Wizards Videos: Top 10 Plays, Dray Day at Nats Park & Cheerleader Auditions
Some recent Washington Wizards videos that you might have missed ….
Number ten on the Wizards’ top plays of the 2009-10 season is of particular interest … because one could argue it was the play of the year (or perhaps the play of the last five years), but it also could have been one of the worst bad luck plays imaginable. And it’s nothing more than a Cedric Jackson game-winning three-pointer that gave the Wizards a 98-97 victory over the Indiana Pacers in the last game of the season. So what significance is that?
It’s of John Wall-level significance.
Let me explain by quoting something I wrote on the night of May 18th when the Wizards won the NBA Draft Lottery:
Irene Pollin spoke before the fourth quarter of the last game of the season. The Wizards, down by six and looking everything like a 25-win team heading into the final 12, came back to beat the Indiana Pacers by one point. Flip Saunders played his most inexperienced, least talented squad down the stretch. But little-used Cedric Jackson bucked and scored the last five points of the game.
That win, much to the chagrin of tanking proponents at the time, tied the Wizards with the 26-56 Golden State Warriors and not the 25-57 Sacramento Kings. Who knows what would have happened if the Wizards had a tie-breaker with the Kings. Just know that the Wizards lost their tie-breaker with the Warriors and jumped both Golden State and Sac-Town on their way to No. 1.
So, thank you Cedric Jackson … in an odd way. Oh, and sorry that the Wizards rescinded, by the July 23rd deadline, a qualifying contract offer that had previously been extended to you. Guess that’s what you get for wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers issued bag in the Wizards’ locker room last season.
Andray Blatche invited Wizards season ticket holders to a recent Washington Nationals game, which also happened to be ‘Dray’s first visit to Nats Park. In the video below, he butchers the Star-Spangled Banner, shows off his batting technique, and tries to convince Nats manager Jim Riggleman to offer him a contract. Oh yea, Blatche isn’t even recognized by the MLB umpires … hopefully after next season, ‘Dray, hopefully. One ump asks him if he’s ever fouled-out of a game. “Probably twice,” Blatche answered.
For the record, he achieved six fouls four different times in 2007-08 and twice in 2008-2009, so six total foul disqualifications in his career. He didn’t even foul out once last season, achieving a career-best 3.5 fouls per 36 minutes. His previous fouls/36 tallies are as follows: 7.4 (2005-06); 5.0 (2006-07); 5.5 (2007-08); and 4.5 (2008-09). That’s improvement folks.
And finally … 5, 6, 7, 8 … A behind-the-scenes look at the 2010-2011 Wizard Girl auditions. Was the dance troupe on Ted Leonsis’ list of needed improvements?
I can’t remember.
[John Townsend assisted with gathering video and comments.]