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Wizards Summer League Game 1 – What They Say

Updated: July 15, 2008

Getting hyped over a Washington Wizards NBA Summer League game? You betcha…..and why not?

Sure you can go check out the Game Blog on Bullets Forever, as well as the box score….but below, you will find some select comments from the World Wide Web.

Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers will be shown on Comcast on Wednesday at 8 pm DC time….and on NBA.com as well (30 minute delay I believe).

“I want to be a better defender. That and learn the plays better.”
Nick Young [Lang Whitaker’s favorite summer league quote so far]


He [Andray Blatche] lost concentration a lot on the glass and allowed his man lots of offensive rebounds. Then, there’s the last possession, where he had the ball knocked out of his hands, allowing the Blazers to rebound Bayless’ missed free throw. It encapsulated everything maddening about Blatche. He can look so physically imposing and yet be so mentally weak.”
Pradamaster, Bullets Forever


“Of all the guys, [Nick] Young probably let me down the most. I was expecting to see him attacking the basket and showing renewed commitment defensively, but instead, he was breaking plays, shooting fadeaways all over the court and allowing Bayless to blow right by him. His final stat line looked good, but believe me, he stunk tonight.”
Pradamaster, Bullets Forever

“well, NY looked exactly like last year. not a good thing. he’s just not a basketball player. all he can do is shoot (and pout). bayless made him look like a high schooler.” [sic all over]
Commenter Stevie on Wizards Insider

Nick Young — Like Blatche, there was good and bad. He started off shooting poorly, terrible shot selection. Then settled down a bit and really had his shot going. He’s got a sweet shot, just needs to be more patient. Still can’t play defense, but there’s time.”
Mike Jones, Wizards Outlet


[Jerryd] Bayless got the Dwyane Wade treatment, and deservedly so, angling his way to the rack all night long, absorbing the contact, and knocking down his freebies. A truly rare and exceptional performance.”
Danny Ourian, NBADraft.net


MEMO To HAYWOOD: Stay healthy and Watch ya back homie; this guy [JaVale McGee] could be our starting Center before you know it….”
Les Bullez

“The craziest stat of the night was that [JaVale] McGee had zero defensive rebounds in the entire game. Zero! He should have had one on the final possession, but he allowed the fall to fall out of his fingers. Project or not, no seven-footers should have zero defensive rebounds in a Summer League game.”
Pradamaster, Bullets Forever

[JaVale] McGhee [sic] is a keeper. He show some flashes with his passing, blocking, and low post moves. All he need is one to two years under his belt and gain at least 40 more pounds. He going to be much better than Haywood. As for Blatch, Young and the rest of the second year players, I think they’re just there to be playing just to be playing.”
Commenter DeMj on Wizards Insider

“The Wizards would be the first ones to tell you that he [JaVale McGee] is two or three years away. Still, you can’t ignore his physical tools. The guy is a freak, look at his arms and athleticism. He just needs to learn how to play.”
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress via True Hoop


[Petteri] Koponen, the Finnish guard selected by the Blazers a year ago but stashed away overseas this past season, gave the crowd something to be excited about as he got it going in the 2nd half, draining three long range jumpers in a row as the Wizards continually failed to go over the top of the screen and show hard on this bomber. He made them pay, hitting on 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.”
Danny Ourian, NBADraft.net


[Frank] Elegar looked like he belonged on the court and played well. A definite NBA body as well! He looked better than McGuire
on this night. Guess we will see how it plays out.”

Commenter Rob P on Wizards Insider


“Overall, impressed with the Wiz attitude and the manner in which they played the game. They were aggressive and competed very well. I’m looking forward to seeing them again and hoping that Dee Brown can have a much better game.”
S.E. on WashingtonWizardsBlog

“Did you guys see the look on Eddie’s face when Young Nick’s “big three” was mentioned. He was like, “Damn kids.” Then he quipped that everybody in summer league thinks they’re Gilbert Arenas. Classic. I love when Eddie trashes the young guys. Same thing Bill Parcells, Joe Gibbs and Pat Riley would say.”
Commenter Unselds on Bullets Forever

Taj McCullogh runs funny, but it’s an inspiring kind of funny run.”
Jake The Snake, Bullets Forever

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