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ShareBullets: Seeing A Red Wizards Future, It Is What It Is

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Updated: August 12, 2010



A D.C. pic, links, and commentary …

[Somewhere in NW D.C., I can't remember ...]

My latest piece for SB Nation DC is called, “Steve Francis Doesn’t Even Own The D.C. Courts. Just Ask Curt Smith.” I probably was a little harsh on Francis, could be dubbed a hater. I’ll be that. His career fizzled because he couldn’t adapt his immense talent to play a winning brand of basketball as a point guard leader. Then, he comes out of the woodwork claiming he’s the best D.C. has had to offer since Len Bias. People are going to take issue with that, and one of them happened to be me. Oh well … it is what it is. Go read.

Seeing A Red Future

Ted Leonsis has essentially told everyone to chill out about changing the team name from Wizards … he’s a new owner, he has a lot to accomplish, that process takes a couple years to accomplish anyway (and it must be approved by other NBA owners). But Leonsis does like red, so one might expect a change in the team colors sooner than later.

All seem like fair points (in the addition to the idea that “Wizards” was chosen by the Abe Pollin regime, despite rigged contests that may tell you otherwise, and that there are sensitivities surrounding that issue).

Meanwhile, “Wizards” as the name of the NBA team in the nation’s capital remains pretty much the worst. But, it has to be dealt with/accepted for the unforeseen future. And I just heard Mike Miller say “It is what it is” all the way from Miami.

But I suppose John Wall “Game Changer” distractions help (we’ll take it! — plus, one day the team may be able to sell Wall retro/throw-back Wizards jerseys).

Another meanwhile … Mikhail Prokhorov, another new NBA owner with a lot to do (New Jersey Nets) has filed paperwork with the league to change the name of the franchise … even though it will be a couple of years before any such change can take place, as you know. The difference, I suppose, is that Prokhorov’s team will be moving from Jersey to Brooklyn not too long from now. Ted Leonsis’ team and the Verizon Center will be staying put.

A Wizards team official could not confirm whether or not any paperwork had recently been filed with the league, only that nothing would change for the 2010-11 season … clearly. A league official indicated that if a franchise wanted to change its team name or colors, paperwork must be filed 24 months prior to the start of the season when the team wants to make the change.

In that case, even if Leonsis filed paperwork right when he assumed control of the Wizards in early June, which surely he didn’t, the team colors will remain the same at least through the 2011-12 season. So, perhaps look forward a change for the 2012-13 season … according to the rules, there could always be a loophole (or a lockout).

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48 out of a panel of 93 ESPN experts (51.6% — myself included) are picking John Wall for Rookie of the Year.
[ESPN.com]

John Wall and Andray Blatche attended Tuesday night’s Mystics game, which was a big win for the home team.
[DC Sports Bog]

A good write-up on the late, great Gus “Honeycomb” Johnson, whose No. 25 Baltimore Bullets jersey is retired by the Wizards franchise, and who also will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this Friday.
[NBA.com]

Holly MacKenzie reminds us not to sleep on Shaun Livingston.
[The Basketball Jones]

John Wall used to have a Mohawk.
[SLAM]

Ken Berger reports that Carmelo Anthony’s desire to play for the Knicks is strong. Sorry Wizards fans … Ted Leonsis likely doesn’t want to be a mid to major player on the free-agent market until after the CBA is settled anyway.
[CBS Sports]

Recently spotted around D.C. via DC Fab: Andray Blatche and Caron Butler at the D.C. premier of “Takers”; Carmelo Anthony and Andray Blatche at Lux Lounge; and DeMarcus Cousins at Ben’s Chili Bowl … I hope his buddy John Wall wasn’t with him, Ted Leonsis might not like that very much.

{via DC Fab}

In lieu of Steve Francis, want a list of the top basketball players from the D.C. area? Jake Whitacre has you covered.
[SB Nation DC]

Remember ‘that’ Darvin Ham slam? Sure you do, now go watch again.
[SLAM]

Expecting things from Nick Young is getting tiring, but in case you were wondering …
[Wizards Extreme]

A SLAM basketball cover exists that pictures New Jersey Nets Sam Cassell, Kerry Kittles, Kendall Gill, Keith Van Horn and Jayson Williams with the caption: “Champs by 2001. Count on it.” Yes, I said it exists … Ball Don’t Lie’s Trey Kerby took a picture of it.
[@TreyKerby]

Ted Leonsis praises the Washington Post for their coverage of the Mystics and digs at TBD.com for their current lacking coverage of the Wizards.
[Ted's Take]

These are just predictions, people … save your outrage.
[Celtics Hub]

And now for your listening pleasure … some Fela Kuti …



3 Comments

  1. larry smith

    August 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    what? we are getting tire off is you all ways putting nick young down,what? nick young want is for you to go and crack some one else ball’s

  2. Kyle Weidie

    August 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    One thing we do know, Larry, is that this is a make-or-break year for Nick Young … and I hope he makes it.

  3. PYu

    August 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Agreed with Kyle. But I think this is the last we see of Young in a Wiz uniform. No matter how you slice it, Young appears to just not work very hard, especially on the defensive end. Granted he can explode and drop 20+, if he shoots poorly to start his game, he becomes a HUGE liability.

    We also have a deep backcourt and Young may not see a lot of minutes.

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