ShareBullets: Just A John Wall Practice Dunk With Nick Young In The Area
A John Wall dunk, links and commentary ….
Al Thornton, Nick Young and Yi Jianlian are likely to enter the Summer of ’11 with the Wizards holding the option on their qualifying offers, aka as restricted free-agents. No big deal here. Each is vastly unproven so it doesn’t make a ton of sense to lock into any of them for the unknown future.
Ted Leonsis has opening-night jitters. “Throw the kids into the deep end of the pool; let them swim!,” he says. Gosh, I hope there is a lifeguard around to combat what appears to be a poolside bully throwing all these damn kids in the pool. But really, I think the kids can swim, it’s just time to see how well. I’m looking forward to it.
Leonsis continues to stand by Arenas … probably until he doesn’t … whatever that means. Maybe a trade or something.
[DC Sports Bog]
Speaking of Arenas, David Aldridge on NBA.com has all sorts of opinions about him. First Aldridge says hope that Arenas has emerged a changed man via last season has “evaporated” via sore knee lies. Then D.A. says, “I hope I’m proven wrong,” but then says, “Not holding my breath.” Then Aldridge compares Arenas to a deadbeat dad four years behind on child-support who is also making moonshine in his basement. Finally, he says the Wizards should give Arenas the Jamaal Tinsley treatment and just tell him to stay at home. Seems like an odd amount of twists and turns from D.A., with an ultimate overboard reaction — that is, until Arenas does something else stupid, I guess.
The new Free Darko book on NBA history is out and it’s pretty damn awesome. I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy and am just about finished. So expect to hear more about it soon. In the meantime, you might as well go ahead and order it. Also check out the FD player power rankings … where John Wall is 3rd, Gilbert Arenas is 20th, Andray Blatche is 31st and JaVale McGee is 34th.
This particularly excellent preview on the Wizards from Kelly Dwyer and Den Devine.
[Ball Don't Lie]
Nick Young and Al Thornton have a dunk contest, including an off-the-backboard, between-the-legs dunk by Nick.
An unintentional Kevin Seraphin trick shot. He seems to have absolutely no reaction.
A pretty good chit-chat interview with Seraphin.
Beckley Mason represented Truth About It with his thoughts on the Wizards and the Celtics for a season preview.
I liked Andray Blatche’s random quote as part of his answer when asked about the NBA’s new technical rule: “It’s for the love of the game.”
Mike James Tweets that he’s better than 90-percent of the backups out there.
Washington City Paper Staff Memo on Stewart/Colbert Rallies. Nice.
No one at Hardwood Paroxysm is picking the Wizards to make the playoffs. Oh well.
Graffiti artists get together with basketball.
[The Basketball Jones]
Expect to see Donovan McNabb at Wizards games this season.
Clinton Portis says some sorta jibber-jabber about himself and Gilbert Arenas.
[DC Sports Bog]
Where random former Wizards are: David Vanterpool
John Daly said he played better drunk.
[Devil Ball Golf]
Was Hakeem Olajuwon better during Ramadan?
A Haiku for the Wizards … and 30 other NBA teams.
[Both Teams Played Hard]