NOTE: The ESPN TrueHoop Network 2011 NBA Mock Draft starts today. Truth About It will be posting our consensus mocked pick of the sixth position around 1 pm, so check back for an update. Until then, a D.C. pic, commentary, and links…
[HD Cooke Elementary - NW Washington DC - Euclid St. & Mozart Pl. - photo: K. Weidie]
>With the caveat that cats seemingly wear random hats — for the style — and are not always interested in the teams on them, I bring you the video below of noteworthy fun images and interaction. Oh, and John Wall is wearing a Philadelphia Flyers cap, old style (Wall also has been seen wearing a retro Oakland Raiders hat, very hipsterish-lite of him/trendy)… good thing this wasn’t around when the Caps were losing to the Flyers in the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. The video below is from a local South Carolina television station and is regarding the tournament that Josh Howard and Trevor Booker hosted over the June 11 weekend in Mauldin, which Wall attended. Things to look out for: a Wall interview in Ray-Bans (again, trendy, he is); John Wall judging a “Dougie” dance contest amongst kids and then handing out $20 bills to the winners; and finally, taking the cake, goober newscasters discussing the “Dougie” — one anchorman chap saying that as a University of Kentucky grad, he thought it was called the “John Wall Dance.” Then, sports guy Todd Summers chirps in with “We don’t even know where the ‘Dougie’ came from, but certainly kids know what it is.” Finally, the initial guy, named Gordon Dill, finishes the stereotypical ideal of a non-white comedian doing an impression of a “white guy” by saying, “Named after ‘Doug’, probably.”
That it is Gordon and Todd, that it is.
>While I will be in New York (or rather, Newark) covering this year’s NBA Draft, some other writers at TAI will be checking out the draft party the Wizards are hosting at the Verizon Center. It will be festive to the max, I’m sure, as Ted Leonsis does. If you want to attend for free, you can RSVP and download tickets here.
>We’ve all seen John Wall’s laughable pitch at the Nationals game. But perhaps, per this pic, it was because his jeans were a bit too tight. #Speculation.
>Speaking of Wall, he recently took time to answer some questions for Sports Illustrated for Kids. The answers of note: his childhood nickname was “Crazy J”; if he weren’t an athlete he’d still be in school, doing something with computers; he considers LeBron James his best friend in sports (uh oh).
>There’s a long, in-depth interview with Nick Young up at ESPN LA’s “Land O’Lakers.” When asked about local Los Angeles guys that he patterned his game from, Nick said:
I looked up to my brother Terrell. Everyone thought he was gonna go (to the NBA). That was my idol. Him and Evan Burns. My brother Terrell, everyone thought he was a park legend.
Young also spoke about Burns in a video interview piece I did back in February asking several Wizards about talented basketballers who never made it. Worth a view if you haven’t seen it before.
>And a New Jersey Nets blog wonders if they should go after Nick Young.
[Nets Are Scorching]
>Dwight Howard says that Gilbert Arenas promised him he would get better physically and mentally over the summer, and that Arenas was used the wrong way by Van Gundy in Orlando.
>By way of his over-reactionary thoughts on Twitter, Gilbert Arenas’ mentor and Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith is essentially calling Arenas dumb.
[Ball Don't Lie]
>The Washington City Paper is seeking a dismissal of the Dan Snyder lawsuit.
[Washington City Paper]
>Lang Whitaker has 11 things you didn’t know about Jason Terry. Here’s a fun one:
Before Terry’s senior season in high school, he called a press conference to announce his college selection. “I put a Washington hat on, said I was going to Washington. Then, the next week, Lute Olson called me up. Arizona! Let me check this out. So I went down there, and Damon Stoudamire was my host. It was ninety degrees in October! I fell in love with it, man.”
>Also, DeShawn Stevenson’s personal tattoo artist put the Larry O’Brien trophy on Terry’s bicep.
>File under “of course”… Andray Blatche is involved with baby-mama drama groupie rumors.
>I’m not sure what to make of this Shaquille O’Neal gang-related article in the L.A. Times other than to say that a “flurry of calls” sounds damn suspicious.
>Interesting read about an AOL “content slave.” Seems a tad sensational, but totally plausible, as several entities, like the Bleacher Report and other mass, rapid content-producing upstarts on a range of topics aim to do: rig the system in order to get your clicks. Sometimes they are messing with the algorithm with bad pixels, sometimes they are preying on the clickable tendencies of drone human psychology. It is the web world we live in now.
[The Faster Times]
>One local sportswriter’s memory of when Len Bias died.
[Washington City Paper]
>The youngest picture of Kirk Hinrich that I’ve ever seen.
>Ex-Washington Bullet Calbert Cheaney is heading back to the University of Indiana to be the director of basketball operations under Tom Crean (he’d been working for the Golden State Warriors for several seasons).