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Updated: August 8, 2009

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Gil the leader ... more to come?

Gil the leader ... more to come?

No Jordan-Wizards Love

When the Miami Heat retired Jordan’s No. 23 in 2003, the original jersey Pat Riley raised to the rafters was half Bulls, half Wizards. Today, it’s all Bulls. (It sure is)

[Michael Lee – Wizards Insider, Washington Post]

The Audacity of Challenges

Saunders is even talking about challenging Arenas to be a top defender, something he apparently got away from since leaving Arizona. “We’ve been very open in how we’ve dealt,” he said. “I’ve dealt with lots of types of characters. But even when I’ve had a run-in with somebody, I’ve been able to get those guys to play at a high level.”

“Guys know that I have their best interest at heart. You don’t have to be confrontational with a guy if he’s doing what you ask him to do. Did I have some confrontations with Rasheed [Wallace]? Yes. He wasn’t maybe doing things I thought needed to be done for the team. But to this day, Sam did everything I asked. For the first time in his career, he went through every two-a-day in camp, which he had never done before. We gave him a medal when he did it.”

[Steve Aschburner – Sports Illustrated]

The Audacity of Predictions

“If he’s 70 percent, we’re still going to be good. But we need him on the court. It’s all on Gilbert. I don’t want to put pressure on him, because that’s my boy. I look at him as a best friend, brother. But it’s not pressure to him, because I know what he can do. If he’s healthy, it doesn’t matter what team we have.” -DeShawn Stevenson

[Michael Lee – Wizards Insider, Washington Post]

Jamison On The Starting Two Guard

“Yeah, that other guard spot, we’ll have to see how that shakes out. The way I look at it, it’s DeShawn’s job, and guys are going to challenge him for it. But the good thing is, we’ve got guys that can compete, can play multiple positions and help us in a lot of ways.” -Antawn Jamison

[Mike Jones – Wizards Outlet, Washington Times]

Haywood Scared of Undressing In Front of Marbury

What the HELL is wrong with Stephon Marbury?!!! Over the past week, he’s released some of the strangest and most disturbing videos I’ve ever seen (from his 24 hours of Marbury TV Marathon). In one clip he cries uncontrollably for 5 straight minutes with no shirt on while his homeboy rubs his shoulders – why, I don’t know?! In another clip, he eats Vaseline, claiming his throat is sore and that this would solve the problem. Not to be outdone, he has another clip where he dances to a song called “Barbie Doll!” That was very disturbing. If I was on his team, there’s no way I’m getting undressed in front of him after watching that…

[Brendan Haywood – Yard Barker Blog]

Haywood vs. Ruffin

I didn’t think playing Haywood against Zydrunas Ilgauskas would’ve made a difference in 2007 — the Wizards were headed for a quick first round exit without Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler. But I’ve talked to several players who are convinced that if Haywood, not Michael Ruffin, had been on the floor in the closing seconds of Games 3 and 5 in 2006, LeBron James would not have been able to pull off his infamous travels, um, finishes in that great series. Who knows what that would’ve done for this franchise?

[Michael Lee – Wizards Insider, Washington Post]

Playing The Taser

A case for Dominic McGuire to crack the rotation has to begin with what he’s done as a Wizard.  In a season where pretty much nothing went right, McGuire was the only guy who displayed some growth.  He was provided an opportunity when Ed Tapscott took over and did enough to earn over 26 minutes a game.

[Mike Prada – Bullets Forever]

Even more …

  • Mike Miller was the 2nd most underrated player in 08-09, Dominic McGuire was 3rd. [The Wages of Wins]

A Cavs Blogger On LeBron’s Playoff Handshake Snub Apology

I like the full apology about the media, and he said it for precisely the right reasons. However, I would’ve liked to see an apology for the no-handshake thing. I see LeBron’s point, but there was no game between these teams after the buzzer sounded, and it’s a common display of class. If shaking hands isn’t a big deal to you, then suck it up and do it, because clearly it is to some people. It doesn’t mean you’re accepting losing, it just means that you do the right thing in defeat and show class.

[John Krolik – Cavs: The Blog]

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