A D.C. pic, links, and commentary …
[Mount Pleasant at night; Mt. Pleasant St. and Lamont St., NW, Washington, D.C. - K. Weidie]
As reported by Michael Lee of the Washington Post, James Singleton has decided to sign with the Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
[James Singleton points to a place in the sky.]
Mike Prada at Bullets Forever bids farewell to ‘Big Game James’, observing:
“With few noticing, Singleton emerged as a key role player for the Wizards last year. He changed his game from being a jump-shooting small power forward to being a rebounder that did the dirty work. His positive outlook was infectious in keeping what should have been a dour clubhouse loose, and he became very close with Andray Blatche in particular. (I am forever convinced that Blatche’s success last season would not have happened without Singleton being around keeping him at ease). But that’s the thing: few noticed. It’s tough to get much attention as a glue guy for a 26-56 team, especially one with as anonymous a name as James Singleton.”
This reminds me of the time Singleton stood up for Andray Blatche. Several games after Andray’s ordeal with not wanting (essentially) to go back in the game, a reporter asked Blatche, paraphrasing, about how that incident affected him and pressed him to comment. Singleton didn’t like the line of questioning, which, in my opinion, seemed to be fair. But it didn’t matter to James. He clearly knew that Blatche didn’t want to bring up the past at that moment and stepped in for his teammate, showing that he had his back. That’s a small sample of the guy James Singleton seemed to be. For another sample, see the video toward the bottom of this post from taken after his first game with the Wizards. Farewell James Singleton.
Matt Lawye has an excellent profile of Yi Jianlian, now appearing in SLAM. I quote the passage relevant to the title of this post:
“It was November 2 and the Nets were visiting Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Expectedly, the Nets started 0-3 but perhaps could steal a W against another floundering Eastern Conference cellar-dweller. Sure. Not only did the Cats win, but Gerald “Crash” Wallace fittingly rolled on to Yi’s right knee, severely spraining it. The big fella was sidelined for the next 24 games, nearly all of November and December.”
Surely you’re cognizant of the fact the Gerald Wallace was the guy who crashed into Gilbert Arenas, leading to his initial knee injury. And don’t forget when I noticed something fishy about Wallace and the injury of Josh Howard. And now Wallace has a past with Yi? I am just saying. Maybe the Wizards should trade for Crash Wallace, Maybe Michael Jordan will be the first one to bite for Arenas.
The Post’s Lee also reports that Andray Blatche plans to be ready for training camp, Hamady N’Diaye is a “we’ll see” (but unlikely), and the veteran Sean Marks has received an invite to try out for the Wizards.
Marks recently turned 35 and has played in a career 201 NBA games, averaging about 10 minutes per, and has seen a total of 83 minutes playoff action — you know how Ernie Grunfeld loves those veterans. Reportedly, section 3B of the exemptions clause of the non-existent team rebuilding manifesto is entitled: ‘But Not Without Veterans.’
I’m prolly gone be in camp wit the Wiz g. Hopefully this year I can get a whole season in lol!
@Truth_About_It First this One & only headed to new Orleans the dc time to get ready for season fam
Ted Leonsis sets the record straight on some things. Good to know.
A good feature on women and WNBA ownership.
A compiled list of known Gilbert Arenas pranks.
Antawn Jamison, while in Paris, France, says he was “touched” by the departure of LeBron James from Cleveland, and that he’s been working on his three-point shot this summer.
C’mon New Orleans. I mean, everybody wants your franchise to succeed … for the city … but not with things like this.
Evidently Hamed Haddadi, of the Memphis Grizzlies and the Iranian national team, will be hosting a ‘Hoops Camp’ in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 25.
>>James Singleton after his Wizards debut against the Minnesota Timberwolves: