Some sort of D.C. pick, a couple words, and several links…
[12th Street ramp, Francis Case Memorial Bridge, SW Washington, D.C.]
The big scuttlebutt today comes from the Twitter account @DraftExpress. Jonathan Givony reports:
Sources say Washington & Phoenix have been the most active teams trying to trade up for Derrick Williams. T’Wolves want a “veteran big man.”
Interesting. Sure, this could be nothing, but thank god for Twitter for allowing us to immediately go wild with speculation. Still, I imagine Ernie Grunfeld has been working the hotlines like no other, whether for No. 2 or a myriad of other maneuvers. One trade I wouldn’t do, which David Kahn and Minnesota would likely be highly amenable toward, is JaVale McGee and the sixth pick for the second pick. McGee, basketball sense aside, is way too valuable.
TV analyst Jeff Van Gundy said at the onset of NBA Finals game one that he was particularly surprised at Dallas’ defensive matchups of having Shawn Marion guard Dwyane Wade and DeShawn Stevenson guard LeBron James. Was LeBron going to be surprised that the Mavs might have been trying to antagonize him by the presence of his rival Stevenson? Or was Dallas coach Rick Carlisle trying to get the most out of DeShawn by giving him the defensive matchup he desired? Stevenson had decent success in the beginning, but well, the Heat ultimately won (Stevenson was pulled for J.J. Barea after minimal time in the third). I’ll be curious to see if anything changes tonight for game two.
Regarding that rivalry, according to Stevenson, it’s over. From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
From his standpoint, Stevenson said the jawing is over. He wasn’t sure if James has put it in the rear-view.
“It probably is [an issue] with him,” Stevenson said. “I don’t know if he forgot about it, but it’s nothing personal. At the end of the day, we’re in the Finals. That’s what we’re worried about: winning a championship.”
Not personal? Maybe. But it did all seemingly start when former Cleveland Cavalier reported to his Bay Area buddy Stevenson something disparaging LeBron might have said about DeShawn. Oh, and there’s also the bitching Stevenson used to do at Mike Miller, when they were teammates in Washington, simply because Miller was wearing LeBron’s shoes. But he’s probably over it and everything.
Interesting quote Flip Saunders gave to the Pioneer Press about his buddy Kevin McHale getting the head coaching job in Houston:
“But I think he’ll do a good job. The reason I say that is because there was always the question of whether he really wanted to put the time in. But with him being away for a couple of years, it shows how much he really missed it. If he’s got the enthusiasm to jump into it, he’s going to do a good job.”
While I certainly do NOT like the Miami Heat, I am a fan of their coach Erik Spoelstra. Did you know he was on the court when Hank Gathers collapsed? Just an interesting fact, but the entire profile Kevin Arnovitz did of him is a must-read.
When Shaq dunked on Gheorghe Muresan in ’96 — I almost remember being at that game.
[SB Nation DC]
Lotta ex-Wizards in the Finals, writes Mike Wise. Also, Mike Bibby didn’t listen to David Falk or his mother.
In your frequent ‘Dan Snyder continues to be the worst, and I am going to really, really stop being a Redskins fan’ report, read the link.
[Washington City Paper]
Attorney General Eric Holder is ordering HBO to make more episodes of the Wire? If only.
When LeBron was a junior in high school he kinda looked like if Pookie from New Jack City smoked steroids.
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