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Dion Waiters contemplating to retire at 29 due to ‘politics’ in the NBA

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LA Lakers shooting guard Dion Waiters, who clinched his first championship title this year, revealed that he is considering to call it quits from the basketball court, accusing the NBA of politics.

Dion Waiters’ move to the Lakers from Miami Heat earlier this year in March became the most interesting move in his professional career, as, after 8 years in the NBA, Waiters clinched the championship ring, only months after he made his debut for the Lakers against LA Clippers on 30th July.

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2020 NBA Champion Dion Waiters thinking to hang his boots up

Dion Waiters
Dion Waiters only made seven appearances for the Lakers last season. (Image Courtesy: Getty)

The 29-year-old recently opened up about his feelings to the public. Earlier this week, Waiters went live on Instagram with the coveted championship ring on display, speaking about his contemplation about retirement from basketball, stating the politics in the league to be the factor.

“They think I’m playing,” Waiters said in the clip, “I been contemplating it though, about retiring. It’s the politics for me. Game-wise, we know what’s up.”

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“I just can’t do the politics, man. We ain’t going over that water. I’ll retire before that,” he added.

Check out the clip below, courtesy of YouTube channel NBA Season.

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A 2012 no. 4 overall draft pick, Waiters joined Cavaliers and later moved to Oklahoma City Thunder for one year, before he settled in Miami in 2016. After four years with Heat, the player was picked by Lakers this year, reuniting with hos former Cleaveland teammate and 2020 MVP LeBron James.

Despite being a sporadic player for the champions, Waiters earned the ring as per the league rules. He made seven appearances for Lakers, averaging 11.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 23.6 minutes per game.

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Back in July, his debut against Clipper proved to be vital for the Lakers. Coming off the bench, Waiters had scored 11 points, as well as two assists on 3-pointers, contributing a total of 17 points for his team which ultimately factored in for Lakers’ 103–101 narrow victory over Clippers.

Following the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, Waiters was released by the lakers and is currently without a team.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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