[Kirk Hinrich and Wizards assistant coach Gene Banks.]
[Yi Jianlian catches up with Rod Thorn.]
[Gilbert Arenas chats with Sam Cassell and Eric Snow.]
Wizards vs. Sixers.
As you probably know, Gilbert Arenas won’t make his debut in the Wizards’ home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. He’s still recovering from a strained tendon in his ankle, but Flip Saunders said he thinks he will practice tomorrow. Arenas was briefly on the court before the game taking some warm-up jumpers on the move with Sam Cassell.
Michael Lee reports that Andray Blatche will be trying harder to find offense closer to the basket. We’ll believe it when we see it.
I briefly chatted with Blatche before the game, he said he’s aiming to get to the line around six times a game.
On Monday the Wizards’ D-League affiliate, the Dakota Wizards, took LSU’s Chris Johnson with the ninth pick in the 2010 D-League Draft. Other notable D-League draftees include: Magnum Rolle (3rd, Maine Red Claws); Scottie Reynolds (13th, Tulsa 76ers); and Bobby Maze (6th pick of the 7th round).
To keep up with the goings-ons with Washington’s D-League affiliate in Dakota, check out this blog from Joey Whelan with Bismark’s KFYR-TV. Joey current has a post breaking down the draftees of the Dakota Wizards.
But perhaps most notable is the fact that Antonio Daniels (yes, the Antonio Daniels who is a former Wizard and 35-years old) was taken by the Texas Legends with the 13th pick in the second round.
Josh Howard is going to be doing things all over D.C. this November, including:
- A pizza party and autograph session at the new Deanwood Recreation Center in Northeast on November 3rd
- Senior Citizen Bingo Night at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center in Northwest on November 9th
- A free basketball clinic at the Emery Recreation Center in Northwest on November 11th
- A Turkey Drive at Barry Farms in Southeast on November 15th
- A Dinner for 10 Single Moms on November 18th.
That is one busy, double bottom-line guy. For more details, visit Joshhowardfoundation.com.
The Washington Mystics have both a new coach and a new GM, and that will be the same person, Trudi Lacey. It has struck several Mystics fans odd that first the team let GM Angela Taylor go, and now with this latest move, they are letting former head coach Julie Plank walk — two people who propelled the team to success over the last couple seasons.
But evidently the WNBA is a business too. They were looking to cut costs and asked Taylor to take a pay-cut, she wouldn’t. They then evidently asked Plank to assume both roles, and she said no. So here the Mystics are. Check out the DC BasketCases for more thoughts.
Dan Wetzel takes a look at the work Jeff Ruland is doing coaching the basketball team at the University of the District of Columbia.