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ShareBullets: What They Said About The New-Look Wizards

Updated: May 11, 2011

A D.C. picture, what others are saying about the new-look Wizards, and a whole bunch of links…

[Outside of Sportsman’s Liquor in Mt. Pleasant – photo: K. Weidie]

What They Said… {About the new-look Wizards}

“I mean, this is a B+/A- at worse, and it just reminds us how horrific the past decade has been.” Dan Steinberg, DC Sports Bog, Washington Post

“Other than my minor quibbles with the font on the front, these are great. The color scheme is better. The jerseys are unique, rather than something that seems like it came from a create-a-team in ‘NBA Live 2000.’ Even the new “monument ball” logo is really good. High five to whoever came up with these.” Trey Kerby, The Basketball Jones

“With the dropping of the banner and entrance of models John Wall and Jordan Crawford, the room breathed a sigh of relief. The uniforms aren’t bad. Actually, they’re pretty sharp.” Sarah Schorno Kogod, Capital Games Blog, NBC Washington

“I personally like the “DC” thing with the arms and the ball, because it reminds me of the logo I grew up on.” Mike Prada, Bullets Forever

“The throwback look fits the team’s history and locale much better than the most recent dark blue designs, which seemed as contrived as the “Wizards” moniker. Love these new jerseys or hate them, at least they aren’t these gold disasters. We can all agree on that.” Ben Golliver, Eye On Basketball,

“…what I like most about the colors is that the blue isn’t a traditional royal, but rather a sort of true navy blue, and the red is bright, but has a high tint on it that makes it stand out from being a true red or a scarlet or crimson sort. Also, the matte silver is a nice touch…” Sandy Dover, Style Corner, SLAM Online

“This much is certain: The Wizards’ days of losing in teal are over!” Dave McKenna, Washington City Paper

“Perhaps the Wizards’ uniforms were not actually teal. Perhaps they were merely a teal-ish fake blue color not of this Earth. The distinction is irrelevant. In their traditionless, quirk-free, focus-grouped, market-tested, perplexingly ahistorical and overwhelmingly generic appearance, they were symbolically teal. Which is to say: They were everything that’s wrong with the sports uniforms of the 1990s.” Patrick Hruby, Page 2,

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People are today wondering if the Wizards will eventually change their name to “Monuments” … With the Washington Monument integrated into the new look, this seems to be a fresh idea. However, for a post I did about the Wizards name back in June 2010, the Washington Post’s Mike Wise provided this commentary:

“The Washington Justice. Now that’s a name. You just got served. Something tells me it’s going to be Monuments in three years — hence the company name change.”

One of the adidas designers who worked on the new uniforms grew up in the D.C. area, was a fan of Gheorghe Muresan.
[Washington Post]

Truth About It’s Rashad Mobley drops some knowledge about the Celtics and the NBA playoffs.
[5 on 5,]

Is John Wall getting taller? Also, some nonsense about JaVale McGee.
[DC Sports Bog]

Mike Wise on Ernie Grunfeld in his Wizards exit interview column:

You “exceeded expectations” according to Ted, and that’s all that matters. You moved Gilbert and the contract you gave him, which most GMs thought was impossible. You saved Ted money. Good job, basically, pulling egg shells out of the trash, bronzing them and then making someone else think they’re decorations.

Of course, Wise also uses column gimmicks such as politicking for Dwight Howard in 2012 or bust. So there’s that.
[Washington Post]

After all these years, and in an ever-changing environment, it’s safe to say that if one true model to contention as a franchise in the NBA existed, it would have been better documented and followed… Which is all to say, there are a bunch of ways for a team to get good and/or bad, some within control and some not so much. So is life.
[Bullets Forever]

So the zig in the John Wall Reeboks Zag’s are a little less drastic or bulky in the second version of his shoe. While this rendition is aesthetically more pleasing in smoothness, it’s still not receiving high praise for looks pleasing enough to buy. But most curious is if sneaker kinesiologists will rest more assured of Wall’s feet in them.
[SLAM Online]

When John Wall broke the ankles of Serge Ibaka.
[Shaky Ankles]

Orlando Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide said that Gilbert Arenas “kind of let himself go in Washington.” I’m sure baby mother trouble at home and feigning interest in D.C. while the team feigned interest in him probably had something to do with that. But hey, thanks for trading for him Orlando.
[Orlando Sentinel]

Meanwhile, Arenas sounds like he’s gotten into his own head and is unconscionably playing the role of the prankster. Well, at least before the Magic got knocked out of the playoffs.
[SLAM Online]

While we’re at it, Gilbert Arenas burst the Washington Wizards’ status as a Buzz team.
[Carles via GQ]

And more… When Arenas wore John Wall’s Reebok Zig Slash “Capital Blue” in a March match-up versus the Kings in Sacramento — five years to the month from Gil’s “March Flu” in Cowtown — he scored 12 points on 5-9 shooting with three assists and three fouls in 17 minutes off the bench.

I often find myself in the midst of Semantic Satiation.

Yi Jianlian helps teach English? Apparently.

This little 5’6″ dude from Baltimore, who is a sophomore in high school, has evidently been offered a contract to play pro ball in Italy.

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.