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Dion Waiters lashes out about playing time

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After another game of a small amount of playing time, Waiters didn’t hold his tongue.

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He was supposed to be the spark for the team.

That happened for one game and then he has barely seen the court for meaningful minutes. After getting less than 12 minutes in a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Dion Waiters couldn’t hold it in any longer.

“[Expletive] patience!” he said. “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.”

OK then.

Hassan Whiteside was fined last season by the Heat for a similar tirade about playing time. He’s been much better this season about accepting the unique role of playing for a team that is deep but not wide.

Waiters, who took an entire year off to recover from surgery, apparently wants right back into the starting lineup. He said, “The next step is being back in the starting lineup, [expletive] like that. Patience has run out. I’m tired of this. Get back to my regular self.”

It’s hard to blame him entirely for feeling this way. The Heat have been back and forth, at 21-21 they have days that they look like they can challenge the East and days they look like they should be in the lottery. It’s all or nothing for them.

Could more Waiters make a difference? Maybe, not sure. And without Goran Dragic, it doesn’t bode well for him that he can’t crack the big rotation. The Heat still aren’t playing Wayne Ellington right now, who set a franchise record for three-pointers last season. There’s a little bit of disfunction right now within all of this.

Waiters is just the first one to lash out about it.

What do you think about Waiters’ comments?