The John Wall & Dion Waiters “Best Backcourt in the league beef” is getting interesting
The young duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal are and will continue to be one of the scariest backcourts in the league for years to come and on the Wizard’s Media day, Beal was asked which team did he think had the best backcourt in the league.
“That is a rhetorical question, you know that I am going to say me and John,” replied Beal. “I think we are definitely the best backcourt in the league. Just in terms of what we are capable of doing and the confidence we have in that. At the same time, we have to prove it.”
The one part that everybody took out of that answer was “I think we are definitely the best backcourt in the league” and one person who definitely disagreed with that excerpt was Cleveland’s Dion Waiters, who had this to say when asked about Beal’s comments.
“That’s nonsense,” Waiters said. “He supposed to say that, but I know deep down, he’s not messing with me and Ky. I think me and Ky are the best backcourt, young backcourt. That’s all.”
It’s not surprising that Waiters feels this way but I’m sure Cleveland fans are happy to hear Waiters compliment Kyrie Irving after last year’s reported beef that supposedly had to be settled in a players only meeting.
New Cavs LeBron was also asked about the potential of his new backcourt.
“It’s high,” James said. “It’s really, really high. Obviously we know what Kyrie is capable of doing and I believe Dion can do some great things, as well. His ability to shoot the ball, handle the ball, his strength, his athleticism. I told him on every team there’s a guy that they want to kind of place the blame on and it would be Dion on our team. I told him you can’t get involved in that or what people say about you. It’s not what people think of you, it’s about what you think of yourself. The only way to re-write the notion of, ‘Can Dion fit in this?’ is to play the right way and to dominate his opposition every single night. That’s all he should worry about.”
If Dion takes LeBron’s advice then he probably shouldn’t be too concerned with John Wall’s response to his “nonsense” comment.
“Why he (Waiters) think that? They haven’t seen a playoff game yet so when they make one, they can start talking,” said Wall. “But if you are going to be the best backcourt, you have to start. This is the year that he (Waiters) is probably starting, so let’s see if they are best back court. You gotta be a starting backcourt to say you are the best backcourt.”
Wall also threw a subtle diss at Waiters’ backcourt teammate.
“This is how I see it: I have never been healthy most of my career. The first three years I don’t make the playoffs. ‘I’m not a point guard, I can’t lead my team.’ You have other guys who haven’t seen the playoffs yet but have individual goals, like I said, they get all the praise.”
Although these are just opinions and we can’t say any of them are right or wrong, according to surveys on Bleacher Report (67.3%) and ESPN (56%), most people think the Wizards have the better backcourt.
LeBron also had this to say about Dion and things people say about him.
“From the outside looking in, it’s always kind of been Dion,” James said. “You know, ‘Can Dion play alongside Kyrie?’ And then when I came, ‘Can Dion take the role that D-Wade (Dwyane Wade) took? Is he a selfish player? Is he not a selfish player? Can he play without the ball?’ So, I’m not saying stuff that’s not already been said.
“I know how you guys will take a sound bite and completely turn what I just said. I’m saying stuff that’s already been said about Dion and I know that. So, for me as a leader of the team, he needs to understand that don’t worry about everyone is saying about him. It’s about us and it’s not about what everybody else thinks.”
Steph Curry – one half of arguably the best backcourt in the NBA – defended Waiters. Via SFGate
“What was he supposed to say? I would have said the same thing (about us). It was just like the thing with LeBron this summer. What are you supposed to say? I would say we’re the best backcourt. He’s going to say it. Russell (Westbrook) said he was the best PG yesterday. Everybody has got to be confident. If he would have said he had the second-best backcourt in the league, I probably would have gone over there and ragged on him all day.”
To be continued…..
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