Under The Hoop: Wizards Game 69 vs. The Charlotte Bobcats
[Editor's Note: Wizards games aren't just about basketball, they're about the whole fan experience. And Truth About It.nets bring you that experience from up close. Here's the debut edition of 'Under The Hoop' -- pictures and commentary by TAI photographer Adam Douglas from last Tuesday's match-up against the Charlotte Bobcats.]
7-Day Dray decided to play only seven minutes because he did not hustle back on defense after this shot.
“Who You Got?”
The ACC MVP, Maryland Terps star baller Greivis Vasquez had court side seats and was a crowd favorite.
Here is Andray highly involved in the strategic planning during a time out.
Before the game, about 40 grade school children in “Blatche’s Bunch” t-shirts watched Blatche during shoot-around; the group sat in the Upper Deck for the contest. Yo Dray, way to follow up your good deeds for children by embarrassing yourself in front of them.
If only Dray would’ve allowed Flip Saunders to coach him, like JaVale McGee is doing here, the whole benching event never would have escalated.
Big Daddy Wookie struggling to post up down low.
This cute fan sat in the front with her brother and parents. She and her brother were yelling for Blatche to get in the game.
Alonzo, “Life as a Gee”, nailed a corner three ball as first period buzzer went off.
The loudest ovation of a Wizards game usually occurs when free food, or pretty much free anything, is involved. People love them some Chipolte.
Here’s an NBA ref getting in on the burrito giving … but they better not give any tips to the ball boys. That’s now been banned by the league.
Fab and Big Game James lock arms to form a formidable double screen.
BET founder and gazillionaire, Robert Johnson rolled by at halftime.
Johnson just sold the Bobcats to Michael Jordan and made sure to bash the city of Charlotte on his way out the door.
The old vet Theo Ratliff is still in the league, and even starts. He’ll be 37 in April.
The game was tied with eight seconds left and Charlotte was preparing to in-bounds the ball. Al Thornton and Gerald Wallace had some beef.
Big Country Al seemed ready to throw down, but the ref kept telling both players that this is not way to decide a game. Cooler heads prevailed but jury is still out on what Wallace did to irritate Al.
Fans love to pose for pictures with the Wizards Girls.
S-Jax: “Where was the foul on that one?”
Ref: “Sorry Stephen, I missed it.”
S-Jax: “Shit man, do you know how many times you told me that today?”
Luke Russert, the man GE/NBC/MSNBC decided represents the youth in America on TV. It must be the wicked belt-cell phone clip combo. Luke was chatting up a hot redhead Wizard dance girl. Play on Playa.
Tyrus Thomas throwing it down.
Wallace might have been the best player on the court but Greivis was the one almost every fan in the arena wanted to meet.
If an opposing player misses both of their foul shots on a trip to the line, the whole crowd gets a free sandy. Yes, this also elicits a huge ovation.
Famous Wizards and Arenas hater, Tony Kornheiser, chats up Bobcats coach Larry Brown before the game. Per usual, Kornhieser departed before the game started because, well, he isn’t a true D.C. sports fan.
Gerald Wallace never smiles, ever.
The Kiss Cam is always a popular segment at Wizards games. This pair was all “Hell No” when being publicly pressured to smooch.
Mike Miller, aka, “Mr. Glass”, slightly rolls his ankle and made quite a display of discomfort. Oh, he was back in the court less than five minutes after this picture.
Greivis was interviewed and was extremely well spoken. The crowd erupted after he thanked everyone for their support and proclaimed, “I love all of you.”
Flip’s right hand man is assistant coach Randy Wittman. Coach Wittman is constantly yelling throughout the game and often displays his Bobby Knight Indiana pedigree. Personally, he reminds me more of the chair throwing Knight persona.
In honor of his boy Glibert Arenas, Larry Hughes wears zero.
G-Man loads up his t-shirt launcher. So someone at the Verizon Center usually has ammo.
Boris Diaw was complaining about calls, the ref warned to’ T’ him up.
It is hard to not root for the two little guys.
Wizards were down three with 11 seconds remaining when Al Thornton took an off-balance step back three…..
Cash money, tie game, and Randy Foye loves the finger cheer.
The NBA under the hoop is fantastic.
Latino Big Pimpin’.
My first post game NBA press conference was a memorable one as Flip flipped out over Blatche’s pouting act.