Some links, but no D.C. pic … trying to mess with some video …
Michael Lee with great work on the growth process of Andray Blatche, via facing former mentors in Dallas — and look for ‘Dray to slap Brendan Haywood on the ass if he dunks on the former Wizard.
Media Day pictures of Gilbert Arenas through the years.
[DC Sports Bog]
Kelly Dwyer on Gil’s “sadness”:
“If Gilbert wants to show us he’s sad? Great. We’re glad you’re sad and that you’re attempting contrition. But now that you’re a member of a team and playing a team sport and working (if not playing) in front of fans that have come out to watch the Wizards, and not Gilbert Arenas (not because they don’t come out to see you, but because you’re injured so they can’t watch Gilbert Arenas), that stuff kind of gets set aside.
You have to find a way to blend in. You have to find a way to not make it all about Gilbert Arenas, for the first time since 2003-04.
You have to not be the guy with the towel on your head.
Unless you still think that you’ve been unduly wronged. If that’s the case, then, forget it. It’s hopeless to even try.”
The mercurial David Aldridge on John Wall:
“So much has been said and written about how the Wizards have to, at all costs, keep Arenas away from Wall, as if Arenas was a parasite looking for a host body, and Wall’s character was a lump of clay that anyone could mold to his or her liking. But if Wall is that impressionable, Washington shouldn’t have wasted the first pick on him. A franchise does not turn around if its point guard is a shrinking violet, easily led. Wall may be young, and he’ll make mistakes, but he does not show signs of anything other than being an alpha male in his own right, his own man, someone who is followed, not a follower. On a Kentucky team where each starter was a first-round NBA pick — unprecedented in Draft history — Wall was the man.”
There have been a lot of reactions to John Wall’s 360-degree layup, my favorite probably comes from SB Nation’s Andrew Sharp.
[video via Wizards Extreme]
The Wizards have announced the formation of an official Wizards/Bullets Alumni Association with the goal of “reconnecting former players with one another while honoring them for their contribution.” Team great Bob Dandridge has been brought on to lead the efforts.
Speaking of Dandridge, here are some of his quotes from Fan Fest.
Winners, Losers & Not Sures from Wizards Training Camp.
The Washington Wizards evidently left Javaris Crittenton one final parting shot … purportedly shoddy treatment on his ankle injury courtesy of a much-maligned medical staff.
[Wizards Insider, Pro Basketball Talk]
Can the Wizards improve their team defense? Jake Whitacre tackles that question. It will be really interesting to see how they improve as the season progresses … as in, it will take time for them to fully grasp Flip Saunders’ Hyperbolic Paraboloid Transitional Floating Zone.
More statistics say the Wizards will be THE WORST. Oh well. Let’s play some actual basketball games.
Mark Cuban’s opinion deals a blow to the role of statistics in team building. Rob Mahoney, of The Two Man Game (TrueHoop Network Mavs blog), aims to keep that sentiment more medium. I’d have to agree with Mr. Mahoney’s thoughts.
[The Two Man Game]
Ted Leonsis likes blogs. Blogs like Ted.
Welcome Trey Kerby to the Basketball Jones.
[The Basketball Jones]