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JaVale McGee Block of The Year: Remixed

Updated: March 23, 2011

Blazers Beat The Future By 35 Points

Portland all-knowingly jumped the passing lanes, the young Wizards usually filling the prophecy as expected. The Trailblazers bumped as they pleased on the boards, hassled like bill collectors on defense, and made the game look very, very easy. They had the confidence.

“They’re just some young guys getting some experience on the floor,” Wizards television play-by-play man Steve Buckhantz would implore during the broadcast of Washington’s 111-76 loss in Portland on Tuesday night. Not in so many words, but in several pixels of prose, as if freshly picked from the algorithm tree and laid gently into his lap by the monster.

It’s like the fate (disclaimer: I don’t believe in fate) of the Washington franchise’s basketball path is trying to outdo itself in the absurdity of highly-stacked odds against. Three-rookie starting lineups featuring John Wall, Jordan Crawford and Trevor Booker, with JaVale McGee and Yi Jianlian serving as de facto rookies posing as starters … along with all veteran players past, present and future unavailable for contribution. (Andray Blatche, Nick Young, Josh Howard, Rashard Lewis, Rex Chapman, Chris Webber, Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Larry Hughes and Mike Miller all sat out due to injury.) If the circumstance is unprecedented, you will hear about it.

Common mistakes and missed defensive assignments are accepted and approved as understandable. Lack of consistent hustle, selfish forays to the hoop and unfocused execution are ills seen too often, doctrine for some. The kids are swimming, but will 35 point losses in front of fervid Blazers fans help them build confidence? For some it will, for others it will not. Here’s to now searching for promise amidst those who won’t cut it in a promised future.

In other news: JaVale McGee had a stylized block, of the year.

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  • Eric

    great block, especially considering the control not to travel after setting his feet…as for the Blazers? they are what the Wizards COULD have been–a mix of savvy veterans (andre miller, gerald wallace) and young talent (fernandez, aldridge, matthews) if washington hadnt traded all their players away, waived off other talent, and picked up D-League Talent for the final stretch of the season….

  • Yea, but do you really think those traded away players were proper fits for the future?

  • szr

    Who was the former Blazer’s GM and any chance he could be lured away to Washington?

    I’m not really kidding. With a decidedly unfavorable situation, Kevin Pritchard really did a number in terms of turning the Blazers into a contender. Imagine what he could do here!

    Also, he is available!

  • Well, the Kings were said to be heavily courting Pritchard … contingent on if Geoff Petrie will still be around, I guess.

    Regardless, with Leonsis seemingly intent on retaining Grunfeld into next season, I’m betting Pritchard will be off the market for the Wizards in some manner.

  • Adam McGinnis

    Reading this “with Leonsis seemingly intent on retaining Grunfeld”raised my blood pressure. I know all signs point to this statement being true but it sure does not make it the correct decision. The Boss Man seems much smarter than to be suckered by a couple decent moves by Grunfeld with Hinrich.

    And Leonsis is now selling the fan base 2 more years of rebuilding/losing with Grunfeld calling the basketball personnel shots? I just do not understand what Leonsis sees in his track record and the losing culture his players/decisions have created in DC.