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I’m not sure if anyone has a formula for jumpers, but I’ll make one up: one part mechanics, one part muscle memory, two parts confidence. Confidence can wane between quarters, games and possessions, it’s all about building a history of it. And that’s what John Wall is working on. He put on a glimpse of jump shot confidence in a takeover display versus the New Jersey Nets last Sunday. Let’s watch…
The knock on Wall’s jumper will continue to be the most prevalent of knocks against him, but at least he’d never pull what Rajon Rondo did recently.
After the Wizards beat New Jersey last Sunday, evidently Andray Blatche went to a party hosted by R&B singer Mya at D.C. night spot/strip club ‘Stadium Club’ — according to DC Fab’s sources, Blatche and his bum shoulder were on stage doing the “Dougie.” Nice. Wale was there too.
Related: The Washington Post’s Jason Reid has a pretty generic column on why the Wizards and Blatche should part ways — but yes, I realize it is a general column, and generic those will be. Still, it’s always a bit funny when one of these comes out, this one specifically titled, “Andray Blatche, Wizards need to go their separate ways.” It’s like pointing out that tired horses need to drink water (or vodka shots from the Shadow Room, *zinger*) — If the Wizards could have gotten rid of Blatche (for decent value) at the February trade deadline, they would have.
Of course, that begs the question of the true value of Blatche, which is pretty much zero in the minds of other NBA GMs (although, the theory is that there will always be a sucker for talent). Couple that with Ernie Grunfleld being notorious for playing hardball and asking for too much (which has clearly worked to his favor, in some cases), and you have who is the most stickily maligned Wizard since Juwan Howard. (Sure, I could have said Gilbert Arenas, but too many Wizards fans still loved him … not the case with Blatche.) That being said, Reid’s column could be simply stating: ‘Get rid of him no matter what’ … which could be painful, yet very necessary.
Games aren’t decided on one play. That being said, JaVale McGee’s ability to not listen to specific instructions from his coach and his ability to likely jump at a pump fake at any point of a game knows no limits.
And video of that play:
Mike Prada with an excellent piece on just how crucial the 2011 NBA Draft will be for the Wizards. Can Grunfeld be trusted to get the job done?
JaVale McGee blocks a Blake Griffin attempt into the third row … after Chris Kaman flew by his “defense” with a pump fake:
[H/T Pro Basketball Talk]
Holly MacKenzie rates Trevor Booker as a hot rookie for NBA week 22.
[The Basketball Jones]
Note: if you’re allergic to nuts like Ted Leonsis, don’t trust the French translation of a flight attendant.
Gilbert Arena’s health was one of the big “what ifs” from the 2001 Duke-Arizona national championship game.
Bruce Pearl’s dirty has caught up to him.