The Oklahoma City Thunder may have been eliminated from the playoffs in agonizing fashion, but that doesn't mean we can't still revel in the wonder that is whatever goes on in Dion Waiters' mind, regardless of when his revelations were actually made.
On Monday night, after Waiters' team fell in Game 7, a Kansas City radio reporter who doesn't know how to spell "Dwyane Wade" shared this old gem from Waiters' college days:
True Dion Waiters story from his Cuse days: he considered his game a combo of Kobe and Dwayne Wade so he had teammates call him Kobe Wade.
— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) May 31, 2016
Can't blame the guy for being confident I guess. Though you probably can blame him for being ignorant.
After a rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012-13 in which he averaged 14.7 points per game on 41.2 percent shooting overall and 31 percent from deep, Waiters continued comparing himself to Wade and Kobe Bryant.
"I’m coming. I just feel as though I’m next up as far as shooting guards," he said before the 2013-14 season. "If you look around, you know, Kobe [Bryant] and [Dwyane] Wade and those guys, they paved the way for a player like me and they’re almost done. It’s not like that, but I’m just saying, I’m coming. I just want everybody to know that.
"Without a doubt, I really believe that [I’ll eventually be the best shooting guard in the NBA]. This year, I’m going to show a lot of people who doubted me and still doubt me. I’m going to show them. And I don’t need praise and all of that. I just want to be respected. I’m coming. That’s all I have to say."
Someone should probably tell him that Kobe nor Wade would shoot 3-of-18 for a grand total of eight points in the last three games of a conference finals series his team once led 3-1.