A D.C. pic, links and commentary …
[From Fiesta DC / Mt. Pleasant Day 2010 - Washington, D.C. - K. Weidie]
Last year’s “Our Time” Washington Wizards training camp motto has become “Back To Basics” this year…
… and the cover boy representing the movement: assistant coach Don Zierden.
Go get ‘em boys!
Was Midnight Madness a success? The answer you’ll get will depend on who you ask. Michael Lee says that it was more marketing savvy than madness. John Wall? He was unimpressed:
“In college, all this would have been filled, probably more so.”
Yeah, well the Wizards won more games than Kentucky did last year. Impressed now? In any case, Gheorghe Muresan loved it!
Tom Izzo, Gilbert’s fans and Adam Morrison’s weird beard thing.
[D.C. Sports Bog]
“What’s the difference between midnight madness and the Wizards? The Wildcats could be competitive in the NBA.”
… jokes Tracee Hamilton. Even so, she’s on board with this young, hungry team and sees some promising signs for the pairing of John Wall and The Agent formerly known as “Zero”.
Head ‘Ball Coach Flip Saunders wants his boys in tip-top shape this year. In fact, he wants the Wizards to be the best conditioned team in the NBA …
… Which makes me wonder if JaVale McGee will be able to keep up. McGee has been diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma.
Flip Saunders says he’s going back to his, “hyperbolic, paraboloid, transitional floating zone.” Well okay then …
BREAKING: Gilbert Arenas is Michael Vick Joaquin Phoenix
Bethlehem Shoals tags Gilbert Arenas as “more post-Brawl Ron Artest than Michael Vick redux.” And he thinks that the “watchability” of the 2010-2011 Wizards (based on quality, pace, star power, long-term potential, style, narrative and spirituality) will be neither good nor bad, neither interesting nor boring, but something best left to personal tastes.
More on how Gilbert Arenas ≠ Michael Vick and how David Stern shot down Gilbert’s hope for redemption.
Gilbert Jay Arenas, Jr.: The most mysterious man in the NBA.
Seriously. Psychoanalyzing Mr. Can’t-Do-Right (Arenas).
[DC Sports Box]
John Hollinger does not think much of the Washington Wizards (same sh!t, different toilet year).
Ted Leonsis isn’t authorized to speak about the ongoing NBA labor negotiations, but does anyway.
The story behind Gilbert’s beard, why Nick Young thinks he’s a “bad boy now,” and a full Michael Lee Media Day rundown.
Antawn Jamison calls Cleveland “home,” also says, “This is where I’m supposed to be.” That ‘Twan, he always says the right things, I guess.
[Waiting For Next Year]
SLAM‘s Charles Peach predicts that the Wizards will struggle to find an identity, a rhythm and consistency. Also, hoping Gilbert Arenas will be able to play within the team concept is futile. (I disagree with Peach in this regard.) More in his 2010-2011 Team Preview.
Flip Saunders gets technical with technology by giving the entire squad iPads, allowing the coaching staff to send video to players during their time off the court.
Javaris Crittenton talks Wizards past (an “unfortunate situation”) and NBA future.
John Wall would not have taken the Dez Bryant route, he would’ve carried the football pads.
Christmas in September: Kevin Seraphin goes to Best Buy.
For the Mystics, losing Alana Beard was like losing the mid-90s Mitch Richmond. But, she’s baaaaaaaaaack! Whoop whoop!
Ted Leonsis, Nationals owner Mark D. Lerner and that Redskins owner team up to fight childhood obesity (Josh Howard is helping too).
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