Wizards Sunday Links; Is Mike James Going To Stab Someone?
via Mike James’ Twitter …
But he seems like such a nice guy!…
Well … the preseason ended on a poor note Friday in Chicago. Meh. At least the Wizards’ preseason mantra of “It’s just the preseason” can no longer be used … cheers all around.
Wizards vs. Bulls
The only positives that can be taken from this game? Nobody else got hurt and the preseason is finally, mercifully, over.
If you thought the Wizards couldn’t look worse than they did against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, then you missed the entire second half against the Bulls. That’s when the Wizards decided that they were ready for the regular season. They were outscored 52-31, missed 25 of 34 field goal attempts, and got outrebounded 29-11. They seriously packed it in.
Arenas had arguably his worst game this preseason as Agent Zero himself looked a little lost against the Bulls. Arenas did score a team high 15 points, but he shot only 3-12 from the field with four assists and four turnovers. Also contributing for the Wiz off the bench were Andray Blatche who scored 14 points in just under 28 minutes. Blatch also grabbed 8 boards and had a blocked shot. Randy Foye also added 11 points on 5-12 shooting.
Wizards vs. Other D.C. Pro Teams
It’s one thing for people to loathe how a franchise is put together or how it performs; it’s another not to matter. The Wizards went back to not mattering last spring, virtual irrelevancy, a place the Nationals only truly know.
But it’s too cheap and easy to make the 2009-10 Wizards about any other team in this area. Don’t let your burgundy-and-gold depression cloud your outlook. They play in the only hopeful arena in town these days. Beyond the Wizards, Verizon Center is currently home to just about the greatest North American team-sport athlete alive. (At this moment, I would take Alex Ovechkin slightly ahead of LeBron James.)
An Anonymous Eastern Conference Executive on Gilbert Arenas
“The worst thing that can happen is that he’s neither. He’s a hell of a player, as good as they come in the league, but I don’t know if Gilbert is capable of taking the foolishness out of his lifestyle in order to be a leader. I also don’t know if he’s able to take the ego and pride out of his game to be a follower. [Leadership] has been a fundamental issue with the Wizards and it will continue to be until it is solved in one way or another, whether it’s through the head coach, the players or the management.”
Damn Stat Guys
[Via The Wall Street Journal] … The ‘stat’ guys at Basketball-Reference.com crunched some numbers, history, and the what-not to “simulate” 10,000 NBA seasons and calculate how many times each team would win the NBA title. To prove how silly/pointless of an exercise this was, according to BBR, “one team went winless 92 times in 10,000 seasons.”
To further illustrate the silliness, the Wizards only won the NBA championship twice out of 10,000 times … the absolute least of all 30 NBA teams. Less than the Kings (3), the Clippers (6) the OKC Thunder (9), and the Grizzlies (24).
HUH? Yea, exactly.
- ‘Time no luxury for Wizards’ by Mike Jones, Washington Times
- ’14 players in a new system: Mike Miller’ by Mike Prada, Bullets Forever
- Brendan Haywood believes some things are best left unsaid [via his blog]
- Star Tribune.com: Antonio Daniels could end up in Cleveland? Yuck. [via Bullets Forever]
Wizards Salute The Stars
Last week, the Wizards put down the basketballs and honored military men and women who serve our country. The ‘Salute The Stars’ day of service took place at Morton’s Steakhouse in D.C. where the Wizards served up food and drinks to all members of the military in attendance. Here are some classic pictures from the event which was in conjunction with the ‘Wizards Care’ community service program.
[pictures via WashingtonWizards.com]