This is Mike Bibby, son of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 32-year old member of “Team Dime” and post-game interview backwards hat wearer. Such an unwilling member of the Washington Wizards Bibby was, that on Monday he surrendered a scheduled payment of $6.2 million dollars for the 2011-12 season so he could relinquish hammer and hard hat contributions to Ted Leonsis’ rebuilding project. The Washington team owner subsequently called it, “a piece of unexpected and positive news for our franchise.”
Bibby might have avoided giving his only post-game home locker room interview as a member of the Wizards after a loss to the Dallas Mavericks last Saturday night had I not stopped him as he made his way toward the exit; most other members of the Washington professional basketball press corps were busy giving their attention to another member of Bibby’s now former team. In his answers, Bibby referred to the young Wizards team more as “they” than “us” — understandable, supposedly.
In the exclusive video below, Bibby talks exclusively to those allowed access to the Wizards locker room and answers a question, exclusively asked by someone else, about getting into the scoring record book for the Washington Wizards, in a less than exclusive manner (as I’ll soon explain).
Good luck to Bibby. Folks say that he is going to be teaming up with former Wizards Mike Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Juwan Howard to strive for a championship with the Miami Heat (supplemented by the talents of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh). The ball is going to be poppin’ beyond poppin’. And that is what it is.
On another note, Comcast Washington recently produced a similarly hokey video retrospective on Bibby.
“Among Wizards whose career lasted under 30 minutes, Bibby is the all-time points leader with two,” said Comcast’s Chick Hernandez as Bibby’s stats with Washington were graphically displayed on screen: 29:21 minutes, 1-9 field-goals, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists. Unfortunately, Comcast’s research department failed Mr. Chick’s inaccurate claim.
According to Basketball-Reference.com, there has been 30 players who have spent time with the franchise and have played less than 30 total minutes while scoring at least two points. Ten of those players actually wore a Wizards uniform, 13 a Washington Bullets uniform and the remaining seven were either with the franchise in Baltimore or Chicago.
Of those who donned a Wizards jersey (and appeared in 30 minutes or less in that jersey), Bibby falls ninth in points scored. Your scoring leader? Peter John Ramos, of course, who, over six games and 20 total minutes with the franchise, scored 11 points. Other names include: Lawrence Moten (8 games, 27 minutes, 9 points in 1998); Torraye Braggs (4 games, 22 minutes, 6 points in 2004); Paul Davis (2 games, 8 minutes, 5 points in 2010); Jimmy Oliver (1 game, 10 minutes, 5 points in 1998); Brian Cardinal (5 games, 15 minutes, 4 points in 2003); Mike Harris (5 games, 14 minutes, 4 points in 2010); Hamady N’diaye (current Wizard, 4 games, 12 minutes, 3 points); and Mike Hall (2 games, 13 minutes, 2 points in 2007).
Bibby does hold the distinction of having the most assists (8) in 30 minutes or less with the franchise. Although, Kevin Pritchard, former Portland Trailblazers general manager, achieved seven assists in just 22 minutes of action over two games with the Washington Bullets in 1996. So there’s that.
In any case, so long, Mike Bibby.