A D.C. pic, links and commentary …
[A Basketball Court - 13th & C St. NE, Washington, D.C. - K. Weidie]
Here’s a video of JaVale McGee teaching the hook shot:
It’s pretty awesome that McGee is working to add the hook shot to his meager offensive repertoire. With his helicopter arms, it could be unstoppable. Against the Hawks on Tuesday, McGee tried the hook several times … it’s still a work in progress (or a “process” as executives of the team would say). I say his hook technique/implementation is still somewhere between ‘What the heck was that fading piece of junk?!?’ and ‘Awesome! … An effective baseline baby hook!’.
Here’s an example of a good McGee hook from Tuesday:
“Wall is joined on the floor by a crew of capable cagers, including three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas and offseason acquisition Kirk Hinrich, the Chicago Bulls’ all-time three-point leader, much to the chagrin of Steve Kerr fans everywhere.”
Umm … Steve Kerr?
NOTE: The Wizards will be hosting an open house at the Verizon Center on Saturday, October 16 from 11 am to 1:00 pm. From the press release: “The open house will give fans the chance to come and select available seats for the 2010-2011 season while watching the team practice on the main court. Fans will also have a chance to tour the new VIP seating and club areas.”
It seems like the previously skeptical Mike Prada is coming around on the potential of Yi Jianlian … or maybe he’s just less skeptical now.
[SB Nation DC]
JaVale McGee doesn’t know what substance (vs. style) that Flip Saunders wants.
>> I’ll feel free to speculate: I think Flip wants McGee to be more cerebral instead of simply being a gooey explosion of athleticism … more balanced.
Al Thornton is uncertain about his role and was “surprised” by Flip’s introduction of the three-guard lineup.
>> I think the rest of us are uncertain too … yet not all that surprised. But also, Flip said that Gilbert Arenas actually would have been making a “sacrifice” for Thornton instead of Nick Young on Tuesday — Flip said Al would have started had he not been hurt and unable to play.
More on the origin of the Bullets name (I’ve always gone with Baltimore munitions factory).
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Bradford Doolittle on the Wizards’ three-guard lineup:
“The other problem with Hinrich playing the three, is that it leaves the Wizards short on the second unit. If Saunders starts the three guards alongside JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche, then Yi Jianlian, Al Thornton and Nick Young will head up the second unit. Hinrich actually played 22 minutes in the first half so he could direct things for the reserves. He’s not the kind of player you’re going to want to play 45 minutes per night. While Yi, Thornton and Young can provide plenty of scoring punch, it’s also a unit with a high probability of dissolving into its component parts, which is exactly why it needs Hinrich.”
Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook uses video to break down the pros and cons of the three-guard offense.
Stephen Riley has a good Q&A with David Aldridge … but it was before the deal about Gilbert fibbing to Flip.
Ted Leonsis: “I’m going to be in the network-content-delivery business.” (one day)
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We know Hinrich has retained his “Captain Kirk” moniker in D.C., as he’s a team captain with the Wizards like he was with the Bulls. But one thing I missed in Michael Lee’s recent piece on Hinrich is that some on the team have started calling him “Elmer” (according to Flip Saunders), as in the white glue. Um … I guess so.
Frank Hanrahan writes about the Wizards rebuilding anew with the old guard in command … Ernie Grunfeld.
>> Of course, the big difference here is having a new owner with time to be patient, while the last owner, rest his soul, was trying to compete before time ran out. Can’t exactly belittle that situation … and I suppose that’s why Grunfeld has been given a second chance, in a sense.
After an Washington Post editorial that didn’t make Ted Leonsis happy, the paper slides some butter back in the owner’s direction in the form of a gleaming report touting his ‘with it’-ness when it comes to the new age of social media.
Yi Jianlian took in his first hockey game Monday night … an OT thriller won by Alex Ovechkin and the Caps — and met some of the players in the locker room afterward.
Old pictures of Mike Miller holding a monkey.
Local DMV band, The Five One (I’ve featured their music in TAI videos), is trying to get pledges of monetary support. These bros are pretty cool, chill music … help them out.
Some Wizards girls recently made some sort of appearance at the Shadow Room in D.C. … click for pictures.
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