Before their first game in the new year, the Washington Wizards seemed to have some extra pep in their step … a new pre-game intro routine confirmed that. The players huddled in a mass before the announced starter burst out of the pile and onto the scene. It didn’t really work/change much against the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night, but it was fun to see and to try to take a picture of in the dark nonetheless.
Somehow, some way, you got to party on New Year’s Eve, right?
I kept it relatively chill this year. The GF and I hit up our favorite D.C. restaurant (Hank’s Oyster Bar, with apologies to Fogo de Chao), gorged ourselves on lots and lots of seafood, and then we were back at the apartment by 11 pm to watch the ball drop on TV and savor the awesome meal we’d just ate. Not that drinking and partying with friends and strangers isn’t fun — I’m sure I’ll do something of the sort next time — but this year was one of the best new years I’ve ever had. And no, I’m not getting old.
And neither are the Wiz Kids …
After a 3 pm game in Indiana on New Year’s Eve, and before a 7 pm home game versus the Hornets on New Year’s Day, Andray Blatche found some time to pour some champagne all over himself at the club (via DC Fab). Meanwhile, John Wall had a ‘Dougie’ contest with Chris Brown at Love nightclub on New Year’s Eve (via YouTube).
Speaking of Wall …
His on-court emotion is infectious … and I wrote about that very thing in my column at the DCist last week. Check it out.
Speaking of Blatche …
You’ve heard the trade rumors, and now it seems like the Cleveland Cavaliers are at least asking about him. Here’s some commentary from various subjects around the web:
At the end of the day, it looks awful to trade Blatche now, but that doesn’t mean the Wizards should pass on doing it. They have to think about it carefully and not trade him for peanuts, but if a halfway decent offer comes along, they should jump on it. The long-term benefits at this point seem to outweigh the short-term cost.
Blatche considers himself a star, even though he’s nothing special on either end, with a decent mid-range jumper and some athleticism. He’s not a player you can build around and acquiring him means he’s the first guy after LeBron you make a significant long-term investment in. That’s not how you want to start off your rebuilding process.
Then again, the Cavs are desperate for talent. They’ve lost 16 of 17 and have slipped into the “worst team in the league” discussion. There’s just not much on the roster to be remotely excited about. Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao and Antwan Jamison are quality players, but they aren’t good enough to make up for a seriously awful bench.
Leading into the New Year’s holiday weekend, I did a Q&A about Gilbert Arenas with Eddy Rivera of the TrueHoop Network’s Orlando Magic blog.
Nick Young, Hamady N’diaye and Hilton Armstrong go to a French restaurant in Georgetown with Kevin Seraphin, try some snails, act predictably goofy … unfortunately, Seraphin wears an Ed Hardy t-shirt.
Frank Hanrahan has a simple New Year’s resolution for Flip Saunders: “Update resume.” Also, here’s one recommended for Ted Leonsis: “Stop trying to figure out mathematically how far out of the playoffs we are. We aren’t going anywhere for awhile.”
Hilton Armstrong makes a funny face behind Jarrett Jack’s funny face.
[At The Hive]
Trevor Booker doesn’t want you to know this, but he watches “Jeopardy” on television at night.
SLAM Magazine hears that John Wall always dreamed about being on the cover of their magazine, pats themselves on the back.
God Shammgod wore a Breathe-Right strip on his Wizards rookie card.
[Fat Shawn Kemp]
Gilbert Arenas says Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t want him, D’Antoni says ‘Huh?’ Gilbertology continues …
Arenas breaks out some old school Grant Hill FILAs.
Finally, Wizards cheerleaders give NBA referees the finger: