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(*) Josh Howard is the subject of a recent post by Zac Crain on Free Darko. Interesting stuff. If I can get the gist: Michael Finley kinda caught basketball cancer from Michael Jordan, and in turn gave that cancer to Josh Howard whereas Howard went from doing the little things to settling for fade-away jumpers. Reminds me of Caron Butler, a little. My take: if defense is preached first, and Howard listens, he can return to a solid all-around player. Oh, and if his knee gets better.
(*) Trevor Booker, after the Las Vegas summer league, participated in the development camp of Denver Nuggets assistant coach Tim Grgurich, as reported by the Washington Post’s Michael Lee. Grgurich was an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks during Ernie Grunfeld’s tenure as their GM.
(*) Al Thornton had a quick Q&A with WashingtonWizards.com … he’s working on his ball handling this summer. Good, he needs to. For some reason I get the intuition that Thornton is this generation’s Harvey Grant, but beefier.
(*) Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie ranks Gilbert Arenas as the 13th best shooting guard in the NBA … right between Jamal Crawford (12) and Ben Gordon (14). Yikes. Dwyer writes, “Washington, desperate to trade him, will no doubt feature Gilbert for big minutes.”
Which makes me wonder, as I do get the feeling that Arenas will eventually be traded, what type of sendoff will Gil, and the team, provide for the Washington fans? Or will some far-fetched, but plausible story of a man who has twice gone zero to hero be worth the money?
(*) The Washington Wizards are holding open tryouts for a new P.A. announcer. On the application form, you’re asked to name your favorite Wizard. I’d be interested to see the results of the submissions.
(*) Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling doesn’t really know the name of one of his team’s summer signings, former Wizard Randy Foye, recently referring to him by saying ‘what’s the other guy’s name?’ — via The LA Times. Kevin Arnovitz of True Hoop analyzes and writes:
Try to imagine you’re at a business gathering, maybe a trade show. Your boss holds court in one corner of the room. He’s surrounded by people who are insiders in your industry — some of whom know you personally, while others are only vaguely familiar with your work.
The next morning you find out through a third party who doesn’t even work for your company that your boss told those insiders he has no idea why the company hired you (only he called you “Whatshisname.”).
(*) I recently participated in a ‘what would you offer for Carmelo Anthony post’ at the Roundball Mining Company, the TrueHoop Network Denver Nuggets blog. I offered Gilbert Arenas, Andray Blatche and two first rounders for Anthony and Renaldo Balkman. I know, seems like a lot to give up. And yes, not with the philosophy of Ted Leonsis, nor the likely direction of Denver (although, I’m sure it wouldn’t be that hard for them to pawn off Arenas). I wouldn’t do it.
I was simply putting together an offer that might entice. However, make it Arenas, Blatche and a 2012 first rounder (don’t the Wizards have enough young players to develop anyway, or is that argument moot in Leonsis’ ‘stay the course’ plan?), and guarantee ‘Melo to an extension (via an extend-and-trade), and I might be enticed myself. But it’s not happening.
(*) Mike Prada dives deeper into what Yi Jianlian needs to do: shoot more threes (and hopefully make them).
(*) Michael Lee reports on the NBA rookie transition program that John Wall and Trevor Booker attended.
(*) Ted Leonsis evidently likes to throw kids in pools to see if they can swim. He also suggests that the Post’s Michael Lee needs to “chill out.”
(*) I recently gave my opinion on five burning questions surrounding the Miami Heat. Check it out.
(*) Did the D.C. Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg get in some kind of Twitter spat with the Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall via Chris Cooley?
[Sports Yack On Tap]
(*) Kentucky fans are already claiming that Brandon Knight is better than John Wall.
[College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN.com]
(*) John Wall’s first rookie card.
(*) Could Monique Currie of the Mystics be the WNBA’s MIP?
(*) D.C. playground legend … “Sponge Bob.”
(*) 1992 City Champs.
[Eye On Springfield]
(*) The History of the Internet, Visualized.
(*) Good read about what happened when Tila Tequila went to the Gathering of the Juggalos.
(*) Check out ‘Mandatory’, the new track from …
[The Five One]
(*) And finally, a Kevin Seraphin highlight mix.