Heat’s Dion Waiters fined for speaking out about playing time
Waiters has been fined for comments other night
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 17, 2019
The amount of Waiters’ fine has not been released.
The former No. 4 overall pick is not happy with the amount of playing time he has received as of late. Waiters expressed his opinion after Tuesday’s 124-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks — a game in which he played just 11 minutes, scoring two points on 1-of-4 shooting from the field (0-for-2 from beyond the arc), two rebounds and one assist:
“[Expletive] patience!” Waiters told the Miami Herald. “I want to play. I’ve been patient long enough. What do I got to be patient for? Come on man. I’ve been patient. I think everybody knows that. It’s time. What are we waiting for? If I’m out there, play me.”
Waiters also added that he would like to be back in the starting lineup:
“The next step is being back in the starting lineup, [expletive] like that,” Waiters said. “Patience has run out. I’m tired of this. Get back to my regular self.”
When asked if he would mention this situation to head coach Erik Spoelstra, Waiters said, “I ain’t say nothing to nobody.”
Spoelstra declined to comment on the matter, according to the Miami Herald. However, he has said in the past that Waiters, who recently recovered from an ankle injury, needs to be patient, as the team has several talented players at his position.
The fact that Waiters is being fined should come as no surprise. Last season, the Heat fined Hassan Whiteside for a similar outburst about a lack of playing time.