It never fails. Right after the ending timeout buzzer sounds, the Verizon Center ‘Kiss Cam’ operator pans to a couple players on the opposing bench and giggles spread throughout the arena like a pandemic. I imagine that said cameraman is also crossing his fingers that he’s not by chance capturing the next John Amaechi in an uncomfortable situation.
But last Saturday against the Charlotte Bobcats, Juwan Howard served as not only a victim of boo-birds throughout the night, but also of Kiss Cam hijinx. No one is quite sure why Wizards fans hold a grudge against a man who simply took the money which was offered to him. Perhaps Howard was simply serving as an outlet for the frustrations of a lost season; either that or people just don’t like cats who get paid and then suck Nonetheless, as you will see in the photos and web hits below, Howard seemed to be a good sport about the whole ordeal.
Attended the game on Saturday (obviously), and one of the few highlights can be found courtesy of Mac G’s World…..JaVale’s Jam.
Butler made two foul shots and center Andray Blatche got a putback to fall, pulling the Wizards within one with 56 seconds left. But with the Bobcats denying Butler and Jamison a chance at heroics, Mike James, Andray Blatche and Nick Young all missed shots in the final 40 seconds.
It was the 14th time this season Washington lost after entering the final quarter with a lead — the last time coming on Christmas to Cleveland. And the late letdown wasted a stellar outing from the players considered to be the future of the franchise.
Juwan Howard still gets booed in Washington despite it being nearly 10 years since he’s played in a Wizards uniform. When Howard played for the Wizards, he signed a seven-year, $105 million dollar contract, and it was widely believed in the DC area that he did not deserve that money. Much like the way the Raptors fans need to get over the loss of Vince Carter and stop booing, the Wizards fans need to do the same with Howard. When I asked Howard if the booing bothered him at all, he looked at me, laughed, and said, “Man, I’m from Chicago, Illinois; of course, it doesn’t bother me.”
Allow a former teammate (Juwan Howard?) to go off for a season high (12 points!!!)? Check!
[Queen City Hoops]
I have to admit, I did not expect the Bobcats to fight back into once they got down by double digits. I did not expect them to hold onto their lead once Washington had a chance to regain it late. The Bobcats proved me wrong and I enjoyed every minutes of it (well, except the part where they got behind by a lot).
The Bobcats essentially did to the Wizards what most good teams usually do to the Bobcats; that is, the Cats slow-played the first two and a half quarters or so, weathered injuries to and off nights from some of their key guys, and eventually did just enough to scoot by an inferior squad in the fourth quarter.
[Tom Knott, Washington Times]
There is not a trace of hope in the house on Abe Pollin’s Fun Street. If Arenas becomes the next Penny Hardaway or Grant Hill – once All-Star players reduced to competent by injuries – the franchise will need five to seven years to recover.
Quote of the Game:
“F*ckin’ Wizards.” - random exiting passerby