Los Angeles Lakers guard Dion Waiters has yet to officially score a point for his new team, but his teammates have already voiced their support by referencing one of his nicknames which originated from his days with the Miami Heat, per ClutchPoints' Ryan Ward.
“They call me ‘Philly Cheese, that's my name,” said Waiters, who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Waiters played in Miami from 2016 through 2019. However, he suited up in only three games for the team in a troubled fall of 2019.
But with the threes, Danny Green started saying “say cheese,” to encourage Waiters to shoot—something he very much likes to do.
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Waiters expressed his appreciation for his Lakers teammates for making some noise, as he tends to rely on the crowd to energize him during his heat checks.
“It feels good. You know, that's the only thing I got. Some guys like myself, we like to play off the crowd. But if your teammates are there supporting you, it's like a win-win.”
The top-seeded Lakers (49-14) tip off the official start of the NBA's resumed 2019-20 season on July 30 against the L.A. Clippers. They hope Waiters can convert the cheese into points, as he—and recently signed shooting guard J.R. Smith—will be expected to carry some of the load in the backcourt as the team compensates for Avery Bradley's absence and Rajon Rondo's thumb surgery that may keep him out 6-8 weeks.