40 Years in the Making

By Kenny van Doren (@SidelinesCuse)

The NBA Finals are finally around the corner. The scene is set; Lakers vs. Heat. The lucky thing for Syracuse fans is that for the first time in 40 years a former Orange hooper will win a ring. That player is Dion Waiters. 

Dion played at Syracuse for two years averaging 9.7 pts, 1.9 rb, and 2 ast. He was not the huge standout that you may have thought he was, but he led a Syracuse team to the Elite Eight in his second year. Dion ended up going 4th overall to the Cavs and since then he’s jumped around from the Thunder, to the Heat and now finally a Laker. 

Dion is already an NBA Finals Champion, because he played for the Heat earlier this season. The last player to be in this situation was Anderson Varejão in 2016-2017, when he went from Cleveland to Golden State. 

Dion is only the fourth former Orange to make it the NBA Finals. Marty Byrnes was a bench player for the 1980 LA Lakers – they ended up beating the Philadelphia 76ers. Dennis Duval was a bench player for the 1975 Washington Bullets, and they ended up losing to the Golden State Warriors. Duval later became the city of Syracuse’s Police Chief. Lastly, Bill Gabor was a role player for the 1954 Syracuse Nationals that lost to the Minneapolis Lakers in 7 games.

Dion’s Wikipedia page already says this:

However, don’t expect much from Dion in the Finals. If we see the “Philly Cheese,” the Lakers must be blowing out the Heat in game 5. Either way, we’ll be happy to see a former Orange win a ring!

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Ohio State Can’t Play – But Governor Allows High School Football

Ohio Gov. DeWine orders state employees to stay home until 2021 ...

Unless Kevin Warren and the Big Ten do some major backtracking, Ohio State will not be playing football this fall. However, the state of Ohio will be.

This morning, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that all high school sports are allowed to start next week. This includes football. So, if you’re a football junkie in the state of Ohio, you may just have to tune in on Fridays instead. Gov. DeWine had been working with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to set guidelines for fall competitions before giving the go-ahead.

Ohio high school football: Looking ahead to this weekend's state ...

However, you won’t be able to be a fan at these games unless you’ve got a family member on the team. Attendance will be limited to the family of players. But, football will be happening in the state of Ohio, and it appears Ohio State (and along with them, MAC teams Bowling Green, Ohio, Akron, Kent State, Miami and Toledo) will be left out of the fun.

Do you think Ohio State should have pushed back harder on the Big Ten, or do you think they made the right call? Either way this will be quite an unrecognizable season. Let us know what you think in the comments and on Twitter @Sidelines_SN.

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