While We’re Waiting… Dion Waiters playing well early

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Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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This fella had a very nice game on Wednesday despite the loss: “Ideally, though, Waiters will learn to play off of Irving as more of a true shooting guard. He has to get better playing off the ball, and that will require a better understanding of space. Finding seams in opposing defenses for backdoor cuts and easy opportunities at the rim, moving along the perimeter to find the appropriate place to spot up, are skills that would allow him to be a real weapon alongside Irving.” [David Zavac/Bleacher Report]

Because who doesn’t want to relive terribly outdated Larry Hughes rap lyrics? [Ben Mathis-Lilley/Buzzfeed]

Cavs shooting more from the outside, per these awesome charts. Considering they don’t have many shooters outside Kyrie Irving and C.J. Miles (for now), I’m not so certain that’s a great idea. [Reuben Fischer-Baum/Deadspin]

Now THAT is a crazy stat: “Joe Haden had never entered a bye week with more than two wins in his career. He’d seen the Browns go a combined start of 6-14 (.300) before byes. This season, the Browns are 4-5 and it feels like they’re two games from clinching a division. Wednesday, the Browns left their locker room with a lot more confidence and a little more swagger than they have in recent seasons.” [Pat McManamon/ESPN.com]

There’s a crowd-funding opportunity to relive the 1964 Browns championship. Yeah, if you’re a WFNY fan, you should probably go do that. [Danny Tharp/Kickstarter]

Kinda neat, albeit meaningless, charts about the most exciting possible NCAA title game: “I want to determine the two most exciting unbeaten teams in college football so we can have the best championship game possible. To do this, I thought about what makes teams exciting and boiled it down to two categories: plays and drives. Individual plays can be exciting, and drives can have climactic or anticlimactic outcomes.” [Aaron Gordon/Sports on Earth]

Clearly, Urban was watching FOOTBALL last night: “And then comes the other dominating story of the week: games that will impact Ohio State’s fortunes. Meyer made it clear Tuesday that he’ll be watching the Thursday night games intently. Asked if he’ll be watching on the couch drinking a brew, Meyer responded with a gem. ‘The last time I called it a ‘brew’ I was 19,’ he said.” [Kyle Rowland/Eleven Warriors]

Assuming Stubbs is a non-tender guy, then yeah, we could be seeing more of this guy in 2014: “Most players with 92 career games played and just 187 plate appearances don’t usually have roles for the next season. And while Matt Carson may not have a guaranteed spot on the Opening Day 25-man roster for 2014, it appears the Indians may have a role that perfectly fits him.” [Mike Brandyberry/Did The Tribe Win Last Night?]

Looking back at a familiar lefty reliever option: “The reason Rafael Perez is on the list of offseason targets isn’t an attempt at a nice story or a reunion. One of the attributes I’ll look for in a player on the ugly list is a healthy season prior where the player can get over an injury, eliminate bad habits, and prepare for a normal offseason. Whether Perez had done well in Double A or Triple A or not is irrelevant. He made it through the 2013 season with experiencing a setback to the shoulder.” [Steve Kinsella/Wahoos on First]

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’d imagine that the addition of Jarrett Jack is almost the entire reason behind the increase in shots outside of 15-feet from last season to this season. We replaced Shaun Livingston, a guy who never shoots outside of 15-feet, with Jarrett Jack, a guy who shoots almost exclusively from that range. I’m fine with it as long as Jack gets his percentages up.

    To a lesser extent, we can probably also add Anthony Bennett to the blame. He’s in an exclusive relationship with the long jump shot right now.

  • boomhauertjs

    I thought with Francona coming in, we were done with the Matt Carson’s of the world being anymore than AAA roster filler.

  • Harv 21

    “A year ago, his four-game suspension was a key reason the Browns lost their first four games. As the season went on, he had other issues with practice and promptness.”

    Never heard this reported before, and if true what a poor reflection on Haden. Your best player returns from a team-damaging extended suspension with a bad attitude, despite all his press pronouncements about having learned a lesson, etc. And as bad as Holmgren’s choice of coaches seemed at the end of last year, a rook coach like Chud makes it look even worse as more time passes. Ugh.

  • Natedawg86

    Just wait until Special K makes it into the picture…I SHOOT THREE

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I’d love to see him get some time off the bench.