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Mike Prada on Bullets Forever writes that Kirk Hinrich is a real pro.
Hinrich’s demeanor reminded me of something I wrote back during the year. When Antawn Jamison left for Cleveland, I wrote this post discussing what I felt was the difference between being a leader and being a pro. Jamison was a pro, but he was miscast as a leader because he tended to get frustrated when people didn’t listen to him. The Wizards, at the time, had pros (Caron Butler, Jamison, Darius Songaila, Mike Miller, Randy Foye, etc.), but needed a leader, and Jamison wasn’t the right guy.
But now, the tables have been turned. The Wizards have a leader, and his name is John Wall. It’s pros that they need who will set a good example and shun the spotlight. Kirk Hinrich provides that.
The Washington Post’s Michael Lee writes:
Kirk Hinrich wanted to keep him from driving into the lane, force him to take a difficult jumper, and Gilbert Arenas did exactly what Hinrich wanted. But when Hinrich and Tyson Chandler lunged toward Arenas in Game 5 of the Chicago Bulls’ first-round series against the Wizards in 2005, they were unable to alter Arenas’s shot or prohibit it from splashing through the net and providing the franchise’s greatest moment of the past decade.
Here’s how the kids reacted to Hinrich in D.C. via Trey Kerby.
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Jerry Hartman, a basketball coach based in Virginia, will be taking over Wizards coverage for Hoops Addict this season. In his debut, Hartman writes the below about John Wall and his off-ball offensive movement.
The few times I saw Wall play off the ball against New Orleans I thought he did an okay job moving and getting open. The fact that Wall has dominated the ball at just about every level he’s ever played at means that he will struggle from time to time if forced to play off another guard (i.e. Gilbert Arenas or Kirk Hinrich). He will have to resist the urge to stand and watch. I do think the Wizards would be wise to run some sets with Wall playing off the ball much like Kentucky did. These were usually set plays that ended with Wall on the receiving end of lob pass for a dunk. I think we will see some of those this season.
Sebastian Pruiti of NBAPlaybook.com has several videos breaking down John Wall’s summer league debut. I’m skeptical of Wall’s jump shot — in that he has a lot of work to put in before it improves, not that it can’t improve. His mechanics seem to be too inconsistent, and he misses right or left, not long or short, way too much. That being said, I’m not as discouraged after seeing the first couple of clips in Pruiti’s post.
Truth About It.net is featured as the 71st reason to watch the NBA in 2010-11 (thank you John Wall!).
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Also, on Monday I made a guest appearance on The Pulse Network to talk about John Wall and the Wizards with Butch Sterns on the Sports Buzz. Here are YouTube links to my segments: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
The story of Lester Hudson has also been covered on TAI. On Monday Hudson Tweeted that he got an invite to training camp. Assuming it’s with the Wizards and true, I’m glad to hear this news.
Cleveland Cavaliers blogger John Krolik is sad that the arrival of Ramon Sessions also means the loss of Sebastian Telfair.
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A reader at SB Nation T-Wolves blog Canis Hoopus breaks down Bill Simmons’ greatest hits (part 1).
And finally, this is Yao Ming and new Wizard Yi Jianlian.
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