the young man.
Before he hits his sophomore season, though, Waiters may have some growing up to do. According to multiple reports, specifically Philly.com, Waiters hosted a party back on August 11th called “Splash First Class Part II NBA Edition” at a Perkasie town pool. Staff were told that 100 guests were expected, but more than 700 showed up.
Again, according to the reports, Waiters’ party featured alcohol use — which is prohibited at the particular location — and rumors say that there was drug use also. Of course the latter is strictly prohibited as well.
Plenty of the Perkasie residents were upset with the party and found it bothersome, therefore they held a meeting recently to discuss how it was allowed to happen and to further specify their set of regulations.
A few more regulations may be in order for Waiters, now, if the Cavaliers are to be certain he’s focused on maturing not only as a basketball player but as a young man as well. There’s a fine line between a party and breaking the law. Athletes throw parties all the time, and I’m sure some of them include banned substances, but when they get caught it completely deteriorates their reputation.
Waiters has the potential to be a leader on this team, and if he wants to step up and do that then maybe he should try following the rules in all areas of life, not just on the court.