A rundown of the best recent web links.
Ted’s Email for the Wiz
Ted Leonsis has personally responded to Washington Capitals fans writing to him at WashingtonCaps@aol.com for years. Now his job has at least doubled, his new email address for Wizards fans is TheWashWiz@aol.com. Leonsis writes on his blog:
If you want to offer up advice; share ideas; critique; ask questions; or offer up good wishes regarding the NBA and the Washington Wizards, simply email me at Thewashwiz@aol.com. I will do my best to read and respond within 24 hours.
Thanks again. Be nice. Be interactive.
John Wall & His $25 Million Reebok Deal
Of course, as SB Nation’s Michael Tunison points out, Wall might want to change his Twitter profile picture because he’s with Drake he’s wearing a Nike shirt (and Wall already has). Oh yea, Wale also has that Nike Boots song. And don’t forget, Alex Ovechkin is with Reebok too.
Thoughts on Wall & Reebok …
His reported deal with Reebok is significant, considering shoe companies stopped reaping the benefits of huge contracts a while ago – with Durant the last player to sign a huge multi-million deal. Wall also has some history with Reebok, since he made his name for himself at the Reebok Breakout Underclass camp in Philadelphia in the summer of 2007. Wall wasn’t ranked nationally until he arrived, but his stellar showing pushed him to top as the most highly-touted prep prospect in 2009.
Reebok’s bid for Wall beat overtures by Nike and Under Armour, sources said.
It didn’t hurt Wall’s marketability that the big market Washington Wizards won the draft lottery and have the No. 1 overall pick. He’s expected to be the centerpiece of the franchise’s rebuilding process.
The favorite has long been seen as Reebok, which had the financial backing from parent company adidas to go after Wall, the heritage of making iconic shoes for one player without much of a larger roster of players (Allen Iverson and his long line of signature Reebok kicks) and a refocus on hoops with the brand’s upcoming Zig basketball shoe.
We also heard rumors that Iverson himself was part of Reebok’s pitch to sign Wall.
John Wall is determined to carve his own path.
He did not follow the William Wesley pied piper to his preferred agents. He did not follow LeBron James to his marketing agency.
And now he’s not going with Nike for his shoe deal. Or even Adidas.
And then there’s this:
[Wizards Extreme] Great post about John Wall, the jersey numbers he’s worn, and the place of those numbers in Bullets/Wizards franchise history.
[Sports & Life Ramblings] When John Thompson III is in the same room as a big time recruit at an awards banquet, things could get awkward.
[SB Nation] Jake Whitacre gives us 10 of the most bloggable moments from the pre-blog era of D.C. sports history.
[Slam] Ricky Rubio highlights and lowlights videos. Pretty good watch here. With all the other great young point guards in the NBA, I can’t wait until he comes over. Rubio should help boost the NBA’s economic health. Then again, all those young PGs could be the reason Ricky is biding his time.
[TrueHoop] Henry Abbott writes about when instant replay shows too much. Should there be an adjustment rule where a call they’re not reviewing gets considered? Sure. Why not? Stu Jackson claims doing so would make instant replay “unwieldly” … doesn’t sound like Jackson has a lot of confidence in the current institutional control over NBA referees.
[Sporting News: The Baseline] Is the NBA cultivating a culture where there’s too much of a focus on referees?
[Hot Hot Hoops] Matthew Bunch walks us through Tim Hardaway’s redemption.
[DCist] ESPN Zone is closing in D.C., among other cities. Several sources and pretty much anyone on the internet indicate the ESPN Zone’s food was over-priced, and combined with the place often being overcrowded (they used to charge table fees/minimums), the atmosphere stunk … despite the arcade. I only really care about what they’re going to put in that spot on the corner of E and 11th NW next.
[CSN Washington] Mike Jones says the Wizards will have plenty of options late in the NBA Draft.
[DC Fab] Big Tigger’s Celebrity Classic is going down this weekend. On the docket: Vince Carter and Kenyon Martin. Poor D.C.
[Slam] A look at the 2010 I-95 Elite Challenge, pitting D.C. versus Baltimore, featuring the top high school basketball talent in the region.
[Hoops Addict] Rashad Mobley wants the real Kevin Garnett to stand up.
[Sports Illustrated] Joe Posnanski tells us what Strasburg means.
[SB Nation DC] The Baseball Hall of Fame backtracks on Stephen Strasburg.
[MGoBlog] Blogger throw down at Blogs With Balls 3.
[Sabernomics] Physical proof of why fielding in baseball has gotten better.
[Kissing Suzy Kobler] Bros shouldn’t “Ice” bros, they should Burrito bros.
[The Sporting Blog] Aaron Rodgers blasts Tony Kornheiser.