The Heat have fined the seven-year veteran for his remarks after the team’s 124-86 loss to the Bucks on Tuesday.
Dion Waiters’ comments will cost him.
The Heat fined the seven-year veteran for his remarks after the team’s 124-86 loss to the Bucks on Tuesday. According to a report from The Sun-Sentinel, Miami determined Waiters’ conduct was “detrimental to the team.”
The team would not specify the amount, the report noted.
Waiters was clearly frustrated after the Heat’s third loss in five games.
“F— patience!” Waiters said after playing just under 12 minutes in the contest. “I want to play. I’ve been patient long enough.”
According the the report, Waiters addressed reporters Thursday and said he was moving forward and “that venting about his minutes was how he wanted to deal with the frustration at the time.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra also spoke with media and expressed he wanted to move past the situation.
“We fined him and we addressed it as a team yesterday,” he said. “Obviously, it’s not acceptable behavior particularly coming off of the type of disappointing loss we had the other night.
“Look, this is going to be very difficult for Dion. I have empathy for everything he’s gone through in the last year to get back to where he is right now. … But, this is not about him. This is only about the team and it’s about winning and I expect him to get in great shape and great rhythm and be prepared every single night to earn his opportunities.”
Waiters, who was the 11th man for the Heat on Tuesday, has been available for seven games this season after returning from a nearly year-long absence with an ankle injury.
He hasn’t made a start since and appeared in just five of those seven games.