[Thinking on 14th Street south of Thomas Circle, Washington, D.C.]
Who do you leave off the roster? A poll.
After the signing of Josh Howard, the Wizards’ “officially signed” roster has been pushed to 12: John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young, Howard, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, Yi Jianlian, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin, Hilton Armstrong and JaVale McGee. So, there are three spots left with at least four potential names to fill them (that is if Ernie Grunfeld decides to have a full roster of 15 right now).
First, there is Cartier Martin, to whom the Wizards have extended a qualifying offer of $1,029,389, according to Sham Sports, making Martin a restricted free-agent.
Then there’s James Singleton, whose rights the Wizards had to renounce to sign Howard, but the Washington Post’s Michael Lee reports that the team is still interested in Singleton or Fabricio Oberto.
Next there’s a position that could potentially be filled by a point guard … Lester Hudson anyone? Hudson has reportedly been invited to training camp, but will Grunfeld rather have another combo guard or a more traditional point? (Delonte West is now available BTW)
Finally, I haven’t even mentioned second round pick Hamady N’diaye. Does he have a future with the team? I’d like to think so since Grunfeld traded the 30th and 35th picks to Minnesota for the 23rd (where Trevor Booker, someone who was expected to go much lower, was selected), and the 56th (where N’diaye was taken) picks. N’diaye needs a lot of development, which could happen in the D-League if the team signs him, but that would also take up one of the final three roster spots.
So … assuming there won’t be any more deals (and assuming that Oberto is least in play), if faced with the decision today, who would you leave OFF of the Wizards’ final roster of 15 among the following: Singleton, N’diaye, Martin and Hudson (also knowing that Martin is the only guy for whom the Wizards currently have money on the table).
A break down of Kevin Seraphin.
A video I posted of a Seraphin individual workout with the Wizards in early July has received a lot of attention (almost 11,000 YouTube views). Since it was just a solo workout, and one in which Seraphin is recovering from injury, it’s hard to really gauge his skills. However, Sebastian Pruiti of NBAPlaybook.com has a more exhaustive video breakdown from Seraphin’s play in the French League.
What’s in a jersey #?
Seraphin will wear No. 13 for the Wizards … Mike James was the last member of the team to do so.
Details on Josh Howard.
NBA.com’s Art Garcia catches up with Josh Howard and reports that most teams were only offering him a one-year minimum of $1.3 million (the Wizards are giving him incentives that could push his one-year contract with the team from around $3 million to close to $4 million). Garcia also writes, “Howard said he’s been told by Wizards coach Flip Saunders that the opportunity to start is there once he’s ready.”
Not so fast, awesome lighting.
I was just bragging to someone last weekend about the multitudes of excellent changes and attention to detail brought on by Ted Leonsis, citing how the atmosphere would be changing for Wizards games, specifically, changing the court lighting to be more like Lakers and Knicks games aka “Stage Lighting.” Not so fast … as Leonsis has revealed on his blog that the lighting change can’t happen, for a number of reasons. Oh well, can’t win them all. Would’ve been nice though.
Andray Blatche on Twitter?
@drayblatche is not verified just yet, but his very first Tweet says:
“awwwwww shit here i go new to this shit”
Seems very Andray Blatche-like.
John Wall is a Wale fan.
Chillin in the airport ready to go home to the fam…but also waiting for my man @Wale #moreaboutnothing mixtape to drop!!!
Chris Jackson … Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf … is still balling at age 41 in Japan. He just signed for a second season with Kyoto Hannaryz of the Japan-BJ League. Last season he averaged 17.9 points on 48% FG, 31.4% 3PT and 87.1% FT in 38 games.
When I was young, I attended a ton of LSU Tigers basketball games with my dad, and had the privilege of seeing the likes of Jackson and Shaquille O’Neal up close. Below is a video from 1990 when Jackson scored 49 points against Tennessee and Allan Houston, who dropped 43 by the way. Jackson shot 14-32 from the field, 10-20 from beyond the arc and 11-12 from the free-throw line. LSU won 119-113.
Now here’s footage from when Abdul-Rauf played in Japan last season, in a league that featured the likes of Ace Custis (Virginia Tech), Isiah Fox (Arizona), Jerald Honeycutt (Tulane), Cory Violette (Gonzaga), Scott Merritt (Marquette), and Charles O’Bannon (UCLA).
Finally … Forbidden Battleship Island, some photos.
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